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Effective: Fall 2011
GID 90BOOK ARTS I4 Unit(s)

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Book Arts & Paper Family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in ART 96 or GRDS 96.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will be able to construct and bind books with various bindings styles including: stab binding, coptic binding, accordion/concertina binding and box/portfolio construction.
  • A successful student will be able to produce content for books.
  • A successful student will demonstrate basic design layout in bookmaking.
  • A successful student will evaluate craftspersonship in the book arts.
  • A successful student will demonstrate safe use of book art tools.
  • A successful student will identify book types and styles from different cultures.
  • A successful student will understand the history of the book arts and the contributions by individuals of diverse populations.
Description -
Introduction to the skills and techniques of the book arts. Students will learn construction and mounting skills for books, boxes and portfolios. Traditional and non-traditional binding formats include stab, accordion, concertina and signature sewing. Emphasis on form building while exploring content and narrative.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. construct and bind books with various styles using stab binding, coptic binding, accordion/concertina binding and box/portfolio construction.
  2. produce content for books.
  3. demonstrate basic design layout in bookmaking.
  4. discuss and analyze content and form in book arts.
  5. evaluate craftspersonship in the book arts.
  6. demonstrate safe use of book art tools.
  7. understand the importance of developing relevant and original book content apart from style, decorative qualities and technical expertise.
  8. critically evaluate, define and discuss his or her own projects and the projects of student peers.
  9. understand the history of the book arts and the contributions by individuals of diverse populations.


Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Table space for each student, sink, storage area, light table, iron and ironing board, spiral binding machine, paper cutter, mat board cutter.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
    1. On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
    2. Email address.
    3. Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Books As Art
    1. Introduction
      1. history of books and book publishing (Lec)
      2. history of book making and reproduction technologies (Lec)
      3. types of books (Lec)
      4. words and pictures (Lec)
    2. Binding Styles Binding Styles and Their Applications
      1. stab (Lec)
      2. concertina and accordion (Lec)
      3. coptic, signature and pamphlet (Lec)
      4. box and portfolio construction (Lec)
      5. altered books (Lec)
      6. editioning and curating (Lec)
    3. Media and Materials
      1. paper and substrates (Lec)
      2. traditional media for text and image (Lec)
      3. digital media for text and image (Lec)
      4. binding materials & tools (Lec)
      5. printing and duplicating materials and tools (Lec)
      6. adhesives (Lec)
    4. Design & Layout
      1. content and form (Lec)
      2. typography (Lec)
      3. images (Lec)
      4. text and image (Lec)
      5. layout (Lec)
    5. Production Art Basics
      1. folding, scoring and tearing paper (Lec)
      2. paper grain and grain behavior (Lec)
      3. preparing printing signatures (Lec)
      4. bleed printing (Lec)
      5. crop marks and registration (Lec)

  2. Production Skills
    1. Tool Usage
      1. t-square, triangle and rule (Lec)
      2. paper cutter, board cutter (Lec)
      3. awl, bone folder, sewing needles (Lec)
      4. iron and ironing board (Lec)
      5. paper drill (Lec)
      6. spiral binding machine (Lec)
  3. Studio Techniques
    1. Traditional Book Binding and Construction
      1. folding, scoring and tearing paper (Lab)
      2. stab binding (Lab)
      3. accordion fold and concertina binding (Lab)
      4. coptic, signature and pamphlet binding (Lab)
      5. box and portfolio construction (Lab)
      6. spiral binding (Lab)
      7. altered books (Lab)
      8. alternative and hybrid forms (Lab)
    2. Mounting and covering
      1. adhesives and their application
      2. preparing and covering book boards
      3. fabric backing
      4. dry mounting and wet mounting pictures
  4. Project Development
    1. research and information gathering (Lab)
    2. defining communication objectives and design objectives (Lab)
    3. prototypes and mock ups (Lab)
    4. production and reproduction (Lab)
    5. distribution (Lab)
    6. evaluation (Lab)
  5. Books as Cultural Force
    1. historical (Lec)
    2. contemporary (Lec)
    3. cultural practice and tradition (Lec)
    4. contributions by diverse populations (Lec)
  6. Idea Development
    1. Subject matter, content, form (composition), context and technique (Lec)
    2. Idea development and sketching (Lab)
    3. Research and planning (Lab)
  7. Critique and presentation
    1. presenting works of art for peer review (Lab)
    2. evaluation of content, context, form and technique (Lab)
  8. Safety & use of tools
    1. Working in a shared studio space (Lec)
    2. Proper use of of tools and equipment (Lec)
    3. Tool and equipment maintenance (Lec)
  9. Environmental practices
    1. Working in a shared studio space (Lec)
    2. Environmental concerns and personal safety (Lec)
    3. Reading and understanding product instructions (Lec)
    4. Reading and understanding Material Safety Data sheets (Lec)
    5. Reading and understanding safety signage in the studio (Lec)
    6. Proper disposal and recycling of materials (Lec)
    7. Environmental safety requirements at Foothill College (Lec)

Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of art produced. Evaluation of each project is determined by how completely it fulfills the parameters and goals of the assignment.
  2. Participation in group discussions and critiques.
  3. Reading, research & writing assignments.

Representative Text(s) -
Smith, Keith, and Fred Jordon. Bookbinding for Book Artists. New York: Keith A. Smith Books, 1998.
Drucker, Johanna. The Century of Artist's Books. New York: Granary Books, 1995.

Disciplines -
Art
Graphic and Interactive Design
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Field work, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
 
Lab Content -
Concept development sketches, planning and production sketches, prototypes and maquettes, art production, printing and book binding.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments from assigned textbook.
  2. Reading of handouts.
  3. Reading of internet research sites.
  4. Writing about art projects.
  5. Writing portfolio and artist's statement.