2-Day Portfolio Box Construction

Date: Jun 2-3, 2018
Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $425
Class Size: 8

Artwork Credit: Richard Reitz Smith

In this course, students will be introduced to various styles of portfolio boxes, allowing them to choose the one that best fits their needs. Each student will leave the class with at least one completed box and will become proficient in crafting, cutting, constructing and covering custom portfolio boxes in the process.

Students are encouraged to bring samples of their 2-dimensional work (photographs, drawings, prints, etc) in order to properly size their unique portfolios. Feel free to bring a variety of sizes and media! Students will have access to a broad range of book cloth available in the Book Arts studio at Maine Media, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

All experience levels welcome.

Lunch each day is included. Lodging is available on campus $75/night, private room & bath.

Image Credit: Drew Cornwall

Header Image Credit: Aidan Bliss

Instructor: Richard Reitz Smith

Richard Reitz Smith, recently, was selected as Book Artist in Residence at Maine Media Workshops + College where he wrote, illustrated, printed and bound a limited-edition abecedary of alliterative haiku.

Richard received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in painting and illustration. After working for three years developing products for Crayola and Liquitex, he returned to school and earned an MFA in graphic design (Tyler School of Art- Temple University). Then started a five-year tour of universities as an art and design professor which led him to New York City where he taught at Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts. While doing this, he freelanced as an illustrator and graphic designer for companies like The GAP, Macy's, American Craft Museum, Metlife, Pearson Education and Scholastic. Then he took positions at Clicquot, Inc. and Clinique Cosmetics consecutively. For Clinique Cosmetics, he managed multi-million-dollar, international, seasonal product and promotional launches as the director of package design-worldwide. For Clicquot, Inc. he was a one-person art department for the wine importer/promoter of Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Bouchard and many other ultra premium wines.