|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: |
- construct and bind books with various styles using stab binding, coptic binding, accordion/concertina binding and box/portfolio construction.
- produce content for books.
- demonstrate basic design layout in bookmaking.
- discuss and analyze content and form in book arts.
- evaluate craftspersonship in the book arts.
- demonstrate safe use of book art tools.
- understand the importance of developing relevant and original book content apart from style, decorative qualities and technical expertise.
- critically evaluate, define and discuss his or her own projects and the projects of student peers.
- understand the history of the book arts and the contributions by individuals of diverse populations.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- Table space for each student, sink, storage area, light table, iron and ironing board, spiral binding machine, paper cutter, mat board cutter.
- When taught via Foothill Global Access:
- On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
- Email address.
- Java-script enabled internet browsing software.
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Books As Art
- history of books and book publishing (Lec)
- history of book making and reproduction technologies (Lec)
- types of books (Lec)
- words and pictures (Lec)
- Binding Styles Binding Styles and Their Applications
- stab (Lec)
- concertina and accordion (Lec)
- coptic, signature and pamphlet (Lec)
- box and portfolio construction (Lec)
- altered books (Lec)
- editioning and curating (Lec)
- Media and Materials
- paper and substrates (Lec)
- traditional media for text and image (Lec)
- digital media for text and image (Lec)
- binding materials & tools (Lec)
- printing and duplicating materials and tools (Lec)
- adhesives (Lec)
- Design & Layout
- content and form (Lec)
- typography (Lec)
- images (Lec)
- text and image (Lec)
- layout (Lec)
- Production Art Basics
- folding, scoring and tearing paper (Lec)
- paper grain and grain behavior (Lec)
- preparing printing signatures (Lec)
- bleed printing (Lec)
- crop marks and registration (Lec)
- Production Skills
- Tool Usage
- t-square, triangle and rule (Lec)
- paper cutter, board cutter (Lec)
- awl, bone folder, sewing needles (Lec)
- iron and ironing board (Lec)
- paper drill (Lec)
- spiral binding machine (Lec)
- Studio Techniques
- Traditional Book Binding and Construction
- folding, scoring and tearing paper (Lab)
- stab binding (Lab)
- accordion fold and concertina binding (Lab)
- coptic, signature and pamphlet binding (Lab)
- box and portfolio construction (Lab)
- spiral binding (Lab)
- altered books (Lab)
- alternative and hybrid forms (Lab)
- Mounting and covering
- adhesives and their application
- preparing and covering book boards
- fabric backing
- dry mounting and wet mounting pictures
- Project Development
- research and information gathering (Lab)
- defining communication objectives and design objectives (Lab)
- prototypes and mock ups (Lab)
- production and reproduction (Lab)
- distribution (Lab)
- evaluation (Lab)
- Books as Cultural Force
- historical (Lec)
- contemporary (Lec)
- cultural practice and tradition (Lec)
- contributions by diverse populations (Lec)
- Idea Development
- Subject matter, content, form (composition), context and technique (Lec)
- Idea development and sketching (Lab)
- Research and planning (Lab)
- Critique and presentation
- presenting works of art for peer review (Lab)
- evaluation of content, context, form and technique (Lab)
- Safety & use of tools
- Working in a shared studio space (Lec)
- Proper use of of tools and equipment (Lec)
- Tool and equipment maintenance (Lec)
- Environmental practices
- Working in a shared studio space (Lec)
- Environmental concerns and personal safety (Lec)
- Reading and understanding product instructions (Lec)
- Reading and understanding Material Safety Data sheets (Lec)
- Reading and understanding safety signage in the studio (Lec)
- Proper disposal and recycling of materials (Lec)
- Environmental safety requirements at Foothill College (Lec)
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Evaluation of art produced. Evaluation of each project is determined by how completely it fulfills the parameters and goals of the assignment.
- Participation in group discussions and critiques.
- 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 - |
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 - |
- Reading assignments from assigned textbook.
- Reading of handouts.
- Reading of internet research sites.
- Writing about art projects.
- Writing portfolio and artist's statement.