2016WKSP-18 The Artful Pop-Up: A 5-Page Accordion Book

  • 10 Sep 2016
  • 10:00 AM
  • 11 Sep 2016
  • 5:00 PM
  • Toronto ON
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2016WKSP-18

The Artful Pop-Up: A 5-Page Accordion Pop-Up Book with End Covers

Instructor: Helen McCusker

Location: CBBAG bindery

Duration: 2 Days, Saturday & Sunday, Sept 10 & 11

Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Course Fee: $185 members / $245 non-members

Materials Fee: $25 payable to instructor

Prerequisite: none


Using decorative, and hand-painted papers, students will learn to make a variety of nested parallel-fold pop up pages: symmetrical, asymmetrical, and slotted. Students will explore ways to design their pages using paper punches, collage, tearing and mark-making in order to create one-off art pieces. Students may choose to work with a theme, such as colour, texture, a series of similar images, or they may see where their fancy takes them as they create their pages. The instructor will supply a few theme ideas with imagery to support them. The finished pages will be bound between decorated end-boards, with ties, to create an accordion book that can be displayed as a ‘star’ book, or stretched out. The book can be collapsed and tied together when not on display.


Helen McCusker is a practicing artist with over 35 years of experience. A graduate of the Sheridan College Illustration Program, she worked in the publishing industry and did Illustration and Design for publishers such as Hayes, Addison-Wesley, Holt Rinehart & Winston, and Nelson’s. A board member of the Etobicoke Art Group and instructor for both Neilson Park Creative Centre and Visual Arts Mississauga, she is very active in the local arts scene. She shows her work regularly at Neilson Park Creative Center and Visual Arts Mississauga, as well as other venues. Paper Engineering (Pop Up) and Paper Sculpture have been a regular part of Helen’s art practice for over twenty years. She has taught many workshops to a variety of groups, amongst them – The Etobicoke Art Group, Visual Arts Mississauga, and private workshops. Helen’s teaching is based on a solid understanding of paper engineering techniques and practices, and personal attention to each student. She is enthusiastic about helping students discover their potential and encouraging artistic exploration. To see Helen’s work go to: eaglewoodstudios.blogspot.ca or Helen McCusker Artist on Facebook.


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