Urgent Museum Notice

Virtual Educator Summer Camp: Tunnel Books

Event Details

Event Date and Time

Wed, Jul 28, 2021
10 to 11:30 am

Tickets and Reservations

This free program is sold out. Email education@nmwa.org to be added to the wait list.



A close up photograph of an artist's book. Each layer of blue paper has an organic, irregular shape cut out of the middle so the layers form a tunnel. A line of text is printed in small type on each page, receding into the tunnel like an underwater cavern.
Sold Out. A hands-on, participatory, and fun 90-minute session for anyone identifying as an educator.

Event Description

Tunnel Books with Julie Chen

Learn to make a tunnel book structure, a three-dimensional sculptural book consisting of page layers that are attached to accordion-folded spines. Consider and explore the range of effects that you can develop using a wide variety of media including found postcards, drawings, and digitally printed photographs.

Registrants receive a recommended supply list, applicable digital resources, and Zoom meeting link one week prior to each session.

Camp activities are largely designed to make use of materials and tools you might have at home, to encourage repurposing and seeing everyday objects in a new light.

Session participants can request a professional development certificate of completion reflecting total earned participation hours.

About the Instructor

Julie Chen is an internationally known book artist who has been publishing limited edition artists’ books under the Flying Fish Press imprint for over 30 years. Her books combine text and image with innovative book structures to create reading experiences that engage the reader in interactions that go far beyond the simple turning of a page. Her work can be found in numerous collections worldwide including the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Sir George Grey Special Collections. In 2009 she was a featured artist in the PBS television series, Craft in America and in 2020 she was one of the featured artists in the documentary film, The Book Makers. She is a professor of Book Art at Mills College in Oakland, California.

This program is sold out. Email education@nmwa.org to be added to the wait list.

About the Virtual Educator Camp Series

Our free, virtual Educator Summer Camp welcomes anyone who identifies as an educator. Sessions, inspired by the ABC Institutes and NMWA’s collection, are hands-on, participatory, and fun!

Independent, 90-minute sessions on a variety of topics are offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Monday, July 12, through Friday, July 30.

Register for one session or many depending on your interest and commitments.