The dig­ital age may have ush­ered in the emer­gence of e-​​readers, but on Tuesday morning, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity took printed books back to their roots.

Deb­orah Davidson, an accom­plished artist, curator and teacher, led a work­shop in the Snell Library lobby instructing stu­dents, teachers and staff on how to create a book by folding a sheet of paper into eight panels. Par­tic­i­pants were able to col­lage, draw, write and even sew to make the books their own, while sifting through a wide selec­tion of pen­cils, markers, yarns, pic­tures and stencils.

The work­shop kicked off a three-​​day slate of events with Davidson, spon­sored by the Human­i­ties Center’s Artists and Prac­ti­tioners in Res­i­dence Pro­gram (APRP). The theme of Davidson’s res­i­dency is “Con­sid­ering Books.”

There is some­thing pro­found about the object of a book, which has remained unchanged for centuries,” Davidson said. “The book as a con­tainer of ideas, narrative, images and text is ever com­pelling for artists, designers and writers — for those who cri­tique and under­stand culture.”

Even as the pop­u­larity soars for elec­tronic devices such as Kin­dles and iPads, Davidson stressed the impor­tance of rec­og­nizing the book as an object.

I per­son­ally embrace both. I think the two worlds have to co-​​exist,” said Davidson, who is a fac­ulty member in the Master of Fine Arts pro­gram in the Art Insti­tute of Boston at Lesley University.

One par­tic­i­pant in Tuesday’s work­shop was third-​​year stu­dent Rachel Bater. A dual major in com­mu­ni­ca­tions studies and art, Bater said the work­shop offered a new oppor­tu­nity to explore art in an engaging way. “It gives me a little inspi­ra­tion. I can start some­thing here and then take it home with me and do some­thing more with it,” said Bater, who also works at Northeastern’s Gallery 360.

The gallery is cur­rently hosting an art exhibit — “What is Con­tained: The Book as Sub­ject and Object” — through April 12 that fea­tures the work of six artists, including Davidson, who explore the book as an essen­tial part of society.

The res­i­dency events con­tinue this after­noon. Davidson will host a work­shop focusing on the rewards and chal­lenges of pur­suing a career in the arts, from 2:50 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Human­i­ties Center. She will take part in a panel dis­cus­sion, “Beyond the Pages: The Future of the Book,” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in 309 Kar­i­otis Hall. Both events are open to the public.

Cre­ated in 2009, the APRP brings inno­v­a­tive, cre­ative indi­vid­uals to campus to create inter­dis­ci­pli­nary dia­logues that engage and ener­gize the North­eastern community.