Making Artists’ Books

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-12:00 or 13:00-14:30 FREE
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What is an artist’s book? And why are they made?

An artist’s book explores the interplay of form, text and image. While an artist’s book can be a work of art in book form, it can also challenge that form. Discover the wonder of these unique objects in this hands-on workshop for Secondary and FE students. Led by art specialists, learners will create their own artist book to take back to the classroom.

In the first part of the session, students will be introduced to our unique collection of books created by women artists on display in our Treasures of the British Library gallery. Developing critical and reflective thinking and visual literacy skills, they will look at how artists have used experimentation and imagination to break the mould of the traditional book form.

The second half of the workshop will see students take part in practical exploration, developing and making their own artist book. They will experiment with a range of art and design techniques including paper construction, embossing, printing and collage.

This session will support students in developing skills for - and creating content for - their own coursework or portfolio.


Please know we are fully booked September and October 2023


Age group: Years 7 - 13
When: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-12:00 or 13:00-14:30
Length: 90 minutes
Group size:

Minimum 10 students; maximum 30 students (no minimum number for SEN groups)

Key skills: Art and Design
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7412 7797
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