Explore the incredible world of book arts!
Dates: Jun 24–Jul 7, 2018
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Workshop Fee: $3100
Class Size: 8
Perfect for the consummate creative who’s always looking for a new way to present their work and combine mediums, this book arts crash course will teach you all the basics (and then some) that you need to create anything from a zine to a handmade artist book. You’ll start with an introduction to letter press and decorative papers, then move into book design and binding techniques, and finish with personal projects and portfolio box-making. Students are encouraged to bring drawings, prints, photographs, writing, and other 2-dimensional work to incorporate into their books.
About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critiques, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.
We recommend students have access to $150 over the two-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.
Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 PM and departure is on Saturday morning.
Tuition Note: includes room and board
Students may request a transcript be sent to their high school for possible credit.
Header Image Credit: Amanda Piela
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.