The Handmade Book

5-10 MAY 2019

for between 6 and 12 Participants 

Enjoy being creative? Love the countryside and nature?
Ever thought of combining the two?

Do you love the alchemy of images and words that fuse and grow with the turning of pages? 

Do the intertwining layers of meaning that can arise from within a book fascinate you? 

If so, then creating an “artist’s book” (a work of art in the form of a book) is something for you! This five-day workshop will provide a comprehensive introduction to this rich and growing field, giving you the chance to look at our world and develop your creativity from a different perspective, far removed from your daily routine.

The workshop comprises morning sessions, kicking off right after breakfast. We’ll explore the immediate surroundings, which will provide us with our inspiration: anything from a lone flower or stone to the stunning landscape itself. We will draw (or write) what we see or feel, in or out of doors. Going with the flow, we’ll create a series of drawings using a variety of techniques and materials, with the aim of bringing them all together to make uniquely personal, one-of-a-kind books.

Before lunch, there’ll be closer look at the more practical and conceptual aspects of bookmaking. We’ll examine some of the basic forms of bookbinding, including Japanese, concertina and, long-stitch binding. Step by step, we’ll experience how to create pacing and rhythm, how to tell a story using our drawings, with or without words.

The surroundings will help us channel our energy, improvisation, creativity and spontaneity and switch between intuitive and conceptual working processes. All you have to do is come along and allow yourself to go wherever your creativity may lead you in this bookmaking process. 

The afternoons will be free for you to do whatever you want, being it exploring the beautiful countryside, relaxing or anything else!

This workshop is open to anyone and everyone, but its size will be limited to 12 participants. This will ensure you receive individual attention from the tutor whilst also enjoying a real sense of team spirit.

The course will be given in English.


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Arrival is in the evening of 5 May 2019, and we will start with dinner. The course will end with lunch on 10 May.. 

Classes will be in the morning, a total of four hours with a break in the middle. Your remaining time will be free to explore the area or to rest. For more information on things to do in the area, please check here


Accommodation, Food & Rates

You will be staying at Casa Vall Vell and Casa Pep.

Check here for detailed information.

5 days: 630 euros (private room supplement: 100 euros)


The classes, basic material, accommodation and food.

Not included: one meal out, transport to Cérvoles

For full booking terms and conditions please click here.

Book early! Registrations close 1 March 2019.

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Your teacher

Uta Schneider studied visual communications at the Offenbach Academy of Art and Design. With more than 30 years of experience as a fine artist and an independent book designer, not to mention her great teaching experience, she possesses wide-ranging insight into the book as an art form.

After being in charge of the annual "The Best German Book Design" and "Best Book Design from All Over the World" competitions, she returned to freelancing as a teacher and artist in 2012, and has given workshops all over the world.