Summer 2005
Fully Enrolled

ARTS 622
Mixed Media and the Unique Artists' Book

Nowak,Rhea M.

06/27/2005 - 08/10/2005
Monday & Wednesday 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Art Studio North 101

Working with mixed media and predominantly, though not exclusively, on paper, we will create unique artist's books in which a series of visual and tactile expressions unfold. The book format offers the visual artist a time-based sense of performance. It offers the opportunity to create complex works that are experienced through the intimacy of touch as well as sight. We will begin with some basic book forms such as the accordion book, the stab stitch book, and the simple codex, and then combine and expand these forms using some of the possibilities that open up when various wet and dry drawing media and collage materials are layered and juxtaposed.

With the intention of creating unique books wherein structural and formal aspects support and expand content, we will work through a series of projects and questions with specific parameters. And we will seriously play with our materials. Projects will overlap, be ongoing, and include a collaborative book, a window or shaped book, a difficult book, and others. Both in-progress group discussions and finished project critiques will be used to share technical, formal, and contextual insights. Predominantly a studio class, the course requires us to do some reading and also to visit a collection of artist's books to see how other artists have worked with the book format.

Recommended reading includes Keith A. Smith, Structure of the Visual Book; Joan Lyons, ed., Artist's Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook; Shereen LaPlantz, Cover to Cover; Joanna Drucker, The Century of Artist's Books; and Sue Doggett, Bookworks.

Evaluation will be based on a daily book, a collaborative book, and a final project as well as approximately four other projects.

Students are expected to be self-directed in content initiation. Some experience with drawing media is helpful.

Enrollment is limited to 14.

Additional course fee: $15.

For the first class, please bring 10 or so sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" standard blank paper, two sheets of heavier paper (80 lb. or 90 lb. up to 140 lb.), some embroidery floss, a needle with an eye large enough for the embroidery floss to go through, a metal ruler, a pencil, and a utility knife.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus


Rhea Nowak (B.A. Bennington College; Master Printer Certificate Il Bisonte, International School of Printmaking, Florence, Italy; M.F.A. University of Connecticut) is an artist whose work has been exhibited in nearly 40 solo and small group shows, most recently at Studio 88 (New York).


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Studio

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 14

Texts to purchase for this course:
NO TEXT REQUIRED

OPTIONAL TEXTS:

Shereen LaPlantz, COVER TO COVER: CREATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR MAKING BEAUTIFUL BOOKS, JOURNALS AND ALBUMS (Sterling Publishing), Paperback

Joan Lyons, ARTISTS' BOOKS: A CRITICAL ANTHOLOGY AND SOURCE BOOK (Visual Studies Workshop Press), Paperback

Keith Smith, STRUCTURE OF THE VISUAL BOOK (Keith A. Smith Books), Paperback

READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323

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