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2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog
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ART 249 - Artists’ Books

3 Credits, 5 Contact Hours
2 lecture periods 3 lab periods

Introduction to the basics of the various styles of bookmaking. Includes historical and contemporary practices, bookbinding techniques, book styles, materials, text and image, unique and multiple edition book runs, and critique of artists’ books

Recommendation: Completion of ART 100  before enrolling in this course. If any recommended course is taken, see a financial aid or Veteran’s Affairs advisor to determine funding eligibility as appropriate.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify historical progress of bookmaking.   
  2. Identify and create various binding processes.   
  3. Identify and create various book styles.
  4. Demonstrate the application of interdependence of text and image. 
  5. Demonstrate printing skills for images and text.
  6. Produce both unique and multiple edition books runs based on a creative, thematic approach.
  7. Participate in field trips, discussions and critiques.
  8. Engage in studio practices in both collaborative and individual creative bookmaking endeavors, with and without letterpress.

  1. Historical and Contemporary Practices
    1. Introduction to terminology
    2. Introduction to historical books and contemporary artist’s books
    3. Exploration of the book as a medium for artistic expression
    4. Contemporary artists of note
  2. Bookbinding Techniques
    1. Single and dual signature pamphlets
    2. Accordion
    3. Slipcovers
    4. Four-needle sewing method
    5. Coptic stitch and linked-stitch techniques
    6. Oriental side-stitching
  3. Book Styles
    1. Traditional book
    2. Altered book
    3. Sculptural book
    4. Adhesive and non-adhesive binding styles
  4. Materials
    1. Traditional
    2. Nontraditional
  5. Text and Image
    1. Separation of text and image
    2. Combining text and image/text as image
    3. Artistic expression
  6. Unique and Multiple Edition Book Runs
    1. Creative one-of-a-kind books
    2. Multiple run books in small editions
  7. Critique
    1. Research/critique artists books and artists book criticism
    2. Bibliography

Effective Term:
Fall 2011

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