How to Conceptualize and Create an Artist Book

Event Info

This class will take place across 4 sessions:

  • Tue, Jan 12 10am-12pm EDT
  • Tue, Jan 19 10am-12pm EDT
  • Tue, Jan 26 10am-12pm EDT
  • Tue, Feb 2, 10am-12pm EDT

During this intensive project based remote course, students will learn “how to think and create an artist book” by examining their concept, aesthetic, and techniques. The course will start with a brief exploration of what an artist book is, followed by a demonstrations of an accordion book structure (dos-a-dos); the technique of monoprints on plexiglass, zinc or copper (a form of printmaking that produces a unique print) for images and text, and the construction of a Slip case box. Students will be able to create their own artist book in four sessions. No prerequisites needed, but ideal book arts knowledge or experience in order to level the class.

There are a total of 8 spots open in this small-group workshop.

If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. This application should be completed three weeks before the workshop’s start date.

Required materials:

  • 2 Book Board 0.098
  • A variety of book-cloths
  • PVA glue with brushes, rollers or sponge brushes
  • 5-10 Printmaking paper like BFK or Arches, white or cream
  • 1 bonefolder
  • 1 roll of wax paper
  • 1 exacto knife
  • 1 ruler and square
  • 1 cutting surface
  • a variety of etching inks (Blick art, Gambling ink)
  • printmaking spatulas
  • 2-3 speedball rollers (Blick Art)
  • 1 plexiglass surface, or zinc or copper plate
  • 1 baren, or wood spoon for cooking
  • 1 roll of paper towel
  • 1 container Alcohol (99 purity is ideal but can also be any other you find)
  • a few cotton Q-tips for painting

Note: If you don’t have everything gathered for the first class no worries, since we will start using the materials related to printmaking starting from the second class. We will discuss this point in the first class too.

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