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Map Fold: Experimental Mark-Making Contained, March 2023

March 25, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This class is currently at capacity. To be added to a waiting list, please send your name and the name of the class to us using the button below. We'll let you know if a spot opens up or another session is added.

An In-Studio Workshop!

Saturday, March 25, 10am-4pm

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About this Workshop:

Explore the map fold and its structural possibilities for bookmaking. This workshop will begin with experimental mark-making exercises to cover sheets of paper with ink and paint using non-traditional materials. Free yourself and embrace new visual languages! Then, we’ll learn the traditional map fold and how to join our painted sheets of paper into this sculptural book format. We’ll conclude with learning all the components, tools, and techniques for marrying our abstract content into this book structure, including making a book-cloth-wrapped hardcover. 

Level: Beginner – no previous experience necessary

Registration closes March 16, 2023. Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.

Sample images by Nathalie Ryan


Registration includes a $30 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including book board, book cloth, PVA glue, ribbon, and paper. Students may also want to consider bringing the following optional items:

  • Personal apron
  • Notebook or sketchbook and pen for note taking


Nathalie A. Ryan is an educator, artist, writer, and musician, enjoying life in DC by wandering, wondering, and experimenting. Since 2002, she has led public programs at the National Gallery of Art and facilitated Professional Development Workshops for K-12 Educators at Harvard Project Zero. A certified mindfulness meditation facilitator and advocate for the role of the arts in nurturing cognitive, social-emotional, and ethical dispositions, Nathalie believes in the power of the arts to help people slow down, notice the world around them in new ways, spark curiosity, and deepen connection with oneself and others.

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