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Summer Book Arts

Details:

Summer 2019: Monday, July 29th – Sunday, August 4th

Spend seven days in Portland, Maine studying Book Arts! The Wishcamper Center in Portland, Maine will be the setting for a series of Book Arts related workshops, filled with a wide range of topics including generating color and collage, botanical contact printing, letter forms, and many 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 9th, 2019 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 4 weeks starting in September 2019.

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Schedule:

Summer 2019: Monday, July 29 – Sunday, August 4

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

Lunch provided Monday – Sunday

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Workshops:

July 29, Monday (Half day workshops)

  • Comics-Based Narrative with Jim Flahaven

    In this workshop we will loosen up, brainstorm ideas, and learn about pictorial devices used in comics.  With ink and simple tools, we will work individually and collaboratively to create random imagery based on specific prompts. Each student will be asked to selectively reproduce a series of panels from this shared visual vocabulary in order to create their own narrative.

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as the following additional materials:
        • Soft tipped brush, preferably bamboo
        • a pencil
    • Fiction in Miniature: Writing Short, Short Stories with Marlin Barton

      We’ll read a number of short, short stories by contemporary writers, talk about the most basic elements of fiction, such as plot, character development and point of view, and then try our hand at writing our own short, shorts. We won’t be looking to write masterpieces, but you may surprise yourself.

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as the following additional materials:
        • pens and writing paper, or a laptop computer
        • a love of fiction

    July 30 and July 31, Tuesday and Wednesday  (All day workshops)

    • Painted Patterns and the Double Accordion with Jill Osgood

      This workshop will explore the rich visual and sculptural possibilities of the double accordion book form.  By introducing color, contrast, cutouts, and flags, each book will come alive in three dimensions. Students will paint abstract patterned paper and incorporate it into a double accordion “tunnel” book, finished with a hard cover binding.

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as the following additional materials:
        • Pencils and favorite mark making tools
        • Ideas for patterns from nature
    • Letters to the Page with Jan Owen

      The class will explore how to add hand lettered text to artists books. Students will work with several letter styles, page designs and be given guide sheets. A variety of writing tools, pens and brushes, inks and paints will be tried on various papers. Students will be shown contemporary letter arts and encouraged to develop their own letters and page layouts. Everyone will make a book of sample pages at the end.

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as the following additional materials:
        • Pencils, ruler, kneaded eraser

        • Scissors

        • Any favorite pens, markers you write with

        • Some favorite quotations, short poems or songs

        • We will be using black ink so bring an apron or old shirt.

    August 1 and 2, Thursday and Friday (All day workshops)

    • Polyhedron Books with Cynthia Motian McGuirl

      Students will begin the class by making a model of a book that folds flat but can be opened to form a box or other 3-dimensional shape. They will learn several double action hinge techniques–taped, glued and sewn. Students will create images and words with cut, glued and stitched collage techniques on individual pages. These pages will be formed into a final book that can be read and displayed as a sculptural shape.

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as the following additional materials:
        • 1/4” hole punch or Japanese screw punch
        • small paper scissors
        • personal collage materials (optional)
    • Designing and Printing Simple Woodcut Patterns for Paper Crafts with Lisa Pixley

      Students will be exposed to a variety of relief mark making and woodcut techniques. Explorations will be fast loose and expressive. Students will learn how to design simple repeat patterns. The class will learn to print by hand and by press on versatile papers. Students are encouraged to bring reference images and found objects to use to create their patterns. Objects like string, leaves and even photographs on their phones will be used to create interesting raw materials that can later be used for origami, book binding, stationary and a host of other paper crafts.

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as the following additional materials:
        • T-shirt rag

        • Apron

        • Drawings, photos and other inspirational source materials

        • #2 pencils (hand held pencil sharpener if you have one)

        • Optional:

        • A sheet or two of Japanese paper like kozo or small pad Chinese calligraphy paper. Artist and craftsman sells a variety.

        • A set of water colors and brush (if the student already has them) for experiments in color washes.

    August 3 and 4, Saturday and Sunday (All day workshops)

    • Cross Structure Binding with Erin Fletcher

      The Cross Structure binding is a non-adhesive binding that offers much freedom to the text block. This 20th century design is greatly inspired by the Long Stitch bindings of the medieval era. It is suitable in conservation or new bindings, such as travel journals or decorative bindings. The structure is uniquely constructed by interlocking the front and back cover at the spine. In this workshop students will create 2 variations of the Cross Structure binding. 

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as the following additional materials:
        • ½” Flat Synthetic Paintbrush

        • 12” Metal Ruler with metric

        • Pin Vise or Awl

        • #18 blunt needles

        • small scissors

        • pencil

        • punching cradle (if you have one)

    • Rhythm, Repetition, and Interruption: Building a Dynamic Text Block with Martha Kearsley

      With printed pattern paper as inspiration, we will explore several binding forms that reveal rhythm, repetition, and interruption. Students will explore and create movement in their bindings using folds, attachments, and jigs to facilitate precise measuring, cutting and assembly techniques. Several binding forms will be created, including flag books and variations on banded and accordion bindings.

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as the following additional materials:
        • Scissors

        • Plastic Triangle(optional)

        • Paper with printed pattern

    Questions about workshops?
    Please email Rebecca Goodale, the faculty director of Book Arts, at goodale@maine.edu

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    September Exhibition and Public Lecture

    All undergraduate and graduate students in 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 ONLY...in 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 September 4, 2019.

    Artist’s Books may be delivered in person to the 6th floor, Special Collections on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, between 4:15 and 5:30 PM. Please include the title and your name on a piece of paper with the book.

    You can also wrap your book and put Rebecca Goodale - Special Collections on the cover and deliver it to the circulation desk in Glickman Family Library by September 4th. 

    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.  It must arrive before September 4, 2019.  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 4-October 15, 2019, Glickman Family Library, 6th floor 
    • Lecture and Reception: Monday, September 9th, 4:00 p.m
      • Two summer faculty, Martha Kearsley and Lisa Pixley will each talk about their work and their new studio in Portland, PrintCraft.

      • The lecture will be held in the 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. on the 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, which you must bring every day, each workshop requires additional materials needed for participation. Please review the workshop descriptions for details.

    Questions about required materials?
    Please email Rebecca Goodale, the faculty director of Summer Book Arts, at goodale@maine.edu.

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    Registration & Tuition

    Registration begins on March 4th for students enrolled at USM and other University of Maine schools, and March 6th for everyone. Participants can register for the 2019 Book Arts program for three undergraduate credits or 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). Please note that there is a special course fee of $315 to offset the cost of the materials and lunch that are provided daily. 

    Summer 2019 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: $1,255.00
      • Out-of-state residents: $2,536.00


      Payment for summer is due on or before May 10th.

    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 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 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: $1,648.00
    • Out-of-state residents: $3,658.00

      Payment for summer is due on or before May 10th.

    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 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.

    Registration for CEUs can be done online. Please refer to registration instructions found here. If you have specific questions about the workshops, please contact faculty director Rebecca Goodale at goodale@maine.edu.

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    Location

    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!

    • Local Hotels:
      There are a wide variety of hotels in the Portland area. For more information about hotels in the area, go to http://www.visitportland.com/

    • A Word About Portland:
      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 2019 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 goodale@maine.edu.

    Workshops Faculty:

    • Jim Flahaven grew up in South Dakota, Kansas, and Texas.  He received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas, and his MFA in Painting and Drawing from Ohio State University.  He spent twelve years teaching art at Clarion University of Pennsylvania before moving to Maine in 2000. He currently lives with his family in the Portland area and teaches drawing and painting at the University of Southern Maine. He is the creator of drawingforum.net.  He has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Canada. His current work is inspired by Elizabeth Murray, Terence LaNoue, and mid-century abstractionism. His personal work can be seen at jimflahaven.com.

    • Marlin Barton is from the Black Belt region of Alabama. His most recent book is Pasture Art, a collection of short stories. He has published two novels, The Cross Garden and A Broken Thing, and two previous collections, The Dry Well and Dancing by the River. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and The Best American Short Stories. He has also been awarded the Truman Capote Prize for short fiction. He teaches in, and helps direct, the Writing Our Stories project, a program for juvenile offenders created by the Alabama Writers' Forum, and he's been teaching in the low-residency MFA program at Converse College since 2010.

    • Jill Osgood is a painter, book artist, and educator, and holds a BFA from the University of Southern Maine with a concentration in painting and a minor in Book Arts.  In 2019 she completed the Maine Master Naturalist program after spending a year studying the flora and fauna of Maine. Her books are most often based upon Maine’s natural history. She lives and works on Portland’s West End with her partner John and their Boston Terrier Chloe.

      www.Jillosgood.com

    • Jan Owen is a calligrapher and book artist. She makes unique books and hanging scrolls in work that incorporates brush marks, a variety of letter forms and surface design. Starting as a printmaker and graphic designer, she learned she loves designing a page.

      www.JanOwenArt.com

    • Cynthia Motian McGuirl works with paper, metal and fiber utilizing the techniques of printmaking, stitching, and bookbinding. She has developed a back and forth repertoire between creating narrative images and creating objects. McGuirl believes that there is a meditation that happens in the rhythmic 'craft' work that helps the 'art' work to evolve.Recent exhibits include Lies, Truths & Mysteries at the NoRo Gallery, People On the Move: A Human Crisis at the Jonathan Frost Gallery, and When Will We Ever Learn at the Yvette Torres Gallery, all in Rockland, ME. McGuirl is a teaching artist who works with adults and in local schools. She was recently a Visiting Artist at the Print Studio of the University of Maine at Orono.

    • Lisa Pixley is an artist printmaker located in Portland Maine. She received her BFA with a concentration in painting from the Maine College of Art. After graduating, Pixley began a focus in the craft of print, both as a commercial and artistic practice. She studied as an apprentice with David Wolfe of Wolfe Editions where she worked closely with artists such as Charlie Hewitt and Allison Hildreth. In 2009 Pixley founded Pickwick Independent Press in Portland, a for profit shared access print studio where she worked as director, master printer, and events coordinator, while also maintaining an active art practice in the medium of printmaking. Last winter, Pixley has developed a body of work consisting of suites of prints for the launch of her new studio boutique, PrintCraft.  PrintCraft is a fine art print studio, and bindery started with Martha Kearsly of Strong Arm Bindery. With their combined forces, Kearsly and Pixley will work together to bring exquisite but affordable prints and stationary to market in their new store front located in Portland’s West End.

    • Erin Fletcher is the owner of Herringbone Bindery in South Boston, providing hand bookbinding and box-making with custom designs. She is an instructor for the Continuing Education department for North Bennet Street School in Boston and for the Book Arts Middle School Program. A graduate of the full-time Bookbinding program at the NBSS, she received training in both historical and contemporary bookbinding techniques from early codex structures to case bindings to fine leatherwork. Her work has been exhibited both domestically and internationally. Erin is the main author of Flash of the Hand, a blog "exploring the handmade life" and publishes interviews with known artists and bookbinders that explore their work and inspirations.

    • Martha Kearsley is a bookbinder and letterpress printer in Portland, Maine. She is owner and operator of Strong Arm Bindery, and co-owner of PrintCraft in Portland's West End. Martha is also an instructor in the Bookbinding Program at North Bennet Street School in Boston.

     

    Questions about workshop faculty and program content?
    Please email Rebecca Goodale, the faculty director of Book Arts, at goodale@maine.edu.

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