Book arts: creative paper engineering

Course Dates: 23/05/19 - 27/06/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Clare Bryan

Be creative with paper and develop the 2D page into 3D pop-ups. Learn folding techniques and simple book structures to create and explore your ideas. Suitable for beginners.


What is the course about?

During the six sessions you will look at and develop the 2D page into 3D pop-up. Exploring folding techniques and simple book structures to create and develop your ideas. With opportunity to practice and produce a number of pop-ups which can be used as models for adaptation and innovation.

What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:

"Seeing the examples, having clear instructions, making and exploring a varied range of pop-ups and coming away with books, showing off the pop-ups at their best."


What will we cover?

You will be introduced to various folding techniques and simple book structures such as zig-zag & pamphlet bindings. With opportunity to practise and produce a number of models that will provide you with a good working knowledge of the materials and techniques required to enable you to develop your pop-up skills within the book form.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Select and use appropriate materials
- Understand the importance of grain direction
- making a range of folded mechanisms - Making folded book structures
- Combining pop-up with the book page.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for beginners, as well as those with some experience.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through demonstration, practice and discussion you will be taught as a group and individually as required. Handouts will accompany demonstrations. You will be encouraged to investigate the current and historical literature on the subject, and will be informed of publications and events which maybe of interest. The course is structured to manage the work within the class but preparation work on individual ideas may need to be carried out outside course time.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The bindery is equipped with most tools but you will be expected to provide your own personal handtools. Nothing need be bought before starting the course. A list of equipment and suppliers will be provided at the first lesson. The class has some materials which may be bought. It is expected that you will increasingly provide your own as your experience and individual requirements and preferences develop. Information and advice on materials and larger pieces of equipment will always be available. You should expect to spend up to £25 to provide yourself with the basic handtools and materials.If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Suitable follow on courses include VD291, VD290, VD292, VD299, VD190, and VD262. Your tutor will be able to advise you during the course.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: VD290

Thu, day, 23 May - 27 Jun '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £289.00
Senior fee: £231.00
Concession: £176.00

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