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Bookmaking with Second Graders

Diana MacKenzie

Last week I spent two days at Fausey Elementary School in West Springfield, MA teaching the the four, second-grade classes how to make two different styles of books. Based on the feedback from the children, their favorite part of the 75-minute class was learning how to turn a simple accordion book into a pop-up, complete with secret doors and tabs.

After we folded our accordion books, students worked independently deciding what to draw or collage, hiding secret things behind their doors and making something pop off of each page. They worked with solid and patterned paper shapes, colorful stickers from Demco and magazine clippings. Here are a few more photos of the students’ pop-up books:

In addition to the popup accordion book, the children made a Rainbow book with sets of warm or cool colors (pictured in the photos above and below). I made the same style book with a classroom of kindergarteners last month but this version was slightly more advanced because the second graders bound the pages together with a rubber band and a stick.

We just started a new Public Art Project today that is very similar to the pop-up books we made at Fausey, so if if these photos make you excited about the possibilities of bookmaking, be sure to stop by the Studio before July 10th to make your own! Thanks for having me Fausey Elementary!


Diana, smiling wearing an orange scarf and brown shirt.

Diana MacKenzie

Public Art Program Educator from 2007-2016, Diana has a BFA in Printmaking from Syracuse University and creates mixed-media works inspired by her travels, combining her interests in printmaking and sculpture. She received her M.A.T. from Mount Holyoke College in June 2017, and continues teaching visual arts to children and adults.