The following is a great book on hand made and artist's books. It contains
the most comprehensive and clearest instructions I have found. If you're doing
book making in class or just learning yourself, it is a perfect resource.
Many of my AP students have successfully followed the instructions
Cover to Cover
Lark Books, 1995, ISBN 0-937274-81-X, $24.95
A classroom hint:
Use popsicle sticks in place of bone paper folders. Using a folding tool
against a ruler begin the fold and to compress folds makes all the difference
in creating a well-crafted book.
Books in the Curriculum:
We have done "artist's books" in AP portfolios, printmaking class, commercial
design class, and a simply bound "color book" in the Intro Art introduction to
color unit. You could also incorporate more sculptural books into a sculpture
Next year drawing and painting classes are going to do a collaborative unit
with language arts on visual/verbal communication and create books of visual
ilustrations of language arts students' writing and written communication of
the the content in student's art -- the unit will incorporate multiple cross
class critiques of students' writing and art. The end products will be
simply bound (probably phamplet style) books of visual illustrations of
students' writing, and conversly, written communications of the content of
student art. We'll see how it goes.