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2011 Dubuque Book Arts Courses - Proposed

by Peter Fraterdeus last modified 2011-03-31 21:44

New class offerings from Dubuque Book Arts and Galena Design Center

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Throughout the year:
Typography for Artists and Others  - Peter Fraterdeus and Kristine Jubeck (Weds evenings 7-9 once a month)
    Learn to arrange language and information based on typographic contrast, form, color and structural principles. Use common word processing and simple page layout programs and their stylesheets. For artists, administrators and anyone needing a better sense of how to use visual language to write grants, design logos, flyers, posters and signs, and even make better websites.

May-June Dates to be determined.
Non-Adhesive Bindings and Plein Aire Drawing: A weekend workshop (Saturday & Sunday 11-5) combining
    Making Books without Glue - Peter Fraterdeus
    Learn to make your own Journal or Sketchbook with a simple non-adhesive binding based on 13th Century book structures
    Drawing the River - Alice McMahon
    Take your new sketchbook out to the Mississippi bluffs for a day of drawing (picnic lunch)

Get out of the house with a brand new sketchbook!

Two-day workshop at Slow Print Letterpress Studio (Dubuque)

Non-Adhesive Bindings are modern adaptations of millennium-old techniques to transform loose sheets of paper into lovely, high-touch books with nothing but needle, thread and a sharp knife. No glues or adhesives needed!

We'll produce three book types, simple pamphlet style, single-sheet accordion, and  multiple-signature sewn onto a folded cover.

The first day is focused on exploring the many possible structures of the book; folding, tearing, cutting and sewing papers, and finally creating a finished sketchbook from large sheets of fine art drawing paper. The binding section is taught by Slow Print founder Peter Fraterdeus.

Our second day will be in the countryside along the beautiful bluffs of the Mississippi River near Dubuque, for a day of sketching with charcoal and pencil with your new sketchbooks! Alice McMahon, an internationally known painter and charcoal artist, will provide critique and pointers on technique.

June - July
Calligraphic Adventures with Peter Fraterdeus - (Two Saturdays 11-5)
    Beginners through advanced calligraphers welcome as we play with the tools that humans have created to write and draw letters. Inks, watercolors, brushes, quills, steel, felt and roller pens-everybody out of the toolbox! We'll work with different types of paper, and learn how to see letters in a whole new way. Get away from the computer and feel the scratch of a real quill on handmade paper!

August-September
Wood Type Wonderland  - Peter Fraterdeus and Kristine Jubeck - (Saturday & Sunday 11-5)
    Join Peter and Kristine for an adventure in Wood Type on the Vandercook 219 Cylinder press. Extremely limited enrollment, this class at Slow Print Letterpress will be offered to a maximum of four students at a time. We will learn to design in real time with Slow Print's collection of antique wood type, and investigate the graphical and linguistic power of these wonderful old letterforms. Get away from the computer and smell the ink!


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