Saturday, May 2, 2015 I will begin teaching an online bookbinding class: The Simple Round Back Spine. US$99.00
Readers of the blog will have seen blog posts about local in-person sessions of this class. Students unable to travel to the Twin Cities area will now be able to join me in making this structure through this online class.
You can read about the class on this page of my blog.
This information page also contains a downloadable PDF supply list.
Right: Examples of the type of book we will make in class. Our book will be 6-1/8 x 8-1/4 inches and will have a recessed and flush-with-the-cover label on the front cover. I will discuss other label options in class. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
Who Should Take this Class?
Whether you are a first time bookbinder or an experienced binder looking to make a faster yet still elegant book structure perfect for visual journaling, this class will have the information you need. There are 30 short videos which cover every step of the binding process from tearing paper, sewing the signatures, making the case, and completing the book. You do not need expensive book presses and antique equipment to complete this course. I show you how to adapt traditional methods.
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Once registration opens, registered students will be sent a welcome/confirmation note to confirm their payment has been processed. Students will also receive a reminder when the classroom opens on May 2. Additional reminders for classroom activities will also follow during the first 4 weeks of class.
What activities? There will be a weekly webinar within the class, on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m. CDT; Friday, May 15 at 9 p.m. CDT; Saturday, May 23 at 1 p.m. CDT; and Friday, May 29 at 9 p.m. CDT. If you happen to be in a time zone where you can't join in, don't worry, the event will be taped and made available to the entire class.
I'm very excited about this feature. It will add an additional element of online student/teacher interaction. Interaction with students is why I enjoy teaching. I love explaining things—and I always learn something from my students as well.
In this class students will have the opportunity to post their books (either finished or in progress) while inside the classroom. They will be able to ask me questions through the in-class message board, but we will also be able to discuss questions during those webinars. Since the webinars will be taped you can watch them again and again if you wish to review the material.
I hope that you will join me for this fun adventure in online bookbinding. (The class will be offered again at a later date—but the elements of the class may vary depending on this inaugural run.)
In addition to this bookbinding class, I have already begun shooting video for five more bookbinding classes. Each class features a different structure I have found most useful for visual journaling and mixed media in the field and in the studio. Each class introduces you to new papers and different ways to adapt the structures to meet your needs for a customized visual journal. These bookbinding classes will be released over the next 2 or more years, depending on student interest.
Combination classes featuring the binding of a book and the introduction of various journaling techniques are also in the works. Short technique classes will appear on my course list.
And of course, since so many of you have asked for them, there will be classes in drawing and painting. Scheduled for July, just in time for the Minnesota State Fair, I'll offer a "Drawing Animals in Public" class. (We shot footage for the class at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair and other venues.) Depending on scheduling issues other drawing and painting classes may air before or after that class.
I'm very excited to share with you the techniques I use in a more expanded view than is possible in a written blog. Not only will each class contain detailed specifics about the materials I use and why, they will also contain several demonstrations. You will be able to look over my shoulder as I work.
I hope you are as excited about this new venture as I am. I have been teaching art and bookbinding for over 25 years in person. I bring that expertise and enthusiasm to online classes. I look forward to working with you to help you build a creative life.