Honored to do this work….here are Teaching Artistry Highlights.
At a recent series of bookmaking workshops at Verdugo Hills High School, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) students in VAPA Art and English classes learned to make their own books which they then shared with others in the school library, in a singular exhibition and reading.
Thus we engaged visual, literary and performing/presentational art forms in a single four part series,.
“Be You”, an important message of the series.
Student artists set up their own books in the school library.
Then presented their works to an audience of other students, who had also participated in the program.
Some went up in pairs…(safety in numbers?),
While some braved it alone…
All expressed pride,
and absolute individuality.
I only wishg we had longer. It was incredibly fun, and gratifying to see these Visual Art and English students take off with the forms learned, and skills attained through the program.
Many thanks go out to Amanda Swann, VAPA Coordinator and theater educator, Amy Lesserman VAPA English class teacher, Tina Staley, Art teacher, and Lisa Cheby, school librarian, who worked closely with me to make this experience happen.
Kudos and gratitudes!
At a recent series of bookmaking workshops at Verdugo Hills High School, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) students in VAPA Art and English classes learned to make their own books which they then shared with others in the school library.
Below is a sampling of their stunning works…
The works speak for themselves, and were astonishing to see. With technical guidance, creative support and a bit of , students learned to create the versatile flag book structure, and then took off with it.
“We Right The Book” VI
Our project , “We Right the Book” was supported by an Artist in Residence grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. I worked with the students on a series of bookmaking projects during weekly workshops held right in the classroom from September – December, 2017.
The students’ completed book works were exhibited at the Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library on December 13, 2017.
Accordion fold books, flag books, tunnel books, scrolls, and side bound books…the results were stunning.
Below is a digital tour through the show.
Each student’s works were displayed together, except the scrolls, which were hung on the walls.
Students created extraordinary Tunnel Books with whimsical, innovative and imaginative use of materials.
They made Flag Books…with “Found” (collected from existing print media) Writing.
and Accordion Fold Books…
with elaborate pop-ups.
The students completed their final projects for the class in their side bound books…the theme: IDENTITY…Who they are…Where they want to go…How they see themselves.
A Junior VAPA English student peruses the side bound books. She looked at each and every one.
Fingers Crossed for next year’s Residency!
Thank you, LA DCA.
“We Right The Book” I
Our project is entitled, “We Right the Book“, and is supported by an Artist in residence grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. I am working with the students on a series of bookmaking projects during weekly workshops held right in the classroom from September – December, 2017. The students are also assisting with bookmaking workshops held for the community at-large in the Sunland-Tujunga Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.
The project is designed to offer participating students an outlet for feelings, thoughts, hopes and dreams related to their upcoming transition out of high school, and into the next epoch of their lives.
We started with the basics: Accordion Fold Books, created from folding equidistant sections of material. We used “bright tagboard” for the folded pages, and assorted posterboard and railroad board for the covers.
An industrious maker adds tiny butterflies to the cover of her book.
Tiny pieces of text work together to form the title…the piece is held closed with hemp cord.
Choosing a length of cord to enhance book.
Angelica layers materials into her folded page.
We have a wonderful group of boys in the class…talented and detailed makers!
Two girls work together (upper left of image) making the most of materials, space and each other!
Working with letters, and seeing/absorbing their visual quality.
He is able to let others into his world through the book.
Now that we have learned the basics of accordion folding, it is time to move into the fun and versatile Flag Book structure!
Stay tuned for “We Right The Book” II