PR 232-01: BOOKWORKS 1: Structures and Ideas

PR 332-01: BOOKWORKS 2: Structures and Ideas


Anthea Black, Assistant Professor, Printmaking and Graduate Studio Practice

FALL 2017

Oakland Campus, Founders 103


Email: ablack@cca.edu

Email is checked Monday 9 am – Friday at 5 PM; all emails received during this time will be returned within 24 hours.


Office Hours: after class on Tuesday and Thursday until 4:30 pm, or by appointment Wednesday Noon to 3 pm.


Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 pm to 3 pm


Studio Manager: Jonathan Barcan, jbarcan@cca.edu, Office in Martinez Printshop


Course Description: The book form can integrate a wide range of media and materials, bringing together image and text, structure and sequence in one moveable, touchable object. Through a series of projects incorporating each artist's interests and chosen media we will work inventively with a variety of traditional and experimental book forms. We will refine our skills as we investigate topics such as: the uses of words and images, conceptual layering, the importance of memory, the connections between form and content, and the influence of time and change.


Bookworks 1: From single printed, folded sheets to hardcover casebound books and presentation boxes, this section covers handskills, techniques, and content development through a series of assignments and individual projects, resulting in a comprehensive body of bookwork. Introduction to letterpress printing from handset type, multiples and editioning, writing, and a look at historical and contemporary book art are also included. Open to beginning and advanced students from any discipline.


Bookworks 2: Students complete two to three in-depth, individual projects and will receive advanced instruction tailored to individual needs. Open to students from any discipline who have taken Bookworks 1. May be repeated for additional credit.


WEEK 1 – Tuesday September 5

Welcome! Introductions, discussion of course outline.

Studio policies, Health & Safety with Jonathan Barcan


DEMO 1 – PAPER, THE FOLD, and SIMPLE BINDINGS

Book anatomy, bindings/examples of student work from previous classes, pamphlet, double pamphlet and accordion binding! Supplies list required for the class will be explained.


WEEK 1 – Thursday September 7

DEMO 2 – COURSE NOTEBOOK and IMPOSITIONS

Bring in all supplies required for the class. Course notebook format is explained. Page impositions, printing, and developing content for your books.


WEEK 2 – Tuesday September 12

DEMO 3 – FOLDED COVERS

Bookworks 2 - Presentations

CCA Library Special Collections Field Trip - books from the collection will be examined and discussed. Kara Walker book on exhibition, Book Art Award, etc.


WEEK 3 – Tuesday September 19

DEMO 4 – ACCORDIONS, SOFT and HARDCOVERS

Bookworks 2 - Part #1 - Proposal and Bibliography due (last day to submit)


WEEK 4 – Tuesday September 26

Project Series #1 due / CRITIQUE for What Can A Book Be?

DEMO 5 – JAPANESE STAB BINDINGS and CONCERTINAS

On Printing Poetry Out Loud and The Library At Night assigned


WEEK 5 – Tuesday October 3

DEMO 6 - TYPESETTING and LETTERPRESS introduction

Project Series #1 DUE / first series of examples to hand in for feedback

☐ 2. Pamphlet or 2-section Pamphlet Stitch

☐ 3. Non-Adhesive or Hardcover Accordion or other Folded book

Bring your poem for typesetting

The Library At Night Project intro Slide presentation and discussion


WEEK 6  – Tuesday October 10 *Mid-term Progress Reports begin

DEMO 7 - LETTERPRESS continues

Project Series #1 DUE / first series of examples to hand in for feedback

☐ 4. Japanese Stab binding (Yotsume Toji, Kikko Toji, Koki Toji, Asa-no-ha Toji or other variations) with Softcover, Hardcover or Concertina Cover

Library at Night and Printing Poetry Out Loud - Studio Work Period

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