Making Artist Books

These classes can be tailored for both primary and secondary students.

Creative Bookmaking ties into many learning areas of the curriculum including maths, language and art strands.

“Artists’ Books” was a Level 4 and 5 unit in the Visual Arts Strand of the previous school curriculum, and fits well into many units of the new revisions.

These techniques can be adapted into many curriculum areas, and designed to suit all ability levels.

Some basic concepts can be covered in a one hour session, or a more comprehensive unit can be spread over several hours.

 

Please contact Tricia to discuss your requirements, and to organise a time for the class.

 

primary school students – years 3 – 6

These delightful intricately-folded books look complicated, but they are surprisingly simple to make. They provide the perfect vehicle to display completed work in the different genres covered in language arts, as well as complementing handwriting and calligraphy activities. Constructing the interesting shapes provides an ideal hands-on reinforcement for maths learning (shape, pattern, symmetry, etc) as well as stimulating gifted children to explore creative variations. They can be decorated imaginatively during art sessions, or tailored to suit specific themes and festivals.

The minimum class length is half an hour, but the unit is more meaningful as a longer session (1 - 2 hours) or as several shorter sessions spread over several weeks. 

“For three years now Tricia Smout has worked with my gifted class. Each item that Tricia has taught has been able to be used by the students either as an end-product of a unit of work or transferred into their life as a leisure pursuit. Tricia is a natural teacher and the reflections written by the students after the workshops have shown how much they appreciated these opportunities. She differentiated her activities so that students were able to take them further and they were encouraged to do so. At the same time she lent support to students who were not so able. I am pleased to have had the opportunities to work with an artisan like Tricia.” Mary Jane Smith, Robertson State School



 

secondary school students  – years 7 – 12

These delightful intricately-folded books look complicated, but they are surprisingly simple to make. They provide the perfect vehicle to display completed work in many different subject areas, including English, Media Studies, Hospitality and Business subjects. Extra pages and inserts can be added enabling the journals to be used creatively. The paper used in these books can be decorated  imaginatively during Art lessons, and many different variations can be devised by the creative students.
Constructing the interesting shapes provides an ideal hands-on reinforcement for Maths concepts as well as stimulating gifted children to explore creative variations.

The minimum class length is half an hour, but the unit is more meaningful as a longer session (1 - 2 hours) or as several shorter sessions spread over several weeks.  

“Tricia has come to our school on several occasions when I am teaching the Artist Book Unit. Not only does she show the students how to create several different types of books, but she also brings lots of amazing examples of book structures to show the girls what might be possible.” Emelia Franz, art teacher, St Mary’s College, Ipswich.

“The class responded well to Tricia’s presentation and were delighted with her range of samples. I also learned new techniques”
Joanna Faber, art teacher, Kedron State High School.
 

 

Here are some examples of the types of books that can be incorporated into primary and secondary classes .... depending on the length of time available several techniques can be incorporated into a single class.

 

CONCERTINA BOOKS 

In this class students are shown many different techniques for making books based on the accordion fold.

As well as basic concertinas, they can use this versatile technique to make samples of flag books, tunnel books, star books, pocketed concertinas and double concertinas.

They can examine lots of finished examples of books made using these techniques and be inspired by the many variations and possibilities.

SINGLE SHEET BOOKS

In this class students are shown many different techniques for making books, all using just a single sheet of paper, but yet looking intricate and unique.

They will make samples of many different types of books, including maze books, snake books, pop-ups, insertion books, gate-fold books and more.

They can examine lots of finished examples of books made using these techniques and be inspired by the many variations and possibilities.

 

ORIGAMI BOOKS

In this class students will be shown many different techniques for making books based on origami folds.

They will learn at least three different folding patterns, and be shown how to assemble them in several different ways to make your own unique books.

They will be able to examine lots of finished examples of books made using these techniques and be inspired by the many variations and possibilities.

SLOTTED BOOKS 

In this class students will be shown several different techniques for making your own books and 3D sculptures by interlocking slotted pieces of card. These include slotted concertinas and slot-and-tab books.

They will be able to examine lots of finished examples of books made using these techniques and be inspired by the many variations and possibilities.

BOOKS WITH FOLDED COVERS

These are fascinating books with folded pockets on the cover (in which a book can be stitched inside later).

Students will make three different varieties which have pockets for adding souvenirs, photos and collage items.

STAR (CAROUSEL) BOOKS

In this class students will be able to explore several different ways to make books which open up into a 3D circular shape.

They will be able to examine finished examples of these books, and be inspired by the variations and possibilities.

PAMPHLET STITCHED BOOKS & FIGURE 8 KNOTTED BOOKS

In this class students learn the versatile technique of pamphlet stitching, as well as the useful figure-8 method of knotting pages together.

Both these techniques are very adaptable, and can be used to make book in many different materials (fabric, plastic, wood, etc) as well as paper and card.

They will be able to examine lots of finished examples of books, and be inspired by the many variations and possibilities.

TIED & STAB-BOUND BOOKS

In this class students learn techniques for making books using tying and exposed stitched bindings.

They will make samples of traditional Japanese stab binding, and also modern variations of these, as well as other tied bindings.

They will be able to examine lots of finished examples of books, and be inspired by the many variations and possibilities.

BUTTONHOLE STITCH BOOKS

In this class students will be shown how to make a Buttonhole Stitch Book, in which the folded pages are attached to the cover using long looped stitches.

These make great process journals for school projects because students can continually add more pages and samples. 

They will be able to examine finished examples of these books, and be inspired by the variations and possibilities.

 

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