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Egyptian-Inspired Sewn Book

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore the evolution of one of the oldest styles of books ever discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt by experimenting with a range of methods using recycled paper bags to create their own modernized version of a sewn book.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will deconstruct recycled paper bags to form text blocks.

Students will demonstrate precision and quality craftsmanship in the creation of a modernized ancient book.

Students will reflect on the history and use of books.

Students will write a statement about their binding experience as well as the intended use of their book.

Teaching Strategies

  • Present the history of Nag Hammadi.
  • Demonstrate how to construct the Nag Hammadi book.
  • Assist students with safe practices as they create their books.
  • Prompt students to reflect on the use of their books versus the historic purpose.

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National Standards


Create

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and Contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

VA:Cr1.2.IIIa

Reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art or design considering relevant traditional and contemporary criteria as well as personal artistic vision.

VA:Cr3.1.IIIa

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

40 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Leather 12x20”
  • Paper bags cut to 10x13”
  • Pencils, rulers, & scissors
  • Heavy duty awls & X-ACTO knives
  • Bone folders
  • Heavy books or bricks
  • Clamps, pliers, & hammers
  • Scrap wood

National Standards


Create

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and Contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

VA:Cr1.2.IIIa

Reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art or design considering relevant traditional and contemporary criteria as well as personal artistic vision.

VA:Cr3.1.IIIa

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Steps

Prepare Text Block & Leather

Cut paper bags to form text block. Fold in half. Put under a heavy weight overnight. Trim two ⅛” strips & two ½” strips from the leather. Trim the remaining height of leather a ¼” taller than the text block.

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Instructional Materials

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History of Nag Hammadi

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Bookbinding Vocabulary

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Reflection

Bookmaking Reflection Sheet

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