• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Mixed Media & Collage

This course examines the forms and function of books, zines, editions, multiples and printed matter across various disciplines in contemporary art and the relationship between an artist book and the artistic process. The course provides an overview of the development of the book as an idea and as an object from the 1960s onwards. In this class, students will learn how to make, print and bind various types of softcover books: zines, accordion fold, pamphlet stitch, perfect binding and unique folded structures.  This class will examine a structured digital workflow in InDesign to edit, sequence and export books. We will also address the ephemeral nature of other printed matter including pins, totebags, prints, posters and objects that encompass ‘artist multiples.’ No previous bookmaking experience is required.

12 Weeks:  Base Tuition: $495 + Materials Fee: $40 = Total $535

* This course is not currently open for registration

What you will learn

  • To develop basic technical skills in bookmaking including design of structures/bindings and layout
  • To create a digital workflow using InDesign (importing images, laying out text, exporting final pdfs)
  • The history and provenance of artist books in contemporary art
  • How to complete an artist book from concept development to editing, sequencing, layout, design, and making a physical photobook (aka dummy).
  • To understand connection between form and content with the physical nature of books

Materials to Bring

Please keep your receipts to all purchases incase you need to return any materials.

  • PVA acid-free glue or Elmer Glue Stick
  • Small/medium bulldog clips (or heavier duty Trigger Clamps or C-clamps)
  • Small paintbrush or sponge brush
  • Scissors
  • Metal ruler with cork backing (at least 18 inches)
  • Exacto knife (scalpel) with extra blades
  • Bone Folder (small)
  • Large cutting matte
  • Acid free white artist tape (Proartist, get ½ inch if possible)
  • Embroidery floss or waxed linen thread
  • Bookbinding needles
  • Light or medium duty awl
  • Pencil