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2021 Workshops 

All online via Zoom. More workshops will be posted as scheduled.


Workshops through Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University:


• Historic Valentines on Thursday January 21, 4-6 pm

In the mid-19th century, cobweb or bee-hive valentines were sometimes delivered on Valentine’s Day. They had a picture, often flowers or a picturesque scene, with a string in the center. When the string was pulled the top picture revealed a second picture underneath, visible through cuts in the top layer with the stretched paper having the appearance of a cobweb. The woven heart in hand was another “token of love” exchanged in past times. We’ll construct a model of both of these historic valentines. Participants can make more personalized valentines to send for Valentine’s Day or incorporate these techniques in their artwork after class. To register go to:

http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/workshops/historic_valentines.php


One Sheet Books on Thursday February 11, 6-8 pm

We’ll make a selection of simple folded “books” in this workshop. These structures are great for zines, comics, cards, and other self-publishing ventures, as well as artist books. We’ll discuss paper, layout, and duplication methods. These books can be used with simple, inexpensive means of duplication, as well as with more complex artmaking mediums and methods. Our focus will be on making models that participants can use as reference for their own work after the workshop. To register go to:

http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/workshops/one_sheet_books.php



• Microfiction Mini Books on Thursday March 11, 6-8 pm

A very short story will be the content of a mini artist book. Participants will write a story in six words and create illustrations. Then bind it into a very simple but versatile book structure. The writing is meant to be a fun exercise, but participants are welcome to use existing stories should they choose. This structure could be used for any kind of content: text or image or both and can be scaled up in size. To learn more about this writing form, search the internet for “six word stories” or “six word memoirs”. A famous example, allegedly by Ernest Hemingway: “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” To register go to:

http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/workshops/microfiction_mini_books.php


Workshops through Maine Media

mainemedia.edu


Design in the Details: Page Adaptations and Variations

Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24, 2021, 10am-1pm and 2-5:30pm each day

Learn a collection of inventive page possibilities suitable for use in a variety of binding structures. We’ll cover a range of techniques, with many based on historic structures, including how to incorporate photos or prints, oversized pages, loose material, as well as pockets, foldouts, envelopes, mounting options, and other display possibilities. We’ll also discuss the relationship between the reader-viewer and the design of the physical book as we work through these variations. Each participant will make a simple but useful book model to hold their page examples for future reference. To register go to https://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/item/2-day-design-in-the-details-page-adaptations-variations-online/



Workshops through AVA Gallery & Art Center, Lebanon, NH:

avagallery.org


• Artist Book 101 on 4 Mondays, February 1, 8, 15 from 10am-12 noon and February 22 from 10-11am

In this 4-session workshop, participants will have an opportunity to develop a simple book project from concept to finished mock-up (or finished book if desired). In session one, we’ll learn 3 simple book structures, discuss content ideas, methods of getting text on a page, and materials, among other things. At the end of this first session, you’ll get an assignment to work on for the rest of the workshop (with lots of room for personal creativity). In session two, we’ll discuss our books in progress, answer questions, and problem solve with demos as needed. In session three, presentations of final mock-ups and plans for next steps to complete the books. The last optional session will be a show and tell to share the books made. This workshop is intended to be an opportunity for those interested in artist books to learn some book forms, shape their ideas, and apply their own art mediums within a structured format and supportive community. To register go to: avagallery.org/education/


• From Flat Sheet to Folio on Monday February 15, 2021, 6-8pm

Referencing historic book layout, we will make a flat sheet of paper into a folio that can stand alone as a card or be bound with more folios to create a book. This method allows for imaging only one side of the paper and the ability to have an image to cross the center fold without interruption. This is a useful technique for printmakers or anyone who makes flat work on paper and wants to explore a simple but effective way to image pages for a book. Using dry media art supplies, participants will make images, place some text, fold folios and bind them into a simple cover. To register go to: avagallery.org/education/


• Microfiction Mini Book on Monday March 15, 2021, 6-8pm

A very short story will be the content of a mini artist book. Participants will write a story in six words and create illustrations. Then bind it into a very simple but versatile book structure. The writing is meant to be a fun exercise, but participants are welcome to use existing stories should they choose. This structure could be used for any kind of content: text or image or both and can be scaled up in size. To register go to: avagallery.org/education/


Workshops through Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OH:

https://www.morganconservatory.org


• One-sheet Books on Thursday March 4, 2021, 6-8 pm

Participants will make a selection of simple folded “books” in this workshop. These structures are great for zines, comics, cards, and other self-publishing ventures, as well as for artist books. Paper choices, layout, and duplication methods will all be covered. These books can be used with simple, inexpensive means of duplication, as well as with more complex artmaking mediums and methods. Our focus will be on making a set of models that participants can use as reference for their own work after the workshop.

To register go to: https://www.morganconservatory.org/one-sheet-books


Tunnel Books on Thursday March 18, 2021, 6-8 pm

These structures are like small theatres, similar to the shoebox dioramas children make in school. We will use our own illustrations or images cut from magazines or other source material in making our models. If you come with an idea or simple sketch for a small 3-dimensional world you want to create, you’ll be well prepared to make the most from this workshop. Our tunnel books will be 4” high x 6” wide, about the size of a postcard. We will discuss variations of the form and ways to incorporate the theatre into a folder or case. The model we make will be a solid basis for a creating a final finished book or as reference for future work.

To register go to: https://www.morganconservatory.org/tunnel-books