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Demystifying the Pop-up Book with Colette Fu

July 8 - July 12

| $350 – $1200

Demystifying the Pop-up Book – Colette Fu

Dates: July 8 – 12, 2024
Studio: Silkscreen
Tuition: Sliding Scale, $350-$1200
Lab fee: $100
Class limit: 6

Movable books were originally created to illustrate ideas about astronomy, fortune telling, navigation, anatomy of the body, and other scientific principles. Most commercial pop-up book publications today are geared toward children, but pop-up book structures can be used to make engaging works of art for any age- from greeting cards to animations to kinetic sculptures. Complex and engaging pop-up structures are created from a combination of basic mechanisms enhanced by play and imagination. In this workshop, students will learn the basic elements of pop-up paper engineering to more complex mechanisms including platforms, rotating discs, and pull-tabs. We will also briefly discuss how a commercial pop-up book is manufactured and view examples of how pop-up is used in other formats. Most of all, students will learn how to effectively incorporate their own art into their structures to create unique pop-up books, cards, and works of art. Open to all levels.

This workshop takes place in our silkscreen studio, which is located on the second floor up a flight of stairs.

This course is currently full. To be added to the waitlist, please call 845-658-9133, or email us at [email protected]


Colette Fu

Philadelphia-based artist Colette Fu makes complex three-dimensional compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute, and many private and rare archive collections. Colette’s numerous awards include a 2020 Joan Mitchell Artist and Sculptor’s Grant, the Meggendorfer Prize for best paper-engineered artist book, and a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China. In 2017, Colette created the world’s largest pop-up book utilizing her own photographs – Tao Hua Yuan Ji, Source of the Peach Blossoms, a 21×14 feet pop-up book that people could enter, at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.


July 8
July 12
$350 – $1200
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