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[BKARTS] UCLA: The Book as Art

Announcing a 12-week UCLA Extension class taught by Kitty Maryatt from September 27 to December 13, 2005:

The Book as Art: Concept, Development, and Execution

A conventional book is a complex, movable, information package; an artist’s book is all that and more: a self-conscious interaction with the concept and structure of the book. In this class you will learn how and when and why a book is art, develop an understanding of book art, and make artist’s books that resonate with that understanding.

There will be an overview of the current book art scene with targeted readings to help you to grasp the reach of this vast, popular field. There will be hands-on work and continual discussions on the aesthetics of artist’s books. First we will conceive and develop a book project together in order to face as a team the twenty major decisions involved in making an artist’s book. The textual structure, visual structure and binding structure of an artist’s book are interrelated and will be carefully explored. Production methods will be thoroughly discussed and demonstrated. The creation of a budget and final marketing and distribution of the book are integral to the process.

With your decisions list as an infrastructure, your next goal will be to select from several genres of book art to concentrate on your individual project, which might be either a one-of-a-kind or multiples. There will be ongoing presentations and critiques as you develop your ideas. You will come out of this class with a greater appreciation of book art and with a deeper understanding of what it takes to create any work of art.

Recommended prerequisite: Handmade Book Structures

Biography: Kitty Maryatt, MFA, is Assistant Professor of Art at Scripps College and Director of the Scripps College Press in Claremont, CA. She has developed 38 limited edition artist’s books with her students at Scripps College Press in the past 19 years. She creates book art and accepts clients with bookish needs at her studio, Two Hands Press, in Woodland Hills.

The class will meet on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 at the UCLA Westwood campus. Course number is X479.79E and is an elective in the graphic design curriculum. Cost of the class is $490. Contact UCLA Extension at (310) 206-1422 or Kitty Maryatt at TwoHandsPress@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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