Artist's Books: Narrative
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Art, Media & Technology
Course Number: PSAM 3550
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Visual Arts
  • Printmaking
One of a series of advanced courses in the Artists' Books series, this course explores the use of the book form and printmaking processes to aid individual artistic expression with emphasis on narrative. Artists’ books can be traditional, experimental, based on image and text or sculptural in nature. As a class we will look at the relationships between form, material and content in printmaking media and how these relationships can be used to create and inform meaning in book objects. Through demonstrations and practice students will learn four adaptable book structures that are suitable for presenting ideas: Pamphlet, Accordion, Perfect Binding and Flat Spine Case Binding. Having worked with traditional ways of making books, three main assignments will challenge students to utilize the structures learned, printmaking media and nontraditional materials to frame ideas within the book form. Class discussions will allow students to develop their work as we view their mock-ups emphasizing the importance of verbalizing their intentions and ideas while receiving constructive feedback from peers.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university upper-level undergraduate degree students; graduate degree students may audit. Pre-requisite(s): PSAM 2550 Artist's Books: Introduction, PSAM 3550 Artist's Books: Editions, or PSAM 3550 Artist's Books: Content and Form.