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Bookmaking: Family Stories and Memory – Family & Community Workshop (Online)

Family & Community Art Workshop

Families of all ages are invited to join us for this virtual bookmaking workshop that explores themes of memory and family history. Participants will create a leporello book (accordion book), using images and motifs inspired by the personal stories of their families. A leporello book is similar to a codex, which is a written/visual book form used by many ancient cultures throughout the world to interpret time and history. Contemporary use of this format allows for the display of images in a narrative style similar to a photo album or comics, and provides a space to tell a visual story in a linear way with a beginning, middle and end. Together, we will explore the cultural significance of the codex, and our connection to our family’s past through the journey of a chosen ancestor. Open to families and community members ages 5+.

Workshop Supplies Required
– 1 self portrait, either a photocopy or drawing
– 1 ancestor portrait, either a photocopy or drawing
– 2 pieces of 5×4 in cardboard (or some kind of stiff material)
– 2 or 3 sheets of 8.5x 11 in thick paper (printmaking paper/card stock/construction paper)
– Glue (glue stick, Elmer’s, or tape)
– Coloring materials: crayons, color pencils, or paint/brushes
– 2 sheets of 5×4 in decorative paper

Participants are responsible for their own workshop materials; you can purchase an art kit for an additional fee but please register by April 15th. Curbside Pickup & Shipping Information

+ Sliding scale fee 
Inter-generational, all ages

  • Tuition: $25
  • Location: Online
  • Instructor: Eduardo Valadez Arenas
  • 1 Classes
  • Saturday, April 24, 2021 — April 24, 2021
  • 1:00 PM — 2:30PM
  • Art kits are available for an additional fee of $20.

About the Instructor:

Eduardo Valadez Arenas is a Mexican-American artist and educator from Mexico City by way of the Coachella Valley. He currently lives and works in the Bay Area. His artworks echo the diaspora, his Mexican-American heritage, and influences of California pop culture. His mixed-media works on paper and handmade panels contain elements of cartoon illustrations, sign painting, traditional printmaking techniques, and street art. Eduardo works in arts education, youth empowerment, public art, and community collaborations. He has taught at various arts institutions including the Mexican Museum SF, Riverside Museum of Photography, Museum of Children’s Art, Kala Art Institute, and Arise Youth Center. Eduardo received his BFA in Arts Education/Community Arts from the California College of the Arts.