Artist Books

Course #5000007

Required materials for the FIRST class:
light weight paper
something to write and draw with
bone folder if you have one
collage materials
rubber stamps if you like

Materials for subsequent classes: (All materials on this list will be explained at the first class.)
assorted paper: text weight, cover weight, decorative endsheet paper
2 collage bags and / or a pad of 90lb paper can work
bone folder
assorted scissors
dry adhesives: glue stick, double-stick tape, and/ or transfer tape, etc.
awl - long thin point.  An etching needle or potter’s needle are ok
needles: large eye (big enough for heavy thread) dulled point
linen thread (available from instructor at $1/length
a book to alter

Optional materials:
exacto knife and blades, cutting mat
colored pencils
collage materials, buttons, beads, etc
rubber stamps and stamp pads

*Other materials may be assigned as needed

You are required to purchase this textbook: How To Make Books
Additional optional reading: Magic Books and Paper Toys
by Esther K. Smith

These can be purchased from: McNally Jackson Bookstore or from your instructor on the first night of class, or wherever books are sold.

Suggested supply stores:
Talas - 330 Morgan Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211,  212-219-0770
NY Central Art Supply - 3rd Ave and East 11th Street, NYC
Royalwood - 517 Woodville Road  Mansfield, Ohio 44907,  1-800-526-1630
Daniel Smith Art Supply - 1-800-426-6740 , Seattle WA
Da Vinci - 132 West 21st St. 212-871-0220  or 137 E. 23rd St. 212-982-8607

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.