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Studio Art, Printmaking & Fashion Design
Spring 2019 Semester CEA & SRISA Hybrid Florence

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History of the Book: A Hands-on Approach

History of the Book: A Hands-on Approach Course Overview

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CEA Partner Institution: Santa Reparata International School of Art
Location: Florence, Italy
Primary Subject Area: Art History
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 200
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45

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.

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