Upcoming Book Arts Classes with Roz: Fall 2010

July 24, 2010

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).

ByDesignPageLayoutWeb The Intentional Page

Saturday, September 18, 9am-4:30pm
$105 ($95 members) + $15 supply fee
All levels welcome

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.

  1. Reply

    It’s too bad I live so far away from you, otherwise I’d definitely be signing up for your classes.

    • Linda
    • July 27, 2010

    Roz, So Happyto be reading your post here. I was going to write you asking questions on this. Firsthow are you doing? I read your post on your drawing and your injury and wanted to know how do you acheive all these things about drawing while your teaching yourself like you being as one with the animal or object and the lines come easy? Please will you have this on line class or video Im avisual person and It would be so wonderful to learn from you these class you have coming up how I would love to come but live in Pittsburgh and well I just cant sorry to write.
    Theres so much I want to learn in this part of my life and I get frustrated wanting to learn but do not have the means or pepole to show me.
    I know this would be a large thing to be doing but for those of us who do not have a Roz near by it would be a blessing.
    Have a great day,

  2. Reply

    Linda, Everyday is a little different, until one isn’t, and then it’s a plateau, and then the next is different. And that’s all normal, I’m told. Not what I’d like to be focusing my time on, but there’s no way around it. Might as well learn from it.

    Online or DVD classes will be delayed somewhat because of this latest turn in my life. They are still on the plan, but have been pushed way back, because everything else has been pushed way back.

    I understand that travel to classes isn’t possible for many people, but I really want to encourage people to first look around in their own area. Pittsburgh large city and there are sure to be a lot of affordable classes and opportunities to learn the types of things you want to learn at this point in your life without leaving home, or spending lots of money.

    I’m assuming that you want to draw more or better or at least some, and keep a visual journal, as you are reading this blog. I would suggest that you check the community education listings in your city. You’ll find talented people teaching a variety of things all within your budget. Some classes will be better than others. You’ll find teachers who don’t communicate well and others who do, at any venue you investigate. But you will, if you look, find teachers who will help you learn what you want. And you’ll find books. (If it’s book making check my list of titles in the PAGES list.) But there are also books on painting, color theory, drawing, etc. that are available at the bookstore or library (which is a great way to save money). Working through such books, like a Stephen Quiller book on Color Theory would be like going through a class with a live teacher. There are several artists who have written books that are workshops if you only approach them that way. You could set aside an hour every evening and treat it like homework. After 30 days of such work you’ll see marked improvement—it’s true of anything that you devote a little bit of regular time to. I know a lot of people who have worked through Betty Edwards’ “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” and totally changed the way they see and draw!

    You need to take that desire to learn, and the frustration at not having a teacher and become your own teacher—It really is the best solution most of the time anyway, because you alone know what you really need and can tailor the work and curriculum to those needs.

    I wish you great success with that.

    • Linda
    • July 28, 2010

    Roz, thank you so for this. I’mworking hard on my art journey. The frustration for me is the learning myself and not giving myself enough pats on my back for doing so. At 63 I feel that I have started to late but really should look at this as that I have started and not worry so. People like yourself who writes to others and the encouragement you give is a wonderful thing to have. Im crying now from these words you have written not from sadness but the looking down this art path and the excitment I have in doing so.Thank you so Roz this means so much to me,
    Have a wonderful day,

  3. Reply

    Linda, thank you for the kind note. I’m glad to offer you encouragement. I agree that you need to look at it as “I have started” not at what age you started.

    We only have the present moment in which to act. Focus on that and seize some of it for your art time. The great thing about doing “independent study” is that you can pick up your projects at any time, you don’t have to wait for a class. The more time you put in the better you’ll feel about your art journey.

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