Zines for Educators

July 7, 8, 9, 2023, 10am-2:30pm

Old Stone House of Brooklyn, 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Join Booklyn on July 7, 8, and 9 for a 3-part series of zine workshops created specifically for educators. Zines for Educators is for anyone working at any level and any group or institution within an educational setting (k-12, college, museums, community organizations, after-school programs, libraries, etc).

This workshop will cover an overview and history of zines, zine design, and creation, and how to use zines in the classroom. Participants will explore how zines can facilitate project-based learning, social-emotional learning, and literacy. We will provide hands-on training to teachers on how to facilitate zine-making in their classrooms. Attendees will receive a print copy of the Booklyn Education Manual as well as lots of fun hand-outs to support their work in the classroom.

We hope to support the history and practice of zine creation in public school classrooms across New York City. If you are a public school educator, please inquire about discounted tuition.

Friday, July 7: Introduction to Zines & Classroom Use

Participants will be introduced to various types of zines, learn about their history, and how to facilitate zine-making in the classroom. Participants will create their own one-sheet zine, as well as several variations, and begin working on a lesson plan for incorporating zines into their own educational practice.

Saturday, July 8: Fundamentals of Design & Production

In the first half of the second session, participants will learn more in-depth analog production techniques, including fundamentals of materials, page layout, cover design, and simple binding techniques. In the second half, participants will coil punch and bind their own copy of the Booklyn Education Manual and explore what the lessons teach beyond zine making. We will also discuss practical teaching tips for how to make zines with different age groups in different educational settings and timeframes.

Sunday, July 9: Zines as Culture & Creating Lesson Plans

The session takes a deeper dive into lesson plans and zine-making techniques. We’ll share the curriculum we used for Zine Camp as an example, explore what additional elements can be brought into those lessons, and how zines can support project-based learning. Finally, We will have a discussion about zine culture to recognize the important contributions of zine making and zinesters from various subcultures and the larger Do-It-Yourself movement. Participants will leave the final session with resources on where to find zines, and a fully completed lesson plan to bring back to their educational setting.

Participants are welcome to attend one, session or both. 

Email [email protected] with any questions.

This program was made possible in part by funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the New York City Council.

Booklyn’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.