Details on classes I’m holding this fall (2010).
Above: In this year's journal practice class we'll be making an 8 x 10 inch journal like the one shown at the back right. The focus will be on collage and sketching. Read the blurb below for more details on the class.
The details have all been worked out and I can now share my class offerings at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, fall 2010. If you would like to register for either of these classes you can call MCBA at 612-215-2520. After August 1 these listings will be posted on their class roster and you can go to their website's listing of their classes and scroll to the appropriate class and click to register on line.
I have included the "official blurb" from MCBA's catalog (which will also be posted on their website) and then have followed up with a couple of additional notes in italics, about each class, because here I don't have the same worries about printing space and length! And I just want to share some of my excitement about these classes with you.
I look forward to working with you this fall (and for the journaling students—for almost a year).
Learn the graphic design tools that will remove the struggle from planning your next project. Students will learn the terminology, rules, and basics of page layout, as well as how to develop an idea through thumbnail sketches. This class will include the creation of an elegant, non-adhesive handmade workbook and reference book for the day’s activities and the terms and ideas presented.
15 students maximum.
What better way to learn about layout and design—get you to put your own workbook together right? At least I think so—it gives me an opportunity to teach you a delightful multi-signature book structure that I'm sure you'll be making again and again: the four needle or butterfly stitch book, with wrap cover. Don't worry, though, the hard bit of imposition has all been done. You'll be collating and folding pre-printed pages. We'll discuss imposition and how you can use it to layout artists books you're printing. This is especially useful for people who like to make photocopier books, or small numbered editions using their home computer printer. We will also discuss all sorts of layout approaches that will benefit you whether you are just trying to achieve a different look to your visual journal page spreads, or you are planning your next artist's book or zine. This class will also be useful to the student who wants to know more about how printed books are organized.
This class has been offered before under the name "By Design" but then the name was changed because the Teen program "By Design" started up. If you took my "By Design" class, know that this is the same class.
Journal Practice: Collage and Sketching
Saturday, September 25, 10am-4pm; Saturday, October 9, 1-6pm; Monday nights, December 13, March 13, June 13, 7-9pm
$215 ($195 members). + $20 supply fee
All levels welcome
(See the image that opens this post)
Do you have a shelf filled with blank books? Create a habit of visual journaling today! Bind a customized 8" x 10" Rope-stitch journal, designed for collage and mixed media work, using art papers from Legion Papers. You'll be given ideas and techniques to transfer your ideas onto the page, as well as exercises to enhance drawing and observation skills. Three follow-up sessions, in December, March, and June, will provide opportunities to further reinforce your dedication to keeping a journal. The instructor will be on hand for an optional, use-your-own supplies, second binding session (October 9), which gives you a chance to use MCBA's cutting and binding tools to create additional books of the same type to reinforce your binding skills and keep your journal practice going.
12 students maximum.
The purpose of my Journal Practice series of classes is to get people to develop an enduring visual journaling habit. We work together over a 10-month or so period, which allows for reinforcement of the habit. Each series has a specific book structure and focus on approach. For this session we will be making the 8 x 10 inch rope-stitch journal described in the above blurb with great art papers from Legion Papers. The elegant stitch looks complicated but you will find it easy to execute even if you are a first time bookbinder!
Another fun aspect of this class is that we will be working with collage and sketching, both as you build the book and as you work through the book. Students will have an opportunity to immediately personalize their journals with items that they bring from home (such as color prints of other journal pages or artwork and personal ephemera, etc.) or with collage materials provided which they can tailor to their inclinations. (Registered students will be sent a pre-class note with suggestions of items they might consider bringing—items which they already have on hand; and items they might wish to prepare before class—again from items on hand.) Students will further personalize their journals by making page use decisions for foldout pages. (There will be lots of examples in class to help you consider which direction you want to go.)
Armed with a personalized journal your journal practice will then be supported throughout the duration of the class with assignments, an online-discussion list for class members only (which will include additional ideas and assignments from me as we move along), and three Monday evening class sessions to hone your journal practice. It's the best way to dig in and develop a journaling habit that sticks.
And because I know once you are journaling that you'll want to keep filling books, and because I want to make sure you are making more of these books so that you can fill them, I have scheduled an optional studio day on October 9 from 1 to 6 p.m. when you can show up with your own book binding supplies (or purchase board, fabric, paper and thread at the MCBA shop at great prices!) and make another rope stitch book, while I am on hand to ask questions. (There will be no studio rental for this time!)
This means that you can make exactly the same structure, or you can play with size and make a new rope stitch book that is landscape, square, or fits that special backpack. I will help you work out all the sizing considerations. You will be able to reinforce the process for making this book by making additional books while the process is still fresh in your mind. This will increase the likelihood that you'll continue to make more books, and so have books to journal in. (See my cunning plan!) You can use the studio time to cut boards and fabric for a series of books, or simply work on one more journal. You can come for the entire session or just a portion. To keep class costs down I'm donating my time for this session. It is important to me that you have every encouragement to make additional books. I hope students will take this opportunity and run with it.
Remember the blurb says we're going to be sketching? Let's say you aren't someone who draws. Well, if you have read this far something inside you is interested in trying a visual journal. By working with collage you'll find ways to get over the "blank page" freeze; but this class is also about people pushing their sketching skills from whatever level they are currently—whether you are just starting to draw or have been sketching for decades. We'll be discussing a variety of art materials you can purchase for use outside of class, but my focus is always on picking a few simple tools and getting the most out of them. This is also the best way to focus on what matters—improving those drawing skills. If you feel worried or intimidated don't. Join the class and start building those skills today, rather than just continuing to wish you could draw.
Finally if you are a writer, know that many writers have taken my visual journaling classes. Some do it to learn how to make interesting book structures, others do it to learn to incorporate visual aspects in their journaling. You will find you are very welcome in this class—I believe the journal should be an extension of the person and serve his creative process.
Online Classes or Classes on DVD
The above two classes are the only classes that I'll be offering in fall 2010. People have asked, but currently I do not offer online classes or instructional DVDs. I hope to be able to do both at some point and I do appreciate the interest in that option. For now I can only urge you to plan for a trip to the Twin Cities when I offer the more condensed (one day or one-weekend) classes. Minneapolis is a beautiful city; come for a class and see some of the great sights! I look forward to working with you.