Playing With the Accordion

Class with Bonnie Thompson Norman

Event Canceled

May 4 & 5, 2019
10 am–4 pm

Accordion books have appeared for centuries across both Western and Eastern cultures. Artists, photographers, printmakers, writers, and illustrators can all make use of the endless possibilities of this format (also known as a concertina). Participants will incorporate techniques such as folding, sewing, pop-ups and weaving in both hard cover and soft cover, and will take away a number of samples and models. No experience necessary. All materials and supplies will be provided.

For Bonnie Thompson Norman books are a passion and a profession. She has been proprietor of The Windowpane Press for about forty years. She learned to print at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles where she took the class so often she became the teacher’s assistant and, eventually, the Studio Director. It was a community-centered environment, which forged a lively and involved dedication to teaching letterpress printing and book arts to as many people as possible in an affordable and accessible atmosphere. Bonnie worked as a hand bookbinder in a commercial bindery for nearly twenty years. She teaches classes in printing and book making in her home studio. Bonnie produces works varied in content, technique, craftsmanship and structure that offer challenging questions, provocative puns and inspiration about timeless and/or contemporary issues in the form of broadsides and artist’s books. Her work is in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally, and has been included in numerous exhibitions and publications.

Bonnie Thompson Norman. Vital Signs: Guideposts for Life’s Journeys and Adventures, 2010. Letterpress printed book from hand set type, hand bound. Image courtesy of artist.


Advance registration required. Due two weeks before the first day of course or class. To ensure registration, submit completed form and full payment. Space is limited. Registration confirmed by email or mailed receipt.

The Frye Art Museum reserves the right to cancel any course or class. If the Museum cancels a course or class, a full refund will be issued. If participant cancels enrollment more than two weeks prior to start date, a full refund will be issued, less a $25 processing fee. No refunds issued with less than two weeks’ notice. To cancel registration, call 206 432 8200 between 9 am–5 pm Monday–Friday.


Continuing education credits and clock hours are available to educators through Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Payments for fees are paid directly to SPU online. Students will receive a link to register via email one week before the first day of class. The cost for Studio Class credits is $50 for 1 credit, $20 for 10 clock hours. Courses taken for credit or clock hours through SPU may not be repeated.