(Currently Sold Out)
Optical Toys that Mesmerize:
Spooky Edition
Instructor Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder

Virtual Workshop
Two Wednesdays: October 20 & 27, 2021
5 to 7 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From wherever you are, via Zoom.
(This workshop will be recorded!)
Currently Sold Out

Tuesday October 5 at 10 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Long before animation and motion pictures, we had optical toys. In this workshop, we will create a collection of paper optical toys developed in the early 19th century, like the zoetrope and phenakistoscope. These devices spin around a set sequence of images to create the illusion of movement. Templates to create model structures will be provided, along with tips for creating your own content that bridges books, toys, and animation. And since we'll be in the midst of Hallowe'en season, the optical toys we'll make in this edition of the workshop will all have a certain spooky spin.


Tablet or computer with internet connection • X-Acto knife or scalpel and extra blades • Bone folder • Metal ruler (at least 12”) • Small Triangle/Set Square 3-4” • Compass (or a string and thumbtack) • Cutting mat • Scissors • PVA • Glue brush • Wastepaper • Pencil • Materials kit that will be mailed to you.


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops, and for this one, you must register by Tuesday October 5 at 10 PM Eastern Daylight Time. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu. Sending your email will begin the registration process.


This workshop has a set tuition of $135, which includes a materials fee for a kit that will be mailed to you. Our apologies: due to the prohibitive cost and current uncertainty in international shipping, we are restricting this workshop to participants with US mailing addresses only.


Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder is the proprietor of Coyote Bones Press and is JCBA's 2019––2021 Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence. Keri holds an MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing from Mills College, has worked as a studio assistant for Julie Chen at Flying Fish Press, and as a bookbinder at BookLab II. She is the host of the Books in the Wild podcast. Keri’s artists' books are held in special collections libraries including UC Berkeley, UCLA, Penn State, Stanford, RISD, Otis College of Art and Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Jaffe Collection.

This workshop will be recorded, and you'll have access to the recording for at least two weeks after the workshop. Should you require more time than that, let us know. We are flexible!