Beginners' book arts

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 17/02/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Clare Bryan

An opportunity to explore the three-dimensional and sculptural qualities of handmade books using layered forms, star books and other theatrical book forms. You will be able to develop your ideas and skills in the making of unique handmade books.


What is the course about?

This course is designed to explore ideas of layering, depth and structure using sculptural and theatrical book structures, collage and paper cut-throughs. You will be able to develop your ideas and skills in the making of unique hand made books.

What will we cover?

We will make folded layered books, star and tunnel books and experiment with collage and paper cut-throughs.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Select and use appropriate materials
- Understand the importance of grain direction
- Make a range of experimental book structures
- Combine collage and cut layers within the book form.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for beginners, as well as those with some experience.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for
health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use
numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through demonstration, practice and discussion you will be taught as a group and individually as required. Handouts will accompany demonstrations. You will be encouraged to investigate the current and historical literature on the subject, and will be informed of publications and events which maybe of interest. The course is structured to manage the work within the class but preparation work on individual ideas may need to be carried out outside course time.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The bindery is equipped with most tools but you will be expected to provide your own personal handtools. Nothing need be bought before starting the course. A list of equipment and suppliers will be provided at the first lesson. The class has some materials which may be bought. It is expected that you will increasingly provide your own as your experience and individual requirements and preferences develop. Information and advice on materials and larger pieces of equipment will always be available. You should expect to spend up to £25 to provide yourself with the basic handtools and materials.
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When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Book arts:
- VD290 Bookbinding: paper engineering and pop-ups
- VD292 Learn to bind artists' books
- VD262 10 Projects for beginners
- VD359 Beginners' bookbinding
- VD410 Beginning miniature binding
- VD276 Boxes for prints
- VD285 Bookbinding: cross-structure and criss-cross bindings.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VD283

Mon, day, 13 Jan - 17 Feb '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £239.00
Concession: £182.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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