VAFA165 Book Arts

Department of The Arts: Printmaking

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA165 Book Arts
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
In addition to class studio time, students work five (5) hours outside of class each week under the supervision of a lab assistant or at home. Students who choose to explore printmaking techniques involving a computer should plan to use open lab time in a computer studio.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to basic bookbinding structures, materials, and techniques. Students construct visual books that are artistic objects and vehicles for creative expression. Both traditional and contemporary methods are explored.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. examine the history of the book in different cultures for sources of artistic inspiration;
    2. analyze both contemporary and traditional book structures, artists' books, and the book as a physical object;
    3. develop technical skills in the area of bookbinding, papermaking, and printmaking.
    4. incorporate a wide variety of media into visual book format;
    5. develop their creative, expressive, and aesthetic skills through the production of handmade books; and
    6. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. history of the book in different cultures, with an emphasis on sources of artistic inspiration
    2. analysis of the book as a physical object (interplay between two and three dimensions)
    3. introduction to basic bookbinding materials and techniques, including but not limited to
      1. folding, sewing and gluing methods
      2. adhesives, boards, paper, cloth and binding tools
      3. investigation of a variety of bookbinding structures (e.g., Japanese bindings, accordion fold and concertina bindings, pamphlet bindings, non-adhesive structures, Western codex binding, and simple box constructions)
    4. creation of a series of handmade books, which incorporate a full spectrum of media, including but not limited to
      1. printmaking techniques (e.g., relief, collagraph, embossing, monoprinting, photopolymer, and screenprinting)
      2. papermaking (Eastern and Western methods)
      3. drawing and painting
      4. collage and chine colle
      5. photography
      6. computer-generated text, computer-generated and scanned images, and Xerography processes
    5. production of a limited-edition book by a group (recommended, not required)
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment is based on the successful completion of assigned projects, the presentation of projects, and critiques.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Learning materials may include, but are not limited to: technical notes and handouts, books, slides, videos, digital media, audio, lectures, demonstrations, and field trips. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 3/2010; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015