Instructor: prof. Patricia Silva MFA
Credit hours:
3--Contact hours: 90
Course number: ART 455
Department: Printmaking and Book Arts
Prerequisite: No prerequisites are required for this course, however, attention to detail and good craftsmanship is a plus.

This intensive hands-on course will introduce students to the art of printmaking in relation to the creation of bookworks. Students will learn both printmaking and hand-bookmaking techniques which will culminate in the creation of original finished bookworks. Printmaking techniques we will explore include (though may not be limited to) linoleum relief, drypoint, monotype and letterpress printing. Students will incorporate these techniques to create, at least, four to five individual and/or group books or editions. Book structures such as pamphlet stitch, accordion fold, longstitch, hinged album and japanese stab bindings will be introduced and students will incorporate their printworks into these diverse book forms. Layout, pacing and narrative will also be discussed. Group and individual critiques will take place throughout the semester.

The course fee will cover the cost of communal supplies (bookbinding tools, threads, inks, solvents, etc). Supplies not included in the Course Fee will be purchased by the student as needed. These include, but may not be limited to:
-printmaking papers
-book paper
-decorative papers (optional)
-book cloth
-book board
You will be given a Resource list of places where you may purchase materials. You can expect to spend a minimum (approximately) of Euro 80-100 for the class in addition to the course fee.
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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