This workshop is for artists just starting to make artist’s books and who wish to incorporate writing into their work and for writers who want to expand their writing practice into a visual genre.
Feb 7, 2023 - Mar 14, 2023
Workshop Fee: $375
Class Size: 12
NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform
Class Meets 6 Tuesday evenings 6-8pm EST.
In this 6-session course, participants will learn techniques for generating text for artists’ books through conceptual approaches to language such as words as image, narrative, or lyrical expression. Participants will experiment with text itineraries and Dada and Surrealistic techniques.
Weeks 1-3: Writing exercises will be assigned to be completed before, during, and in between the first three workshop sessions. Various methods for getting text onto book pages will be demonstrated through mark-making, transfers, stencils, stamps, and rub-on type.
Weeks 3-6: In the last three sessions of the expanded edition of this workshop participants will choose from writings generated and use these to create text for a finished artist’s book project using a simple accordion-style structure folded from a single sheet of paper. Exercises and instructor demonstrations will support participants in developing their concepts and learning the skills step by step to make an artist’s book. The final workshop session will be an opportunity to share the artists’ books completed in the workshop.
Who should take this workshop
This workshop is for artists just starting to make artist’s books and who wish to incorporate writing into their visual work and for writers who want to expand their writing practice into a visual genre. No prerequisite is required and students who have previously taken Unfolding Narratives: Writing for Artist’s Books (Online) are welcome to enroll in this expanded version.
Instructor: Ellen Sheffield
Ellen Sheffield is a visual artist, poet and teacher based in Gambier, Ohio and the California Bay Area. Her works on paper and artist’s books play with image and text intersections to create unexpected readings. Collaborations with poets, experiments with found text and working with visual scores are some of the ways she engages with themes of place, memory and language perception.