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Re: Book Making Projects

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Bob Greaves (
Tue, 06 Jan 1998 13:18:55 +0000

It is interesting that this topic has come up. I have been using
bookcraft as a means of teaching about craft skills for a number of
years. It is also an excellent cross curriculum activity.
Maths, language, craft, technology, applied art, history etc.
It is possible to structure bookcraft projects from the very simple
to the complex traditional craft.
I find that my education students enjoy the "step by step/follow me"
approach but I balance the activity with a very open ended exercise
the previous week. If i did the bookcraft activity first, they would
clam up during the creative exercise and expect me to give them the
I find too, children enjoy learnuing a craft skill and ending up with
an end product which looks good. I very carefully point out that
they are not participating in an "art " activity but emphasise the
aquisition of "craft" skills. The pride in craftsmanship.
The "art" comes when they use the aquired skills in an expressive
God! I know this will now probably bring a ton of bricks down on my head
by trying to explain myself.
Bob Greaves.