Classes for 2013 Are Being Set Up…

November 26, 2012

Above: Sewn-on-the-spine journal examples. This January's journal practice will make the 7.5  x 9.5 inch journal shown in the center (the sample has purple bookcloth). Students will paint their own decorative paper with color inks. Read below for more details.

2013 is almost here, it's not too early to start thinking about learning new book arts skills. My teaching schedule for the beginning of the year is set. I hope that you will consider joining me for the following class offerings at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. This year's session of Journal Practice™ will focus on sketching in ink with a variety of exciting pen types. The multi-session nature of the class will allow you plenty of time for experimentation at home on a variety of exercises and continue to get feedback from the instructor. Regardless of your sketching skill level you will learn about inks and pens and papers in such a way that your practice can continue to change and grow. I will also be offering my 6-session color theory class which will help you understand how to approach color regardless of the medium in which you work. 

Journal Practice™: Sketching and Working with Ink

Saturday & Sunday, January 12-13, 2013; 10am-5pm
Plus three Mondays:  March 25, June 24, September 23, 7-9pm

$320 ($290 members) + $30 supply fee; EARLY BIRD: $260, expires 12/15
Certificate: 20 hours, Category D

All skill levels welcome (in binding and sketching).

Course Description: Make a hardbound sewn-on-the-spine journal covered with Japanese book cloth and painted paper you'll create in class using color inks. This 7.5 x 9.5 inch journal will become your workbook in which to explore different methods of working with ink. Begin your ink experimentation using a dip pen. The instructor will provide drawing exercises and tips that will enhance your sketching technique. Additional sessions explore working with brush pens and various types of felt-tipped art pens. Different papers will be sampled for work with ink. Journaling and observation techniques will be discussed in each of the sessions. (Dip pen is included in the supply fee; a list of recommended pens for future classes will be supplied at the first class—students may elect to work with pens they already own within each category of pen.)


Intro to Design: Color Theory for Book Artists

Six Mondays:  January 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11; 7-9pm
$195 ($175 members) + no supply fee*; EARLY BIRD: $155 expires 1/2

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A (fulfills design requirement)

All skill levels welcome

Course Description: In this class you will develop an understanding of color theory that will inform and enrich your book arts decisions. You'll feel more confident in your color choices, whether you are selecting papers, fabrics and foils for a structure, printing a fine edition, creating a series of prints, or painting an illustration or artist book.

The class will begin with an exploration of the mixing of colors using watercolor paints. (No painting experience is necessary—we are concerning ourselves with understanding pigments and color relationships.) There will be exercises for you to complete at home to fully understand the concepts.

Over the course of the lessons there will be lecture and discussion geared towards helping you work with the principles presented in a concrete way on a specific project. Each student will be encouraged to work through on a book arts project of his or her choice with direction from me and feedback from classmates.

Supply notes: All students will need to purchase a few sheets of 22 x 30 inch watercolor paper (which we will tear down), a size 8 watercolor brush, and either a 3-color or an 8-color set of watercolors for the initial lessons' homework exercises. (The 8-color set is recommended for students interested in illustration and printmaking.) A recommended paint list will be sent to registered students. Students are responsible for purchasing materials for their independent project.

If you don't have a current book arts project I will provide economical suggestions for students interested in working with the concepts, but who don't have a specific project in mind.

Come along and find out more about color and how to work with it in all your book arts projects—structures, illustrations, design, and printmaking. You'll learn how to work through the planning process of your book arts projects with confident color choices working for you.

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