ART 280a3, Books Arts: History, Meaning and Form, is an experimental, first-of-its-kind book arts and history course this summer taught in the Art and Art History Department. The class takes place in the recently established Center for Artists’ Books and Inclusive Narratives (CABIN) space inside the CSU Chemistry Building. Co-taught by Librarian and Director of the Wold Resource Center, Anna Bernhard, and Associate Printmaking Professor, Johnny Plastini, the course explores the various professional and artistic practices associated with book arts creation. Open to art majors and non-art majors alike, students learn about paper and ink making, binding structures, letterpress printing, and engage in inclusive discussion around the history of book arts and its present day importance. Bernhard and Plastini created the course to encourage an interdisciplinary curriculum that promotes multi-sensorial communication and learning within the Art and Art History department and deepens connections with the larger Colorado book arts community. Read more about it over at SOURCE.

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