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Lesson Plans

Re: Book Art

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Daniella Ramos Barroqueiro (barroque)
Thu, 28 Mar 1996 00:13:02 -0600


I would love to see the entire lesson sequence of "book arts". This is a
subject of personal interest to me as well as something my students are
already involved in. You mentioned marblizing, naturally dyed yarn,
handmade paper, and bookmaking itself;these are all projects that I have
done with my students this year, but separately,not in combination with
each other. Now,I am thinking about revisiting some of these lessons with
an elaborate bookmaking project. My students are EXTREMELY YOUNG, so this
is a much more amitious project than it appears to be. It would be very
time consuming, but I think the results may prove the time well spent.

I am beginning to investigate "art books" as a means of personal artistic
expression. Lately, I have been feeling disconnected from the studio
process. The only art I seem to be doing is early childhood level art
examples and demos. I NEED MORE than this. My exposure to art books is
limited. I thought it was a new thing but recently discovered they've been
around since the 70s. (I am not talking about "book arts" as you say, But
"art books" as "they" say. I am starting to sound goofy but I hope you
know what I'm talking about. If you don't, I will try to clarify. Anyway,
I am interested in seeing more contemporary art books that are out there. I
want to become more familiar with what they're all about, their various
formats, the way in which content is presented, etc. My biggest concern in
my own attempt to create this kind of art, is that I will fall into a trap
of being trite or cute or too obvious or literal in my message. I do not
want to create something that looks like a children's book or a
scrapbook... I should stop wondering about it and get to work and see what

If you have any suggestions or info about this area of art making on an
adult or child's level, please write!