The following is from our friends at North Bennet Street School:
There are a couple of intensive study opportunities this summer for up and coming bookbinders and book conservators. You can find information about these classes, to be held at North Bennet Street School, at www.nbss.edu.
The first course is open to any and all and is an experimental class based on input from potential students. North Bennet Street School has previously held 3 month intensive workshops in the fall, but many people have requested a shorter course held outside of the academic year.
The second course listed below is designed specifically for book conservators, pre-program or practicing. This class requires permission from the instructor, Chela Metzger (see below).
Monday – Friday, June 25 – July 27, no class 7/4
8:30am – 4:30pm
Instructor: Stacie Dolin
This class is designed for individuals interested in an intensive, hands-on bookbinding experience and is suitable for book artists and novice binders wishing to learn or enhance fundamental bookbinding skills. This course also provides a solid foundation for individuals interested in the NBSS full-time bookbinding program. Explore a variety of book structures and binding techniques and the process for determining what materials and structures to use for a given project. The five-week program uses the school’s fully equipped bindery providing the opportunity to work on advanced topics and with a wide range of professional equipment (such as foil stamping presses) not available in most introductory courses. The class also covers studio techniques for those without access to a professional bindery. Field trips and other specific topics are part of the curriculum and will be based on student interests. The tuition includes a materials fee for paper, board, and other basic supplies; students are expected to provide some materials and all hand tools.
To secure a spot, a deposit and registration is recommended by June 1. Please read the intensive refund policy before signing up. www.nbss.edu.
Introduction to book structures for conservators
Monday – Thursday, July 19 – August 17, no class 7/4
9:00am – 4:00pm
Instructor: Chela Metzger
This class will have a few open slots by permission of the instructor. It is part of the Mellon Funded enhancements for the education of Library and Archives Conservators taking place at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, in collaboration with Simmons School of Library and Information Science and the North Bennet Street School.
This five-week class meets Monday – Thursday each week. Field trips are scheduled for some Fridays, otherwise Fridays are considered work days/open studio. The course is designed to further basic bookbinding bench skills and to explore historic book structures in the context of the conservation of books as historic artifacts.Readings, research on book structures and bookbinding history, and creating models of historic structures are the basis of the course. Class presentations, short essays and online publishing are required. The course is for students who are seriously interested in exploring conservation of books as cultural heritage, and could be used to help develop a portfolio for further work in library/archives conservation, or bookbinding study. Class size is limited. Application requirements include a short personal statement on the role of the class in your work, a phone conversation, and images showing three-dimensional studio work of some kind if possible. Students will need to supply their own hand tools, or purchases them at NBSS. For more information, please contact Chela Metzger firstname.lastname@example.org.