Connected Art Workshop: Introduction to Book Art

Thursday, April 16
4:00–6:00 p.m.
Virtual Only

Handmade books capture your ideas while inspiring you as unique creations. Alumna artist April Marten will guide you through the basics of making books using objects you already have at home that might otherwise be recycled or thrown away. You can use your handmade book for journaling, storytelling, sketching, saving small items, and more.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members, per participant. All ages are welcome in any location.

Recommended supplies for this art workshop:

  • 8.5 x 11 inch copy paper or other blank paper
  • Medium-weight paper of your choice (Example: paper grocery bag, cardstock, decorative craft paper, watercolor paper, used shipping mailer, magazine cover, construction paper)
  • Book awl or other sharp tool (pushpin, X-acto knife, nail, or compass)
  • Sewing needle with large eye (tapestry or embroidery needles work well)
  • Bone folder (Can use popsicle stick or old credit card/hotel key instead) for pressing the folded paper
  • Waxed linen thread or any strong string or cord that fits through the needle
  • Office binder clips (Can use paperclips, clothes pins, or bobby pins instead) for holding the pages together while you sew
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard or old magazine to protect your table
  • Washi tape (optional)
  • Glue stick (optional)
  • Ruler (optional)

About Connected Art Workshops

Make artistic connections and expand your creativity from home. McColl Center’s Connected Art Workshops are taught live online by Charlotte-based artists.


Q: Where do I have to be to access Connected Art workshops?  

A: Anywhere you have a strong Wi-Fi or data connection. The comfort of your home is the perfect place to be. We recommend setting up at a desk, the kitchen table, or the floor so you have space to spread out and be creative.

Q: How interactive will the workshop be?  

A: As interactive as you want it to be. The workshop will happen live via a web platform, and you’re encouraged to share video as you’re working, be social, and ask questions. If you prefer to leave your camera off and work on your own, that’s totally fine too. 

Q: What software do I need to download?  

A: All you have to do is click the workshop link (listed as meeting link) in the email. You’ll be prompted to download and install the video launcher and you’ll be all set. We recommend joining the meeting about 5 minutes early so you can turn on your webcam and microphone too. If you’re joining the workshop on your phone, you can use the platform’s app. You can find information on joining specific to your device here. We’ll send the meeting link to you via email when you purchase the workshop. 

Q: Is there any other way I can support artists at McColl Center?  

A: Yes! If you want to support stipends and emergency travel for the artists-in-residence, contracts for teaching artists, and wages for hourly staff, you can make a gift directly to us at Your gift—large or small— is appreciated and extremely helpful to continue our mission to champion artists and spark creativity.