Instructor: Patricia Silva BFA
Credit hours:
3--Contact hours: 90
Course number: ART 455
Department: Printmaking and Book Arts
Prerequisite: none

Course Description:
This intensive course will introduce students to the traditions and methods of the handmade book, as well as the expressive possibilities available with book making. The course will begin with simple foundational structures such as pamphlet-stitched and accordion-style books and progress through more complex historical structures such as books sewn on supports, long-stitch and Coptic bindings. Exploration with materials is encouraged and students can combine other media that they are familiar with (such as photography, drawing, printmaking, painting, etc.) in creating their book-works. The course will include an introduction to alternative photo processes such as Cyano type. Additionally, students will be introduced to ornamental and decorative techniques which will be applied to their projects such as marbling, gold leafing and wood and leather work. These techniques are supplemented by research conducted on ancient manuscripts studying calligraphy, illuminated manuscripts, ancient binding structures, and typographic research. Selected fieldtrips will be organized to visit contemporary artists (bookbinders, papermakers) in their studios as well as visits to museums and institutions in the area which maintain collections relevant to the art of the book. Slide presentations, sample works and lectures, will give an overview of the history of the book and its development in Western art. To help expand upon their visual resources many classes will be off-site drawing, painting, and photographing some of the many well-known and lesser-known sites in Florence.  This will include visits to museums and institutions in the area that maintain collections relevant to the art of the book. 
Meet the Faculty: Prof. Patricia Silva BFA
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Patricia Silva received a BFA in Art History/Studio Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and a MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has also studied at the Centro del Bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland.


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