COMMIT to SKETCHBOOKS
Instructor Brooke Frank, JCBA's current Salzberg Artist in Residence

 

Tuesday evening May 10, 2016
6 to 9 PM
Historic T6 Book & Paper Studio

TUITION:
$25 general public
$20 FAU faculty & staff and students from other institutions
$15 FAU students 

Sketchbooks are fundamentally for recording our questions, our responses, and our observations. They do not require the same filter we apply to the rest of our lives. This workshop is focused on helping participants understand their relationship to art-making, so naturally, it is formatted around conversation and a cozy sketchbook session. We will be drawing, writing, collaging, and talking throughout the workshop.

Participants will receive a handout with a number of questions about their practice, what they gain from it, who they make work for, what they do when things aren’t working out, and how they feel about their sketchbooks. These questions will be pasted or transcribed into their working sketchbook and worked through over the course of the session. Each question will be addressed with a group rapid-answer session, a timed silent-work period, and a group discussion, during which students may speak about their thoughts as they develop. We will discuss some very basic design principles and drawing exercises (for which zero talent is required), and try to resolve all of the pages and questions both aesthetically and intellectually. An emphasis will be placed on being willing to take risks, to make something ugly, and to let plans and ideas change. The intention is to develop content and meaning through the process of making art, rather than to treat art-making as a means to an end product.

You will be asked to react aesthetically, emotionally, and intellectually, and to think of one way in which the work is personal and one way in which the work relates to other people, on any scale. You will very likely be unsatisfied to some degree at some point, but this workshop is intended to guide you toward making something positive from each seemingly unsalvageable situation.

You will give attention to both aesthetics and content, but you are expected to honestly pursue your intentions in both realms. Not every student has fine-art intentions, and that is entirely welcomed. There is as much depth in one student’s relationship to the niece/daughter/spouse to whom they usually give their work, as there is in another student’s journey to develop their own artistic vision and intentions. You may or may not arrive with an intention to explore a specific topic, but if you do, it will find its way in. If you do not, you will find one. You will be encouraged to tear out and mail anything you still hate to a friend, loved one, or enemy.

REGISTRATION
Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops.  Email JCBA Director John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu. Sending your email will begin the registration process.

CINDY BARTOSEK SCHOLARSHIP
One seat in this workshop is available to an FAU student at no cost thanks to JCBA Book Arts Enthusiast Cindy Bartosek, who has funded student participation in our workshops with a generous gift to the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. To be considered for this seat, you must be a current FAU student and send an email to jcutrone@fau.edu explaining what it would mean to you to have the opportunity to take this workshop.


BOOK ARTS 101: Midsummer Night's Dream
Instructor John Cutrone

 

Saturday afternoon June 18, 2016
1:00pm to 4:30 PM
Class limit: 18

Tuition Schedule: Self-determined (your tuition is a donation to JCBA; please be generous)

St. John's Day is June 24, and Midsummer Night falls the evening before. These are old celebrations based on the timing of the summer solstice and the longest days of the year, a time traditionally thought of as more magical than ordinary time, and there will be plenty of magic in the air as we transform you into a book artist in this three and a half hour introductory immersion in the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. We’ll begin with a screening of a brief video about JCBA and the amazing collection of artists' books that is at its core. We’ll follow this with an in-depth viewing of some of the artists’ books in the collection––books that will entertain, inspire, and astound. And in celebration of Midsummer Night, we'll be sure to bring a few appropriately warm and summery (and perhaps otherworldly) books into the mix. Expect a little summertime story or two, as well, from the instructor's cache of Convivio Dispatches from Lake Worth.

Afterwards, we’ll move on to the JCBA Letterpress Studio, where each participant will print a sheet of paper from type set by hand out of JCBA's collection of historic wood type. These sheets will be the covers for the books we’ll make, a brief history of the book arts that we’ll bind by hand in the Single Signature Pamphlet stitch, a simple bookbinding technique that you can use again and again in your own book projects. You’ll go home with a book you made yourself––one that you can read as sleep calls later that night, as you reflect on the new outlook on books (and maybe even life) that you’ve found earlier in the day at JCBA. “For there is great joy in knowing how to do things.” All levels.

Instructor
John Cutrone is director of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. He is a graduate of the MFA in the Book Arts Program a the University of Alabama. Aside from his work at JCBA, he is also a writer and a partner in Lake Worth's Convivio Bookworks, a book arts studio specializing in limited edition letterpress printed books and broadsides. (www.conviviobookworks.com)

Registration
Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu. Sending your email will begin the registration process.


Quick & Dirty, Sewn & Hardcovered
Instructor Terrence Chouinard

 

Saturday May 28, 2016
9 AM to 4 PM
JCBA Bindery 350C

Tuition Schedule: $120 general public / $110 FAU faculty & staff, students from other institutions / $100 FAU students

Instructor Terrence Chouinard has a long bio but it's well worth reading if you like books and the book arts. He grew up in Gary, Indiana, before moving to Memphis, Washington D.C., Tuscaloosa, Ithaca, and Athens (Alabama, that is). He has worked at Pyramid Atlantic, the Corcoran College of Art & Design, and the Library of Congress. In June of 1999 he joined the Rare Book School staff as printer-in-residence and was awarded their first William Reese Fellowship in American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas. In 2000 Chouinard received his MFA with dual emphases in printing & binding from the Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama.

He founded his private imprint the Wing & the Wheel Press while an undergraduate at the Memphis College of Arts in 1990. Items published by the Wing & the Wheel are represented in the collections at Wellesley College's Margaret Clapp Library; the Copley Library; the Library of the National Gallery of Art; and here at the Jaffe Collection.

In 2000 he was appointed the second Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts at Wells College in Aurora, New York, where in his first year he was instrumental in creating a Minor in the Book Arts. In 2004 he organized the extraordinarily successful international book arts symposium "Matter & Spirit," which featured the work of presenters such as Donald Glaister, Suzanne Moore, Vincent Fitzgerald, Daniel Kelm, Mark Dimunation, and Donald Jackson as its keynote speaker.

In 2002 Chouinard became the Director of the Wells Book Arts Center, where he dedicated himself to teaching, printing at one of the nation's premier undergraduate book arts programs. A member of the Grolier Club and a former trustee of the American Printing History Association, Chouinard retired as Director of the Wells Book Arts Center in 2008 to establish his own freelance design & fine printing business, the Ithaca Typothetae.

During his eight years in New York he worked as a typecaster, compositor, pressman, proofreader and webmaster for his heroes Michael & Winifred Bixler at their press & letterfoundry in Skaneateles, where he learned everything about casting type and printing fine books that they didn't teach in graduate school.

He now lives & works in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where when he's not designing or printing books, he's thinking about designing or printing books. In-between press runs he is currently developing an online bibliography of the educator & printing historian Alexander S. Lawson (www.lawsonarchive.com).

Mostly, though, he's James & Eloise's dad.

Registration:
Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu. Sending your email will begin the registration process.

Cindy Bartosek Scholarship for FAU Students
One seat in this workshop is available to an FAU student for the cost of materials ($10) thanks to JCBA Book Arts Enthusiast Cindy Bartosek, who has funded student participation in our workshops with a generous gift to the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. To be considered for this seat, you must be a current FAU student and send an email to jcutrone@fau.edu explaining what it would mean to you to have the opportunity to take this workshop. Applications for this opportunity will be accepted through February 8, 2016.

Current Workshops

Commit to Sketchbooks

Spring 2016

BOOK ARTS 101: Midsummer Night's Dream

Spring 2016

Quick & Dirty,
Sewn & Hardcovered

Spring 2016