Collage artist Arp-Sandel leads Athenaeum workshops in April: Register today!





On Saturday, April 2, Karen Arp-Sandel leads a three-hour (1 – 4 pm), hands on workshop at the Athenaeum: Make your own book and tell your own tale. Artist and IS183 faculty member  Arp-Sandel guides participants in the process of visual storytelling through the making of simple book forms and Collage techniques for expressing a story or idea with images.

Participants will learn to make an “Accordion Fold Book” and/or a simple small “Pamphlet Stitch” book (basic binding). Suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience, this experiential workshop will jump start your creativity and enliven your imagination.

On Saturday, April 9 (1 – 4 pm), Arp-Sandel leads Altered Books: Bring New Life to Old Books. Participants will choose a used, “discard book” to alter, using fun techniques that include Collage, drawing and mark making with mixed media materials, rubber stamping, paper weaving, folding pages, adding pockets and much, much more.

Enjoy exploring the richness of paper, the joy of color and the adventure of texture as you build layers of meaning into your altered book project. Each participant will bring home an altered book that can serve as a sampler of ideas for further exploration. Anyone can do it. No prior experience needed. All materials provided.

All materials provided. These free workshops are for Adults and Children age 12 or older.

Space is limited and Registration is required. To register contact or (413) 499-9480 ext. 202.

The 2011 Pittsfield Reads project is receiving funding through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with monies from LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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