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Book Arts: 22-3347SR Book Arts
Santa Reparata International School of Art
Florence, Italy

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Book Arts 300 English 3 90 N/A

This intensive course will introduce students to the traditions and methods of the handmade book, as well as the expressive possibilities available with bookworks. The student will begin with simple foundational structures such as pamphlet-stitched and accordion style books and progress through more complex historical structures such as books sewn on supports, longstitch and coptic bindings. Exploration with materials is encouraged and students can combine other media (such as photography, printmaking, painting, etc.) they are familiar with in creating their bookworks. In addition students will be introduced to traditional methods of typesetting.  To help acquaint the student with the long and on-going tradition of book arts in Italy, time permitting, fieldtrips will be organized to visit contemporary artists (bookbinders, papermakers) in their studios as well as visits to museums and institutions in the area which maintain collections relevant to the art of the book. Lastly, through slide presentations, sample works and lectures, the student will be given an overview of the history of the book and its development in Western art.

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