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Summer Book Arts

Summer Book Arts Program


Summer 2016: Monday, August 1 – Sunday, August 7

Spend seven days in Portland, Maine studying Book Arts! The Wishcamper Center in Portland will be the setting for a series of Book Arts related workshops, filled with a wide range of topics including printmaking, paste paper, intaglio printing, coptic bookbinding, letterforms, and more.

During this program, each participant will have the opportunity to work with 8 different instructors in half-day and full-day workshops. Every participant will be exposed to a variety of approaches and opinions from a stimulating group of professional Artists.

Delicious lunches will be served each day of the program.

The Book Arts program comes to a conclusion on September 12th with a final lecture and panel discussion followed by the exhibition reception.

All Book Arts Program participants are invited to participate (those taking the course for academic credit are expected to participate) in the Book Arts exhibit at Special Collections on the 6th floor of the Glickman Family Library, which will run for 6 weeks starting in September, 2016.

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Summer 2016: Monday, August 1 – Sunday, August 7

  • Registration and Check In: Monday, 8:30am - 9:00am
  • Workshops:  Monday – Sunday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Lunch provided Monday through Sunday.

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August 1, Monday (Half day workshops)

  • Altered Pages/Altered Books with Abbie Read

    This workshop will explore solutions to the challenge of making art from an existing book, or books. Old discarded books can be an inspiration by virtue of their existing content or as raw material for their sculptural potential. We’ll explore both approaches. Participants will begin a number of different projects that can be finished later so as to maximize the creative potential of the workshop. Emphasis will be on transformation process (not product) during our workshop time frame. You will be asked to think personal exploration and expression first, artifact ultimately.

    • Required Materials: Tool Kit
    • Additional Materials:
      • 10 or so discarded hardcover books that appeal to you for some reason
      • Personal set of watercolors or gouache or glazes and brushes
      • Personal collection of found images and collage paper
      • Awl if you own one
      • (Instructor note: Participants should bring as many of the following materials as they have on hand. They need not go out and buy these things. I will supply many other things like board, adhesive and some tools)
  • The Portrait Poem with Lisa Giles

    As makers themselves (poesis = to make), poets have a long relationship with the visual arts.  The ancient practice of ekphrasis strives to bring a painting to life in words; the New Formalism makes meaning with patterned structures.  In this workshop, we’ll focus on the art of making portraits.  How can you ‘write’ a person’s face, their gestures, their manner of speaking—or their passions and fears?  What choices do you make in looking?  Who can speak for who?  We’ll look at a few examples and discuss the tempting, ever-present self-portrait that may lie beneath portraits of others.  Required materials: two photographs of people.  These may be from family photographs or more public sources.  

    • Required Materials: Tool Kit
    • Additional Materials:
      • Two photographs of people. These can be from family photographs or more public sources

August 2 and 3, Tuesday and Wednesday  (All day workshops)

  • Paste Papers and a Book and Box Sampler with Mary Howe

    Paste paper is a centuries-old paper decoration technique.  As you step into the art of paste paper you will find it both rewarding and seductive.  The colorful, patterned paper is the result of simple materials, tools and your free spirit to create them.  The workshop will continue with basic techniques leading to an exploration of inventive possibilities of book and box making with the use of the paste papers.

    • Required Materials: Tool Kit
    • Additional Materials:
      • Right angle triangle  (optional: we have some to share)

      • 4-6 sponge brushes, 1" - 2"
  • Following the Line - Alternative Intaglio Printing with Mary Hart

    For those who love to make marks and draw, or seek ways to integrate line with color, this workshop will introduce you to a variety of low-tech, low-cost forms of intaglio printing. From foam core etching to drypoint on PETG plastic, we will learn how to use both traditional and alternative tools to create rich intaglio surfaces. The basics of inking, wiping, registration and press-handling will be covered as we print these images on a small press. We’ll add color to line with the introduction of chine colle’ and simple monotype techniques. At the end of the day, you’ll have a portfolio of prints and plates you can incorporate into future book arts projects!

    • Required Materials: Tool Kit
    • Additional Materials:
      • Fine line Sharpie
      • Drawing tools
      • Sketchbooks or other images for drawing ideas
      • Etching needle (if you have one, or Instructor will supply)
      • 3-4" rubber brayer (if you have one, or Instructor will supply)

August 4 and 5, Thursday & Friday (All day workshops)

  • Coptic Bookbinding with Anna Low

    The Coptic binding is an ancient way to sew together a book with wonderful contemporary applications.  It’s a great binding technique to learn and master both for beginning bookbinders and experienced book artists.  In this class we will focus on constructing a blank book, paying special attention to cover materials, page paper, and the overall design of books as decorative and functional objects. Studnets will leave class with their own bound book in addition to instructions and tools to continue making Coptic bound books.

    • Required Materials: Tool Kit
    • Additional Materials:
      • An old book to take apart (covers to be reused)
      • Page paper, decorative paper, recycled cardboard like cereal boxes
  • What a Relief! Professional Printing with Playful Materials with Pilar Nadal

    Description: In this day long workshop, we’ll go over monotype relief printmaking techniques using three dimensional objects, styrofoam, and water-based inks. Don’t be fooled by your elementary school printing projects: styrofoam produces beautiful textures, luminosities and opportunities to make gorgeous prints. 

    • Required Materials: Tool Kit
    • Additional Materials:
      • 3D objects with interesting shapes and/or textures that you won't mind getting ink on
      • Hand and/or soft Brayers (optional, Instructor will have some to share)
      • Any speciality paper you'd like to print on
      • Apron

August 6 & 7,  Saturday and Sunday (All day workshops)

  • Playful Use of Letterforms in Book Work with Walter Tisdale

    We will learn how to manipulate cut-outs, stencils, homemade rubber stamps, & paste papers, two distinctive typographic letterforms, Neuland & Kabel. Rudolf Koch created them over 90 years ago, based on the broad nib writing pen. A master scribe taught me, a complete novice, how to draw them with a wide-tip felt marking pen in 15 minutes, 25 years ago. I quickly discovered how easy they were to use in my book work, as they are pleasing to the eye & functional in a wide variety of graphic designs. You will create one, or two projects from a range of assignments: a broadside, or a small pamphlet.

    • Required Materials: Tool Kit
    • Additional Materials:
      • Broad nib felt writing pen (3.5 mm or wider) pencils, pens
      • Water soluble pastels in colors of choice
      • Several small tubes of acrylic paint in colors of choice
      • Any colorful papers of heavy weight text for weaving
      • 4 or more white Staedtler erasers to make "rubber stamps"
      • Instructor note: We will provide many different papers, materials, and tools to work with to complete the work in class
  • Directory Assistance with Martha Kearsley
    Inspiration can come from organization. In this class, students will design and create an index for their text block, and map out the content within the book. Using examples ranging from address books and account ledgers, to keys on maps and atlases, we'll design where content can land in the book and create physical and visual guides to get there. Students will sew, bind, and cover their "directory" using on-set board structure, which can be readily reproduced for edition work.

    • Required Materials: Tool Kit
    • Additional Materials:
      • Awl
      • Small and medium glue brushes
      • Bookbinder's sewing needle (optional - will have some to share)
      • Dividers (optional - will have some to share)
      • Plastic or metal triangle (optional - will have some to share)

Questions about workshops?
Please email Rebecca Goodale, the faculty director of Book Arts, at

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September Exhibition and Public Lecture

The Final Project, the Research Project, the Last Class, and the Exhibit

All undergraduate and graduate students at ART 342 (EPC 582, graduate section) Summer Book Arts  (at the Wishcamper Center)  are expected to participate in the Book Arts exhibit at Special Collections 6th floor, Glickman Family Library. Those taking the course for credit MUST participate. In order to complete this course you must design and make an artist’s book inspired in some way by your week at Wishcamper.

GRADUATE STUDENTS addition you will write a research paper on some aspect of the week long program.  For instance you might write about the history of  printmaking, or on a particular book artist, binding,and/or Artist’s Books.  This will also be due on or before Sept. 6, 2016.

Artist’s Books may be delivered in person to the 6th floor, Special Collections on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, between 1 and 4:00 PM. Please include the title and your name on a piece of paper with the book.

If you decide to mail your book, send it to Rebecca Goodale, Chappell Center for Book Arts, 6th floor, Special Collections, Glickman Family Library, USM, 314 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04104 must arrive before September 6, 2016.  Keep in mind that once your book travels from your post office to USM, it then travels in USM’s mail system.  Plan on 3-5 days for delivery. Depending on your proximity to Portland.

Book Arts Exhibition: September 6– October 15, 2016
Glickman Family Library, 6th floor

Lecture and Reception: Monday, September 12th, 4:00 p.m.,
Lecture by Summer Book Arts Faculty Member: Abbie Read
University Events Room, 7th floor
Glickman Family Library, 314 Forest Avenue, Portland Campus

Following the lecture there will be an exhibition reception from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
6th floor near Special Collections 
Refreshments will be served
Free and Open to the Public

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Tool Kit

All participants are required to bring the following TOOL KIT to each workshop:

  • X-acto knife and blades or a knife with break away blades or Olaf knife (small, with snap off blades) and supply of replacement blades
  • 18” Metal Ruler
  • Self-Healing Cutting Mat about 12” x 18”
  • Pencil
  • Notebook
  • Scissors
  • Bone Folder

The TOOL KIT is required for all workshops and will be used daily.

In addition to the tool kit, each workshop requires additional materials. Please review the workshop descriptions for details.

Questions about required materials?
Please email Rebecca Goodale, the faculty director of Summer Book Arts, at

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Registration & Tuition

Registration begins on March 1st for students enrolled at USM and other University of Maine schools, and March 3rd for everyone. Participants can register for the 2016 Book Arts program for three undergraduate creditsor three graduate credits. For those interested in participating, but do not need academic credit, there is a choice to enroll for undergraduate credit and select not to receive a grade for the course (audit the course) or to enroll as a noncredit student (CEUs available).

Summer 2016 Registration Options:

Undergraduate Academic Credit:

Undergraduate Academic Credit Program Fee includes full workshop participation and tuition, university fees, some course materials, and daily lunch. Participation in the September student exhibition and attendance at the September public lecture are required for all those who wish to receive a grade. In order to complete this course for full academic credit you must design and make an artist’s book inspired in some way by your week in the program.

  • When registering for undergraduate academic credit, participants may choose to receive a grade or to audit the course. Auditing means that the participant is enrolled in the course for academic credit but will not receive a grade.

Undergraduate course code: ART 342

  • In-State residents: $1,228.00
  • Out-of-state residents: $2,464.00

    Payment for summer is due on or before April 15th.

Graduate Academic Credit:

Graduate Academic Credit (3 graduate credits) Program Fee includes full workshop participation & graduate tuition, university fees, some course materials, and daily lunch. Participation in the September student exhibition and attendance at the September public lecture are required. In order to complete this course you must design and make an artist’s book inspired in some way by your week in the program. In addition to the artist’s book, each graduate student must also submit a research paper by September 6. The paper must explore a contemporary movement in Book Arts in relationship to the history of Book Arts. It is preferable that the research stems from the Summer Book Arts experience.

  • When registering for graduate academic credit, participants may choose to receive a grade or to audit the course. Auditing the course means that the participant is enrolled in the course for academic credit but will not receive a grade.

Graduate course code: EPC 582

  • In-State residents: $1,609.00
  • Out-of-state residents: $3,547.00

    Payment is due on or before April 15th.

Senior Citizen Waiver (applicable only to the academic credit section and only available for in-state residents 65 or older)

Maine residents 65 and older are eligible to apply for a Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver. The Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver applies only to the academic credit section of the course and covers tuition, unified fee, and the summer administrative fee.  Individuals must be a Maine resident, 65 or older, and registered for undergraduate academic credit.  Learn more about USM's Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver.  


Participate for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) Participation Fee includes full workshop participation, basic materials, and daily lunch.

  • CEU option/65 contact hours/6.5 CEUs:  $1,240.00

Registration for noncredit/CEUs can be done online or over the phone by calling Professional & Continuing Education at 207-780-5900.

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The Summer Book Arts Program will be held at the Wishcamper Center on the University of Southern Maine's Portland Campus. Our vibrant Portland campus is right at the heart of this energetic, diverse city, nationally known for its arts and culture, outdoor lifestyle–and amazing food!

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    A Creative Community on Maine's Scenic Coast
    Authentic- by nature with its heady mixture of artistic and outdoor adventures, our region is stylish and sophisticated, yet remains genuine and unpretentious, a place where grey flannel and plaid flannel coexist companionably. And underlying the latest tech, fashion, and culinary scene is a deep sense of continuity. We invite you to experience the character of a region that blends the present with a very special past.

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Summer 2016 Faculty

Faculty Director:

  • Rebecca Goodale is the Program Coordinator for USM's Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts, is the Faculty Director for the Book Arts Program. Rebecca is a book artist, whose work can be found in numerous public collections throughout the United States including the local collections at Bowdoin College Library, the Maine Women Writers Collection, and the Portland Museum of Art. For questions regarding Book Arts workshop details, material lists, and tool kit contact Rebecca at

Workshops Faculty:

  • Anna Low's formal education is in photography and art education, with a BA from Hampshire College, a year studying at Speós, The Paris Photographic Institute, and a MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After many years of teaching in the Chicago Public School System and running an art department at a private school in Rhode Island, she made the leap to full time artist. She now divides her time more or less equally among bookbinding, printing using antiquated photography techniques, web / graphic design, teaching, and the rest of life (which includes a wonderful family, a sassy rescue mutt, hiking, and vegetable gardening). Her photographs and artist books have been exhibited throughout New England and the East Coast and published in several periodicals, including Maine Magazine. Her home studio is bright and sunny, in Auburn, Maine.
  • Martha Kearsley is a bookbinder and book conservator from Portland, Maine. She is currently on contract at Harvard University and is an instructor in the Bookbinding Program at North Bennett Street School in Boston. She is the owner and operator of Strong Arm Bindery, which specializes in the print and binding of stationary items.
  • Lisa Giles teaches for the English Department and Honors Program at the University of Southern Maine, where she is developing a new Literature and the Arts course. She returned to Maine after receiving an MFA in poetry at Arizona State University and a PhD in American Literature at Brandeis.  Her poems have appeared in the Black Fly Review, Puckerbrush Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, and California State Quarterly

  • Mary Hart is a painter and printmaker from Portland Maine.  She earned her BA at Dartmouth College and her MFA in painting from Bard College.   She started the printmaking program at Southern Maine Community College and has most recently been teaching painting and drawing at Bowdoin College. Hart is a past president of Peregrine Press, a printmaking cooperative in Portland.   Her paintings and prints are very small, carefully rendered observations of nature and other artifacts, and can be seen at

  • Abbie Read is a mixed media artist living in rural Appleton Maine. She has taught for many years, first as a full time art teacher at Concord Academy, in Concord, MA, then at the University of Michigan, and since 1998 as a workshop instructor in midcoast Maine. Her studio practice alternates between two and three dimensions, collage and assemblage, paper and found objects. Old books in some way are almost always a part of the work. Visit her website at and her blog at

  • Mary Howe lives and maintains her studio on Deer Isle.  With a background of textiles, printmaking and teaching art, her books are constructed with multiple layers of materials often featuring extraordinary detail.  Equally important are the unique protective containers.  Only by opening, unfolding, manipulating, and exploring her creative boxes, book structures, and innovative pages is it possible to encounter and understand the surprising elements.  Recently her books have evolved into books to wear. 

  • Walter Tisdale is a printer & publisher of handmade books. He uses relief prints, hot-metal type, handmade papers & a host of graphic means to create small editions of books in collaboration with artists & writers. He earned his B.S. in Studio Art at the University of Wisconsin. He lives & works in Bangor, Maine. He will bring an extensive variety of books & examples to class for all to handle.

  • Pilar Nadal is the owner of Pickwick Independent Press, a community print shop located in Downtown Portland, Maine. She is Master Letterpress Printer and holds an MFA from the Maine College of Art. More of her work can be seen at

Questions about workshop faculty and program content?
Please email Rebecca Goodale, the faculty director of Book Arts, at

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