Special Topics in Art: Funky, Folded Books (AR 5560.01)

June 16th, 2010 by Bridget

July 19 – July 20, 9:00 – 4:00 with guest Art Educator, Kerri McLeod (kbmcleod@plymouth.edu)

This course is designed for art teachers, classroom teachers, ESL teachers, or anyone that just enjoys books and the messages they contain within. These projects can be adapted to any grade level, language, and artistic ability since they are folded books rather than sewn. We will explore how language and art connect, and integrate simple writing exercises into the books. Students will have the choice to make various books such as a circular book, multiple directional accordion book, spiral book, star book, book with pockets, eco-books amongst others – each with multiple adaptations. During the class, students will make at least one book a day, using a different medium/technique taught each day. Students will choose their own themes and one common theme at the end of the week.   Art techniques include non-toxic magazine transfers, basic “sloppy” contour drawing, printmaking, various watercolor and tempera paint methods and using personal or magazine photos and text, etc. Covers will be made of fabric, magazine pictures or special papers. We will have a formal display and critique of the work on the final day including a capstone project along with an artist statement.

Prior experience with bookmaking, nor art is not needed. No required text books, though the instructor will provide visuals, articles, reference books and a list of references. Feel free to bring any photos, special papers or any other you would like to use. Join us for a week filled of inspiration, fun, sharing, exploring and creating.