Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
GID 90BOOK ARTS IFall 2011
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 07/2005;12/11/09;3/3/11

Cross Listed as:ART 96
Related ID:

1. 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.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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)

5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Disciplines -
Graphic and Interactive Design
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Field work, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
10. Lab Content -
Concept development sketches, planning and production sketches, prototypes and maquettes, art production, printing and book binding.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. 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.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degree and Certificate of Achievement in Art Survey and a restricted support course for the AA and Certificate of Achievement in Graphic & Interactive Design.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-06-12 11:29:02

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines