Codex Workshops at Kala

Saturday, February 5, 2011

For more information about Codex Book Fair, check their website:

In collaboration with the CODEX Foundation, Kala will offer a series of half-day workshops in our new studios and gallery on Saturday, February 5!

Codex Workshops at Kala

The Mobile Printshop      Register Now!
Location: Kala Art Institute Gallery?2990 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley CA 94702?Date & Time: Saturday, February 5, 2011?9am-12pm?Instructor: Till Verclas
Registration Fee: $150

Bring small, pre-etched copper plates (roughly postcard size). Any technique is allowed. If you do not have any, just bring the plate and an idea for what you want to draw on it. Till will demonstrate inking, wiping, and how to pour liquid plaster on it. There are a lot of little tricks to achieve the best results. The plaster will show every detail from your plate, even scratches. There also will be some helpful hints, such as what to do with the plaster afterwards.

When poetry meets contemporary art, or: how the text is getting a shape
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Location: Kala Art Institute Galley?2990 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley CA 94702
Date & Time: Saturday, February 5, 2011, 9am-12pm
Instructor: Johannes Strugala, Despalles editions
Registration Fee: $150

Lecture-workshop with images and open discussion about Despalles’ artist’s books: examples of their concept, technique and construction; the liberation of typography as a visual art; the variable aspects of the double-page as the basis of the book when its form is the codex.

Paperworks: paper is more than a surface      Register Now!

Location: Kala Art Institute Studios 1060 Heinz Ave. Berkeley CA 94710
Date & Time: Saturday, February 5, 2011, 9am-12pm
Instructor: Denise Lapointe, Papeterie Saint-Armand
Registration Fee: $150

Denise Lapointe of the Papeterie Saint-Armand will bring a portfolio of prints and books using paper in unusual ways. A set of St. Armand paper samples will be given to each participant. We then will fold, weave or knit humid (not dripping wet) pulp and run it in an etching press to create a bond between the fibres. This can be done over an embossing plate, an inked image or an existing waterproof print on tissue paper which will melt into the humid background.

Denise’s background in printmaking has made her a helpful part of the Papeterie Saint-Armand since 1992. The mill founded by David Carruthers in 1979 makes a wide range of papers quite a few can be seen on the tables of the CODEX exhibitors.

Matagalpa Transfer – 12 Years of A Graphic and Printshop Project in Nicaragua, Bringing Know-how and getting Impressions     Register Now!

Location: Kala Art Institute Gallery 2990 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley CA 94702
Date & Time: Saturday, February 5, 2011, 1-4pm
Instructor: Eckhard Froeschlin
Registration Fee: $150

This seminar will explore the short history and the artistic development of the TALLERCONTIL group in Matagalpa/Nicaragua, established in 1998. Coming directly from Nicaragua, Eckhard Froeschlin will have some examples of graphic and book art in Matagalpa to show, photographs from workshops there and four artists’ books that refer directly to Nicaragua, to travels there and to Nicaraguan poetry. BORDERS & COLLABORATIONS, the CODEX Symposium theme, also offers a base for this workshop, which is to encourage artists to get into intercultural and intercontinental relations.

Coptic Book Binding     Register Now!

Location: Kala Art Institute Gallery 2990 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley CA 94702
Date & Time: Saturday, February 5, 2011, 1-4pm
Instructor: Sabine Golde
Registration Fee: $150

The Coptic binding style is one of the oldest bookbinding techniques. It comes from Agypth, more than 2000 years ago. The books made without glue and they are very good to open. This technique can be used with covers of binders board, but also with wood, plexiglas, metal, and other rigid materials.

Holistic Book Design     Register Now!

Location: Kala Art Institute Gallery 2990 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley CA 94702
Date & Time: Saturday, February 5, 2011,1-4pm
Instructor: Marshall Weber
Registration Fee: $150

Holistic Book Design will assist in the appraising, cataloging, critiquing, creative appreciation and designing of both mainstream and artists books. It provides a succinct vocabulary for analyzing the aesthetic, conceptual and material achievements of the contemporary artist book genre and expands the two dimensional visual model of book design into a three dimensional sensory model that considers and highlights the relationship of the entire human body to the book form rather than just the eyes and intellect. It examines the visceral nature of book design and function and focuses on complete system functionality as opposed to component design or material and craft design structures. The workshop uses specific artist books to demonstrate specific design characteristics; both the presenter and workshop participants will handle artists book during the workshop.

Mezzotint     Register Now!

Location: Kala Art Institute Studios 1060 Heinz Ave. Berkeley CA 94710
Date & Time: Saturday, February 5, 2011, 1-4pm
Instructor: Judith Rothchild
Registration Fee: $150

A brief introduction to the process by professional mezzotint artist Judith Rothchild. With the aid of plates and a series of proofs, students will be introduced to the tools and shown how to rock a plate and bring up the image. Using examples of her prints and books, Judith will show the opportunities that this technique offers. The process is slow and the workshop brief, but the students will have the opportunity to use the tools and experiment on plates which will be printed at the end of the workshop.

Check out the Codex Workshop at San Francisco Center for the Book

Experimental Typography: Poetry Meets Contemporary Art
Friday, February 11, 10am – 5pm
Class Fee: $110
Materials fee (payable to the teacher the day of class): $15
Held at San Francisco Center for the Book
300 De Haro Street, Suite 334 San Francisco, CA 94103

In conjunction with the international book fair, CODEX, visiting instructor and expert typographer Johannes Strugalla brings you this dynamic one day workshop in typesetting.

Explore the visual power of typefaces and compose “drawings” using wood and metal type. Learn to choose fonts and sizes and how to mix typefaces to create a dynamic letter-based image. Participants will create a personal typographical work or work collaboratively to create a group-piece.
Johannes Strugalla (born 1943 in Silesia), visual artist, typographer and poet, is one of the leading book artists in Germany and in France. He studied at the University of Mainz (visual arts, history of art, philosophy, French literature) and in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts. He set up his own workshop for woodcut and letterpress printing in Mainz. In his artwork he explores the various techniques and esthetic facets of drawing. Johannes Strugalla’s work is the basis for all of despalles édition’s publishing. See:

Materials required: sketch and/or tracing-paper and pens, cutter, scissors, paper glue, photocopying machine and/or scanner and printer, computer, typographical equipment, inking material, proof-press or other, sheets of printing paper.
Registration by phone: 415-565-0545×13 or

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