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Book Arts: Methods & Materials

ARTDES 231.001, Fall 2024


Credit Hours: 3
Semester: Fall 2024

Prerequisites: No Prerequisites.

Description: In this course, students explore their ideas through traditional and alternative bookmaking methods and discover how content can inform the structure of a book. Projects introduce basic materials – paper, book cloth, binder’s board, PH neutral adhesives – and techniques – folding, gluing, and sewing – of bookbinding. Students also explore the significance of the book as a means of distribution and display. Students gain an understanding of basic bookbinding techniques and the tools and materials necessary to create handmade books. Traditional book arts techniques and the many ways in which contemporary artists have expanded upon them will be explored. Craftsmanship is important and so are ideas. The goal is to integrate both of these elements into a finished whole.

Frequency: This course is typically offered in the fall term of even-numbered years, though scheduling may vary according to future term circumstances.