Instructor: prof. Patricia Silva MFA
Credit hours:
3--Contact hours: 90
Course number: 4930
Department: Printmaking and Book Arts
Prerequisite: No prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Description:
This course proposes a survey of the book from its earliest formats to the present. The course will focus on Western traditions of the book with special emphasis on the contributions of Italian artists and craftspeople. The class will be composed of theoretical lectures, slide presentations, demonstrations and hands-on experimentation. The hands-on component of this course will give students the opportunity to experience firsthand various techniques historically related to book production. Techniques which will be addressed include bookbinding, calligraphy, paper marbling, gilding and letterpress printing. Fieldtrips to local archives, libraries, museums and artisan workshops will be organized to help illustrate the multifaceted story of bookmaking. Students will be expected to take an active participation in class.
Meet the Faculty: Prof. Patricia Silva MFA
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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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