Monthly Archives: February 2011

My Corcoran Class Becomes a Pop-Up

Pop-Up Group photo of Carol Barton's Paper Engineering Class at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC

Presenting a group pop-up photo of the new Sculptural Books class I’m now teaching at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC.  In this graduate-level class we’re exploring various sculptural book forms and creating a series of finished pop-up pages and paper engineered structures. The class already has completed a basic pop-up and two accordion books, one with architectural pop-up additions. I’ll be doing more posts on projects as the class progresses. If you’re interested in making your own pop-up photograph, click on this link to my web site. If you’d like to learn to make more pop-ups, you can order copies of The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volumes One and Two.

Packed Pop-Up Workshop at George Mason U.

George Mason University Campus, Fairfax, VAGeorge Mason pop-up class

George Mason University’s Art Department in Fairfax, Virginia, was the site of a paper engineering marathon on Wednesday. I taught a group of over thirty printmaking, graphic design, and photography majors along with members of the school’s Printmakers’ Guild, which sponsored the workshop. Participants enthusiastically set about inventing their own pop-up cards and images after learning the basic structures. I’m sure the day’s instruction will lead to some exciting projects over the course of  the semester.

Philadelphia Class Makes Pop-Ups

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PASculptural Books Class, University of the Arts, 2011

Students in the Sculptural Books class at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia spent this Monday’s class with Carol making simple cut-and-fold pop-up models. Next week Carol will demonstrate the making of a series of glued pop-up structures that students can incorporate as sculptural elements into their ongoing artist’s book projects.


Pop-Up Sparks Fly in the Smithsonian’s Spark Lab

It was a busy day at the Smithsonian Institution’s Spark Lab on Saturday, with kids and their parents inventing their own pop-ups in two workshop sessions. Talking animals, historic figures, and Valentine’s Day hearts were some of the subjects that these young paper engineers explored. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the workshops were held in conjunction with the current exhibition Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop and Turn. I’ll be conducting two more workshops on February 26th at 11:30 am and 2 pm, again at the Spark Lab in the National Museum of American History.