Workshops Archive

From Poetry to Prints to Book Arts via ZOOM

Constance Vallis

with Amaryllis Siniossoglo

Thursdays 6:00-8:00 PM (EST), September 16 – November 18, 2021

This workshop is full.  Email to be on the waiting list.

limited to 6 students

sliding scale: $300-$500

During this 10-week workshop participants will have the opportunity to develop their individual  book arts project/s inspired by poetry or other writings.

Throughout the sessions, participants will create a number of practice books ( blank and/or including prints and text) exploring different structures: pamphlet, stab binding, accordion, folded and drum leaf books. Technical matters and binding variation will presented.

Working in any printmaking medium of their choice, participants will be guided through all the creative stages of an artist’s book: source of inspiration, thumbnails, sketches, references, dummy book, page design, text and image composition, front and back cover design, printing and binding.

Text can be a poem, haiku or song; prints may be in any printmaking medium of your choice (relief, monotype, solar plates, lithography, etching, print collage, other). You are welcome to complete or modify existing prints, or create new ones to accompany the text. For those new to printmaking, a series of monotypes will be highly recommended, offering flexibility and limited studio equipment needed. This workshop will include limited printmaking demonstrations, focusing more on book development and encouraging artists to print outside of class time.

Emphasis will be given to the concept, text and image interpretation, sequence and rhythm, color and paper choices, alternative materials, size and format, hands-on and digital media options, one-of-a-kind and home printed editions. Zoom meetings will include presentations, hands-on demonstrations, group and one-on-one discussions.

This workshop is open to anyone who has taken Prints and Poetry, or has a basic understanding of printmaking and book making.  No press necessary.  A full materials list will be sent after registration.

Basic materials needed include:

  • Bone folder
  • Cutting materials and cutting surface
  • Metal ruler and straight edge
  • Glue
  • Paper ( heavyweight, lightweight, colored, newsprint, prints)
  • Board
  • Clips
  • Binder’s thread and needles