The history of altered books will be covered, with attention to landmark creations like Tom Phillips’ A Humument, ( one of the early examples of this type of alteration. Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed, compiled by Laura Heyenga, and found on, will serve an inspirational compendium (purchase not required).


I don’t usually say how much fun it is to take my class, but these are not “normal” times. You may ask yourself, “Why pay to take a class online when I can watch so many videos for free?” The unique aspect of our online class is the sense of community and camaraderie in a learning atmosphere. The experience, even if mediated by digital devices and the internet, of meeting regularly to discuss projects and share homework with others brings us together in much the same way as our “in the flesh” classes do. Please join us and experience the joys of making art with like-minded students.


Wednesdays, 10 AM–1 PM

July 1–August 12 (7 Weeks, 21 Total Hours of Instruction)




We are pleased to offer this class online using Zoom video conferencing. This mimics, as closely as possible, what normally happens in our classrooms at the Athenaeum. In this time when many of us are experiencing anxiety and isolation, this format allows us to continue to provide enriching experiences of artistic growth and community building.


The technology to make this happen is quite simple. You only need a computer (phone or tablet) with a camera, microphone, and internet connection and we are here to help you should you experience any technical difficulties.


Once you register, look for an email with more information and detailed instructions in the week preceding the class start date.


Stay safe and be well! And thank you for your continued support of our school.


MATERIALS: Books to alter: old dictionaries, encyclopedias, children’s books, discarded novels, hardbacks or paperbacks, treasures or trash. Look around—they are everywhere; X-Acto knife and blades, scissors, metal ruler, Lineco Neutral pH Adhesive (aka PVA glue), UHU glue stick. Optional: various watercolors; paints; crayons; ink pads and stamps; Dremel tool; sandpaper. Collagraph material: foam core; craft foam; acrylic paints. All materials will be discussed in the first class meeting. As of now Dick Blick (on India Street) and Michael’s are both offering curbside pickup. 


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