The Jaffe Center for Book Arts offers numerous workshops and classes in book arts topics throughout the year. These are open to all who are interested in learning the art and craft of the handmade book. Very often prior experience is not a requirement; you just need the curiosity that makes anyone want to learn something new. We offer you classes with instructors on our own staff as well as classes with renowned book artists from around the globe.
Book Arts 101: These introductory immersion workshops are the best way to experience JCBA. You'll enjoy an engaging presentation of artists' books from the Jaffe Collection, hear a few seasonal stories, operate our Vandercook 4 printing press and bind a book, too, that's yours to keep. We offer BA101 workshops all year long, a few times each semester, and each one is a variation on a theme depending on the season: usually around Valentine's Day, at the Vernal Equinox in March, twice in the summer (Midsummer in June and again in July or August), at Halloween time and again as we approach the Winter Solstice. These introductory workshops are so popular, we know of a few folks who take them over and over again. Tuition for BA101 is always self-determined: offer what you can, in good spirit.