Artist's Books
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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
The following Artist's Books courses will be offered in spring 2015:

Editions: In this Printmaking course, students will make original artist books using a range of materials and working methods in editions (meaning multiple copies of a book). Students will build on binding techniques learned in Artists’ Books: Intro, Artists’ Books: Narrative, or Artists’ Books: Content and Form, and develop one or two small projects leading to a larger final editioned book. This course will utilize letterpress printing, binding, various ways to include images in book forms, and will have a strong focus on concept develop and craft in the final edition. This is an excellent class for students looking to further develop their artists’ books skills and concepts, or with a book project in mind. We will also look at and discuss contemporary artist books and practices, visit an artists’ books collection, and develop critique practice in class.

Boxes, Enclosures, and Portfolios: In this course, students will learn hands-on techniques to create boxes, containers, and enclosures to house and display existing or in-progress work. The course will focus on understanding the materials, fit, construction, and finishing techniques as they relate to traditional enclosures, and how these materials and designs can be adapted to contemporary art and design needs. Materials and structures are closely tied to the field of book conservation, and students will develop a thorough knowledge of materials and construction through making traditional (drop-spine box, portfolio, hinged and lidded boxes, phase box) enclosures. For the final project, each student will design and execute an enclosure that builds on the skills and ideas developed in class.

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.