Learn to transform old books into unique art pieces with Charlene Lutz. Ideal for artists and crafters, this online course covers techniques in alteration, collage, and mixed media. Join us to repurpose vintage materials and craft stunning book assemblages.

Oct 17, 2024 - Oct 31, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $250
Workshop Duration: 9 hours over 3 sessions (Thursdays, 12-3pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 12

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
The class meets on Thursdays, Oct 17, 24 & 31 from 12-3pm ET.

In this bookmaking journey, we will gather together, connect, and share inspiration. You will create a stunning artist’s book made of fabrics and papers. All of our creations will be held together between old book covers allowing for a variety of display possibilities. We will add to this book throughout our time together with paint, stitching, drawing and mark making, found and treasured personal objects, photographs, collages, writing, and more. I will teach you how to incorporate found objects, layers, and textures into memorable and unique artist books. We will experiment and explore various mixed media. Finally, we will bind our creations together using stitching techniques. 

Vintage Book Assemblage online workshop - By Charlene Lutz

Vintage Book Assemblage online workshop - By Charlene Lutz

Required supplies:

Note: Links to supplies will be provided before class begins.

  • Symbolic or special vintage book.
  • Assorted papers- watercolor and mixed media paper suggested. Can be cut to all one size to align with your book cover or could be various sizes depending on your personal vision.
  • Scraps of papers – Varying in color,  textures, and thicknesses. Some can be marked on already.
  • Bone folder.
  • Curved bookbinders needle.
  • PVA glue.
  • Awl or heavy duty hole punch.
  • Personal treasures to use throughout your book (suggestions-recipe pages, letters, envelopes, buttons, special tokens, metal hardware, keys, cards, text, old wallpaper, scraps of paper, beads, etc). 
  • Assorted pens.
  • Scraps of Fabrics – I use natural fabrics like cotton, linen, canvas, and silk.
  • Oil Pastel.
  • Soft pastels.
  • Acrylic inks or watercolor.
  • Paint brushes, different sizes.

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Instructor: Charlene Lutz

Charlene Lutz is an artist and educator with over 20 years of experience in multiple school and nature-connected settings. She hopes to hold space and empower others by inspiring creativity in emergent and collaborative ways. Offering workshops and retreats across Maine and beyond, Charlene supports children and adults in finding their authentic, creative voice.

Charlene has a BFA from Pratt Institute and has a Masters in education. She is currently on the Katahdin Children and Families Foundation committee to hold monthly art workshops in their self-directed learning space called The Orchard. She is also a teaching artist for Waterville Creates in Waterville, Maine and an adjunct at Antioch University in New England. She facilitates art and wellness workshops with Inside-Outside Nature Based Educators (Antioch University).