Bookmaking Basics

Discover the tactile and sensory world of artist books in this course, where you’ll explore historical and contemporary perspectives. Gain hands-on experience with bookbinding techniques to enhance your sketchbooks, portfolios, and journals, perfect for both personal and classroom use.

1 Credits|3 Weeks|$425

“Unlike artwork on walls or pedestals, you can touch, handle, smell, and even, in the swish of their pages and the clop of their covers, hear many artists’ books” (Burkhart, 2006, p. 262). In this course, students will have an opportunity to peek into the historical and contemporary perspectives around artist books and gain hands-on experience with learning structures and bindings appropriate for K-12 practical application.

Students will discover how these techniques can enhance their sketchbooks, portfolios, and journals, becoming adept at presenting their work in captivating and professional formats. Whether aspiring artists seeking to showcase their creations or educators looking to enrich their classroom curriculum, this course serves as an ideal platform for acquiring essential bookbinding skills and fostering creativity.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.

Required Materials

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video input and output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)


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