Category Archives: Book-Making

Join the Book-Making Camp!

Making artist books – July Camp!

Most places at the Explorator/Robinson Crusoe camp have been taken up for July, but there are still spaces available for the Book-making camp!

So, here is the info again:

Book-Making Camp (July camp only)

Come spend a week discovering how to make books. From building the structure to filling it up. Whether to sketch, write down ideas, or keep notes, many different people keep books. In this camp, we will explore what “BOOK” means to us, and find many different ways to expand on the definition.

Run by artist-scientist Isabelle Desjeux, these camps provide structured time to learn a skill and open time to discover and perfect personal interests. A guest artist will make an appearance, providing a different perspective!

Making friends is also a great part of the camp and we invite parents to join us on the very last day, from 11:00am onward to come and view an exhibition of the works, and meet the new friends. Bring some food to share and we’ll have a picnic.

WHO: for children 6 – 12 years old
WHEN: Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13, 2012 –  9:30am – 12:30 pm
WHERE: l’Observatoire @ Bukit Timah Turf City.
HOW MUCH: $350

For information : call Isabelle at 92734991 or use the form below to send an information request


Open Studio

A place to explore and create art for teenagers.

In this studio, you’ll have a space to create your own art, be inspired by peers, and get advice and guidance when needed. Over 10 sessions, explore different media and find your voice.

Drawing: pencil, charcoal, and alternative mark-making

Painting: watercolour and acrylics

Printmaking: relief printing (woodcut, lino, collographs), etching, silk-screen

Object-making: basic clay work; working with found objects; papier mâché.

Saturday, 9.30 – 11.30 am. Fees:  $ 50 per class or  $ 450 for 10 class session.

Tintin, the 3 little pigs, and other original stories: Book-making week

Making Books

Kirsty's testimonial

One of the 20 hand-written letters received after running a book-making workshop for 2nd graders at SJII. The best testimonial ever!

Next week, from Oct 31 to Nov 1st, It’s Book-Binding week… in French (French School Holidays!)

If you are older than 8, you can join! You will get a chance to look through my collection of hand-made artist books, and each day, we’ll experiment with a different book-binding strategy.

Whether it’s wood, leather, cloth, fancy paper, hinges, recycling paper, string, rope, all the material will be there to experiment with.

Could you imagine making making a book with just what you find in the forest? We might just step into the backyard and see what we find…

Check out the poster below (details in English here.)

Summer Camps 2011

Week I: June 27 – July 1 – Have fun with Watercolors

Lillies, watercolor by Camille (6 years old)

5-day exploration where you can pick up drawing tips, learn about colour and tame the watercolours on paper. An ideal medium for the summer as it is portable…

Location: Gardenia Studio

Schedule: 9:30am-12:30pm

For: 5-12 year olds

Fees: $400 (inc. all material)

Week II: July 4 – July 8 – Learn Printmaking

Linocut print by Jesse (9 years old)

Explore the various types of printmaking from relief printing to intaglio, using a real press, but also silk-screen-printing. Printmaking allows you to produces beautiful designs even without drawing skills, and there is an element of surprise in the result that you will never tire of marveling at…

Location: Gardenia Studio

Schedule: 9:30am-12:30pm

For: 7-14 year olds

Fees: $500 (inc. all material)

 10,11,12 August (am) : Jungle Drawing

Animals in the Garden by Students (7 years old)

Introduction to drawing, on the theme of the jungle. Each half-day is divided into drawing time and craft time. We start with an introduction to drawing for beginners. The second half of each session is craft-time:
 Paint a canvas and silk-screen print your own design on a T-shirt
On the last day of camp, parents are invited to come in at 12.30pm, for an exhibition: it’s sharing time. The little artists get a chance to discuss their work (drawing, painting and silk-screen) with the visitors.

Location: Hollandse Club

Schedule: 9:30am-1pm

For: 4-8 year olds

Fees: $Price differs for members of the club and non-members  Please check with the club for exact pricing

10, 11, 12 August (pm): Book-Making

Various small books made by myself.

During this camp, the participants get exposed to different ways of making a book, and assembling pages together. In parallel, children will learn to design and make their own stamps to illustrate their story. Finally, each participant will be encouraged to explore their own preferred book design to tell their story.
On the last day, the books will be exposed and stories shared. Parents are invited to come and view the exhibition and share the exhibited works from 5pm onwards.

Location: Hollandse Club

Schedule: 2pm – 5.30pm

For: 6-12 year olds

Fees: $Price differs for members of the club and non-members  Please check with the club for exact pricing

Regular Drawing Classes

Regular Drawing will resume in September. If you have expressed an interest in joining the class, you will receive a notice in August with the details of timing. You can also check back here for more info in late August.


Or request further information through the form below