K–12 Programming


Since 1998, the Book Arts Program has provided hands-on education in art, history, cultural studies, and literacy appreciation to Utah's school children and educators. As current resources allow, many events are offered at no cost to participants, and programming seeks to serve audiences with greater need and fewer educational opportunities. Through K–12 outreach initiatives, the Program makes classroom visits and hosts workshops, celebrating the innovation, collaboration, and excitement for learning that come from expressing ideas through creative, hands-on experience.


Book Arts Treasure Chest

The Book Arts Treasure Chest takes book arts, a cross-curricular learning tool, directly into Utah classrooms. Treasure Chest teachers present a History of the Book lesson, using rare books and facsimiles as examples that students view and handle, then guide them in making a book that relates to their current curriculum. To schedule a free Treasure Chest visit at your school, please email us at k12bookarts@utah.edu


Educators' Workshops

Educator-specific workshops provide teachers with ideas for cross-disciplinary lessons and bookmaking techniques to integrate into K-12 curricula. Through these free, grant-supported workshops, the Program strives to deliver a variety of bookmaking instruction suitable for teachers and students of all grade levels and abilities. We offer a 2-day intensive every summer and teach half-day workshops for teachers throughout the year. If you are interested in hosting a professional development workshop for your district or school, please get in touch!


Additional Resources for K-12 Teachers

K-12 Bookmaking Newsletter

If you are interested in receiving our K-12 Bookmaking Newsletter, please subscribe here. We send out a newsletter every six weeks with information on upcoming workshops for teachers, ideas for integrating bookmaking into your classroom, and more.

Scholarships for K-12 Teachers

As funding allows, our program offers scholarships to active K-12 educators in many of our community workshops and non-credit courses. Please visit our workshops page to view upcoming courses, application deadlines, and links to apply listed next to each workshop where K-12 scholarships are offered. Limited scholarships cover tuition and supplies and are awarded to randomly selected teachers who apply by the deadline. Teachers may receive no more than one scholarship per school year.

Prepared Classroom Kits and Lesson Plans

For teachers who are experienced in bookmaking and have taken a past workshop, we offer prepared class sets of bookmaking materials on a limited basis, at no cost. Teachers can request kits for their class once each school year as our staffing and resources allow, for up to 40 students. You must be able to pick up materials at the Book Arts Studio in the Marriott Library, during open studio hours (see current hours posted at right). Class sets will be bundled and ready to pass out. We'll include a lesson plan and a couple extra sets so you can prepare your lesson. Tools such as glue sticks and scissors are not included in kits. For more information or to request class sets, please email us at k12bookarts@utah.edu

We are currently offering classroom kits for the following bookmaking activities (click the link to download lesson plan):