Summer 2014 dates - TBA
Spend seven days beside the sea studying Book Arts! The beautiful Stone House in Freeport, Maine will be the setting for a series of Book Arts related workshops, filled with a wide range of topics including monotype prints, book binding, inventive fold books, book design, calligraphy, sewing, and narratives.
During this course, 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 throughout the program.
The Book Arts program comes to a conclusion in September 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 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 in September, 2013.
Summer 2014 Dates - TBA
- Registration and Check In: Monday, 8:30am-9:00am
- Workshops: Monday – Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Lunch provided Monday – Sunday
2014 Workshops TBA
Summer 2013 Workshops:
MONDAY, July 29 (Half day workshops)
- Tunnel Books From Altered Books with Allison Villani
Bring a well-loved, no longer used book (or two) that needs a new life and transform it into a sculptural tunnel book. An illustrated book offers more possibilities in its transformation. Learn the basic format of a tunnel book, and then let your imagination run wild. You will have fun experimenting with this book form. You are sure to leave with a very unique book that you will treasure and you will be inspired to create more on your own!
- Required Materials: Book(s) to be altered (there will be some books available as well) An eraser
- Optional Materials: Any paints, inks or colored pencils that you like to use, stiffer paper (cardstock weight) any special papers you might want to include in your book.
- The Nature of Things with Betsy Sholl
Both visual art and poetry deal with things, concrete objects and how they speak to us. There’s history of earth and fire in an iron skillet. Rilke advises that we speak of things, and let them carry the bigger concepts. In this workshop we will play with how lists work, the mix of ordinary and surprising things, and listen to objects, thinking of what their history and relationships can teach us about ourselves.
- Required Materials: Bring pen and paper, memories of favorite objects, lost and found.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, July 30 & 31 (All day workshops)
- Hand Lettering for Books with Jan Owen
Students will experiment with a variety of writing tools from sticks and brushes to broad edge pens to learn how to add words to their book work. We will consider page design and letter styles, historic and contemporary. We will construct a simple book and pages made in this class may be used in a later binding class.
- Required Materials: Smock or wear old clothes: We will be writing with black sumi ink (provided by Stone House) so you may want to bring a smock or wear old clothes.
- Paper and Stitch with Crystal Cawley
With paper and a variety of sewing techniques and stitches, we’ll explore mark-making, layering, attaching, and fabricating diverse artifacts. We’ll use every day sewing threads, embroidery floss, and other thread and thread-like materials, and spin our own thread using recycled paper. Some of our stitching will be by hand, some by machine. Everyone will make their own sampler of stitched paper pieces—a personal archive of possibilities for future work.
- Required Materials:
- A variety of sewing, embroidery, tapestry, and craft needles and needle threader (if you need one)
- Hole punch
- Metal straight edge of some kind: ruler, triangle, whatever you usually use
- Scissors (two pairs if you’re finicky like me: one pair for thread and fabric and the other for paper)
- Thread: sewing thread for the machines, heavier stuff for hand sewing
- Embroidery threads: DMC floss, Perle Cotton, etc.
- Yarn, thin ribbon, stuff like that
- Lightweight flexible wire
- 9 x 12 pad of tracing paper
- Any paper you want to use (new paper, things you’ve already printed, old book pages, and so on)
- Fabric scraps
- Optional Materials: The following items are only if you already have them as bringing them will since we will only have two or three of them on hand during the workshop:
- Portable sewing machine and needles
- Japanese screw punch and bits OR rubber mallet and punch set
THURSDAY & FRIDAY, August 1 & 2 (All day workshops)
- Building on Monotype with Mary Hart
In this workshop students will be introduced to basic methods of creating monotype prints using water based inks. We'll explore painting on the plate, using stencils, and developing richly layered textures to create complex surfaces. Use of a printing press, paper handling and registration will be introduced. Building on these monotype processes, students will learn a low tech way to add drypoint drawings into the prints. Our printing plates are thin plastic and double as both a monotype and intaglio surface. We'll also dabble in chine colle, a playful method of bringing collage elements into the prints.
- Required Materials: Drawing tools, Etching needle, and Paintbrushes
- Optional Material: Soft rubber brayer
- Book Dummies with Walter Tisdale
We will develop several different binding models that I have found most useful, while printing & publishing handmade editions of books: pamphlets, two-signature & screen-folds. The best time to develop the binding is when you’re designing the book. You can combine different aspects of these bindings which will influence how the book operates. Simple sewing stitches & paper-folding is all we will use to create sturdy & integrated paper bindings. Each student will receive a kit of papers to work with. There will be different models for you to choose from.
- Required Materials: X-acto and/or utility knife, stout ruler or straight-edge, 2H pencils, drafting dividers (optional, Stone House has a few), small diameter punching awl, bring any papers you might want to use
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, August 3 & 4 (All day workshops)
- Throwing out the Folios with Alison Kuller
One of the more frustrating aspects of incorporating art into a book form is that the center gutter breaks up a large image, and the size can be somewhat limiting. There are ways to avoid this, and to include larger pages in a more compact format, and this is what we'll explore during this workshop. We'll experiment with unusual folds, work with a simple but rather ingenious sewing structure, and endeavor to combine some of the work you do earlier in the week, so that it works as a book.
Using decorated paper, we'll cover book board to establish a working scale, then sew folios onto a small accordion spine piece that will literally “throw out” the text of the book when you open a page, creating a clean (albeit gently folded) layout. One great advantage of this structure is that you can add dimension to the pages and still have plenty of “compensation” space at the spine, so that it opens well and distributes the stress of the board attachment. No broken hinges! And the variations are endless.
- Required Materials:
- Cutting mat (which can be as simple as a 16x20 inch piece of non-corrugated chip board or mat board)
- Plain or decorated paper that will fold easily over book board (at least 6 inches larger than you anticipate your completed book to be), at least 60# in weight.
- Star Book Narratives with Rebecca Goodale
Looking back over the week each student will design and make an artist’s book inspired by the work they have made in each workshop. Creating layers of visual information, combined with poetry and a variety of techniques everyone will create a unique star book. The day will focus on good design as well as the fine craft of binding.
- Required Materials: Bring everything you’ve made during the week and (of course) your tool kit
Questions about workshops?
Please email Rebecca Goodale, the faculty director of Book Arts at the Stone House, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Book Arts program comes to a conclusion in September with a student exhibition, reception, and final lecture.
Student Exhibition: September 9th – October 11, 2013 Glickman Family Library, 6th floor
- The student exhibition runs for six weeks from September 9th through October 11th on the 6th floor of the Glickman Family Library, USM Portland Campus.
Reception: September 16th
- Opening reception of student exhibition.
Final Lecture: September 16th
- Laurie Whitehill Chong: Artists' Books As Teaching Tools: a Cross-Disciplinary Perspective
Laurie Whitehill Chong, Special Collections Librarian and Curator of Artists’ Books at the Fleet Library at RISD, received her BFA in Illustration from RISD and her MLS from the University of Rhode Island. She joined the RISD Library in 1989 as Readers’ Services Librarian. As part of the library’s instruction program, she began working with its special collections and growing collection of artists’ books, promoting these resources to classes and featuring them in exhibitions. In 2006, her position was changed to Special Collections Librarian, after the RISD library moved to its new facility at 15 Westminster St. She continues to present selections of resources to over 75 classes per year, provides individual consultations for student projects and curates the library’s exhibition program.
For the College Book Art Association, the Art Libraries Society of North America, The Guild of Book Workers, the URI New Leaves Presents Series, The John Russell Bartlett Society, and the Watts History of the Book Program at Brown University, among others, Laurie has given many presentations and papers and served on panels. Her article, “Making connections, creating dialogues: artists’ books at RISD” was published in ART LIBRARIES JOURNAL in 2007 in the UK. She maintains a Special Collections blog http://risdspecial.wordpress.com, featuring artist book and special collections resources and events.
As a practicing artist, Laurie’s drawings, paintings, collages, and handmade books, have been exhibited locally and out of state. Her more recent work is in experimental letterpress broadsides and linocuts, and during her sabbatical year she hand produced an artist book, Snow Bound In September: A Re-Imagining, in an edition of 25 copies. Laurie has taught classes in papermaking, paste paper and bookbinding through RISD’s Continuing Education and the RISD Museum Education department.
All participants are required to bring the following TOOL KIT to each workshop:
- X-acto or utility knife and blades
- Masking tape – one roll
- Self-healing cutting mat
- 18” metal ruler or straightedge
- Pencil and Sketchbook/Notebook
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.
Participants can register for the 2013 Book Arts at Stone House for undergraduate academic credit, graduate academic credit, or for noncredit/continuing education units.
The 2013 Program is complete. Summer 2014 program will begin registration in March, 2014.
Sign up to recieve information. We will keep you up-to-date with 2014 program dates and regisration information.
Summer 2013 Registration Options:
*Those interested in using a senior citizen waiver must register for 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. In order to complete this course you must design and make an artist’s book inspired in some way by your week at Stone House.
Undergraduate course code: ART342
- In-State residents: $1,228.00
- Out-of-state residents: $2,464.00
- Tuition is due on or before April 15th. Full payment options and information will be provided at time of registration.
- Participants registering for academic credit may pay by check or money order or with a credit card through USM’s Mainestreet.
- Senior Citizen Waiver- The Senior Citizen Waiver covers tuition, unified fee, and the summer admin. fee. Individuals must be a Maine resident, 65 or older, and registered for undergraduate academic credit. Learn more about USM's Senior Citizen Waiver.
If eligible, please complete the Senior Citizen Waiver Application Form.
- When registering for undergraduate academic credit, participants may choose to receive a grade or, for those not interested in a grade, can audit the course. Auditing the course means that the participant is enrolled in the course for academic credit but will not receive a grade. This is the best option for those who want to use a senior citizen waiver but do not need a grade for the course.
- For questions regarding academic credit, auditing, and senior citizen waivers, please contact Professional and Continuing Education’s Student Service office at (207) 780-5900.
Graduate Academic Credit (3 graduate credits) Participation 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 at Stone House. In addition to the artist’s book, each graduate student must also submit a research paper by September 5 . 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 Stone House experience.
Graduate course code: ART599
- In-State residents: $1,609.00
- Out-of-state residents: $3,547.00
- Tuition is due on or before April 15th. Full payment options and information will be provided at time of registration.
- Participants registering for graduate academic credit may pay by check or money order or with a credit card through USM’s Mainestreet.
- When registering for graduate academic credit, participants may choose to receive a grade or, for those not interested in a grade, can audit the course. Auditing the course means that the participant is enrolled in the course for academic credit but will not receive a grade.
- For questions regarding academic credit, and auditing, please contact Professional and Continuing Education’s Student Service office at (207) 780-5900.
Noncredit/Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Participation Fee includes full workshop participation, basic materials, and daily lunch.
- CEU option/65 contact hours/6.5 CEUs: $1,228.00
The Book Arts Program is held at the lovely Stone House, located at Wolfe's Neck on Casco Bay, in Freeport, Maine. The Stone House, designed by John Calvin Stevens, is a Colonial Revival style building located near the tip of Wolfe’s Neck on Casco Bay. The property is surrounded by extensive rhododendron gardens and pastureland. Most classrooms have water views. Located approximately five miles outside of the center of bustling Freeport, the Stone House was donated to the University of Southern Maine by Mrs. Eleanor Houston Smith.
- Local Hotels:
There are a wide variety of hotels in the Freeport/Brunswick area. For more information about hotels in the area, go to http://www.visitmaine.com/
- A Word About Freeport:
Freeport is located on the shores of beautiful Casco Bay. Well known for its outlet shopping, the town is rich in history and recreational opportunities. Home to LL Bean, Freeport is a great place to visit; Yankee Magazine selected Freeport as the Best Shopping Town in New England. The small town has myriad opportunities for shopping, recreating, and outdoor enjoyment, too. A wide variety of accommodations are available to suit all tastes. There are restaurants, pubs and coffee shops all within an easy walk of the downtown area.
- 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 at the Stone House 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 the Book Arts at the Stone House workshop details, material lists, and tool kit contact Rebecca at email@example.com.
- Crystal Cawley makes sculpture, artist’s books, and works on and of paper that include hand sewing and embroidery. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in England. Her work is in many public collections around the US, and she was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2005, and grants from the Maine Arts Commission in 2004 and 2010.
- Rebecca Goodale is the Faculty Director of Book Arts at Stone House, a faculty member of the USM Art Department, and the Program Coordinator of USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83 Center for Book Arts. Rebecca exhibits her artist’s books in venues around the world. Her work is in numerous institutional collections including Bowdoin College Library, The Herron Art Library, Maine Women Writers Collection, Library of Congress, University of Alberta Special Collections, and the State Museum of Hawaii.
- Mary Hart is a painter and printmaker from Portland Maine. She earned her BA from 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 printmaking 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 Aucocisco Gallery in Portland and at maryhartstudio.com
- Alison Kuller is a bookbinder and conservator who also likes to fool around with inventive shapes and structures. Trained in bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Alison has worked in conservation labs at Harvard University and the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Massachusetts. Currently working from her studio in Camden, Maine, Alison often teaches elements of book history and book binding, and is currently engaged in research regarding remarkable elements of book structures over time.
- Jan Owen is a book artist and calligrapher who makes unique artists books. Her experience as a graphic designer and musician led her to handwritten words. She studied calligraphy in the US and Wales. Her work is in many museum and special collections. www.JanOwenArt.com
- Betsy Sholl served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Rough Cradle (Alice James Books), Late Psalm, Don't Explain, and The Red Line. Her awards include the AWP Prize for Poetry, the Felix Pollak Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and two Maine Individual Artists Grants. Recent poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Image, Field, Brilliant Corners, Best American Poetry, 2009, Best Spiritual Writing, 2012. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.
- Walter Tisdale has printed & published handmade editions of books for many years. He has a B.S. in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin. He works in collaboration with artists & writers from his studio in Bangor, Maine. He has exhibited in a variety of Maine Book shows at PMA, CMCA, UMO-Lord Hall Gallery, & UMM-Art Gallery. His books are in many public & private collections. He has taught university & community Book Arts classes.
- Allison Villani has been teaching in the Portland Public School system as an art teacher since 1995. She has taught at all grade levels K-12. After starting in middle school, she spent nine years at Portland High. Allison is in her sixth year at Reiche Elementary School teaching K-5 and her third year at West School K-12. She has taught summer book arts classes at Oak Street Studio, and workshops at USM for teachers as well as art education students. Allison has a BFA from Boston University with a major in Sculpture, and a MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, in Art Education.
Questions about workshop faculty and program content?
Please email Rebecca Goodale, the faculty director of Book Arts at the Stone House, at firstname.lastname@example.org.