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Effective: Summer 2014

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Book Arts & Paper family of activity courses.
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 participate in the functions of a book arts organization.
  • A successful student will be able to help plan, organize and participate in public book arts educational events.
Description -
Introduction to the professional practices of the book artist and book arts organizations. Application of strategies to create, critique, exhibit and distribute artist's books. Participation in community based learning through the organization and implementation of book art events and activities.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. design and produce original books.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the design process: information gathering, idea generation, concept development and distribution.
  3. present work and critique the work of other book artists.
  4. provide demonstrations of graphic arts techniques.
  5. prepare and submit work for gallery exhibitions.
  6. participate in the functions of a book arts organization.
  7. help plan, organize and participate in public book arts educational events.
  8. demonstrate an understanding of organizational fundraising and grant writing for artists and arts organizations.
  9. recognize and appreciate the artistic contributions made by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. lecture room equipped with instructional computer and projection system and lighting suitable for displaying projected presentations. 24" x 36" table space for each student. Sink for washing brushes.
  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. Book Arts & Publishing Projects
    1. Book arts & publishing projects (Lec)
    2. Conceptualizing art that takes book form (Lab)
    3. Producing artist??s books (Lab)
    4. Distributing artist??s books (Lab)
    5. Collaborative projects (Lab)
  2. Design Process
    1. The design process (Lec)
    2. Information gathering (Lab)
    3. Idea generation (Lab)
    4. Conceptual development (Lab)
    5. Production techniques (Lab)
    6. Distribution (Lab)
  3. Evaluating Artists Books
    1. Describing, interpreting & judging art (Lec)
    2. Book subject matter, content, context, form and technique (Lec)
  4. Graphic Arts Techniques & Demonstrations
    1. Technique & demonstration approaches (Lec)
    2. Technique research & development (Lab)
    3. Demonstrating techniques to an audience (Lab)
    4. Preparing handouts for technique demonstrations (Lab)
  5. Exhibiting Books
    1. Book art exhibitions (Lec)
    2. Entering competitive exhibitions (Lab)
    3. Proposing gallery exhibitions (Lab)
    4. Exhibition preparation and management (Lab)
    5. Marketing an exhibition (Lab)
  6. Public Events
    1. Planning Events (Lec)
    2. Defining goals for events (Lec)
    3. Preparing proposals for events (Lab)
    4. Managing an event (Lab)
    5. Marketing an event (Lab)
    6. Documenting an event (Lab)
  7. Fundraising & Grant Writing
    1. Fundraising strategies (Lec)
    2. Writing grants (Lec)
    3. Seeking donations (Lec)
  8. Critique and presentation
    1. Critique and presentation strategies (Lec)
    2. Ppresenting works of art for peer review (Lab)
    3. Evaluation of subject matter, content, context, form and technique (Lab)
  9. History of the Book Arts (Lab)
    1. History of the Book Arts (Lab)
    2. Contributions made by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. (Lec)

Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Book art projects
  2. Participation in exhibitions
  3. Participation in critiques
  4. Participation in demonstrations
  5. Participation in community based events
  6. Participation in the functioning of an arts organization
Representative Text(s) -
Instructor generated handouts and material.

Disciplines -
Graphic & Interactive Design
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
Lab Content -
Concept development sketches, planning and production sketches, research, writing, preparation of text and visuals for books, printing, book binding, curating of finished work, discussion, and exhibition & event planning.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments from handouts.
  2. Reading and research assignments from internet sites.
  3. Writing goal statements and reports.
  4. Writing exhibition statements and artist's statements.
  5. Writing instructions for demonstrations.