Artist's books are extremely varied and broadly defined but typically incorporate a three-dimensional book-like form to present visual information sequentially. In this course, students will use drawing, painting, collage, and printing to create content that will then form the basis for innovative artist's books. We will start with folded sections and zines before moving on to bookbinding techniques based on the individual concepts of each student. More advanced techniques for final projects will be taught by a visiting professional bookmaker. No prior art experience is required, and all essential supplies will be provided.
Artist's books addressing social justice themes will be a particular focus of this course. Important examples by artists of color such as Kara Walker, Enrique Chagoya, and Adam Pendleton will be studied along with works in Davidson College's permanent collection by artists including Bethany Collins and Kikuji Kawada. The Mellon-funded initiative: "Stories Yet to be Told: Race, Racism and Accountability" will be used as a point of departure for final projects. Artist's books made by students in the class will be exhibited in the E. H. Little Library. This course has a hybrid design emphasizing flexibility. Aspects of the course that are online will include virtual forums for feedback on projects and synchronous lectures with discussions. Students on campus will have access to the print shop in the Visual Arts Center and in-person workshops when safety allows.
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Time 1135 - 1250pm