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Art Around Books Workshops
Summer/Fall 2023

In-Person Workshops taught by Michele Burgess at Art Around Books in Bellows Falls, VT.
No prior experience necessary!

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You can also Venmo us @Brighton-Press.
Please inquire about scholarships or paying over time. Scholarships for the workshops have been generously supported by the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) "Artists Making a Difference".

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Introduction to
Hand Bookbinding

Four Sessions, One workshop per month
Sundays, 1pm – 5pm
Each session will focus on one structure or style that can be completed in one session, using a variety of materials.
Cost: $150.00 per session, including materials.
$550 for all four classes.

Bookbinding Materials

All materials will be provided. If you have any of the following tools, please bring them along:

•    12” ruler
•    45/90 triangle (4” and somewhere between 6”- 12”)
•    A flat acrylic paint brush 1/2” – 1”
•    A bookbinder’s awl or pottery needle
•    Decorative paper of choice (should be able to be folded comfortably)
•    Pencil and notebook
•    Bonefolder
•    X-Acto-style knife (preferably with a snap-off blade)


Drawing Fundamentals Workshop

Five consecutive Wednesdays
July 12, 19, 26, August 2 and 9
6:30 – 9pm
Cost: $450 for all 5 classes. Materials included.

About the Course

Drawing is a skill, much like reading.
It requires:
•    Learning a new visual language
•    The development of visual sensitivity
•    Establishing communication between the eye, the mind's eye, and the hand
•    Training the mind not to oversimplify what it sees

Start where you are and build from there!
Participants taking this course will develop an understanding of the perceptual skills needed to see as an artist sees, helping them to cross the bridge between seeing and transforming.

By the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate the skills necessary to communicate visual ideas using a variety of drawing media and techniques. I strive to foster an atmosphere of quiet focus, occasional surprise, and an appreciation of each person’s individuality.

Courage to explore new, challenging, or unfamiliar ideas; Curiosity, and Motivation to learn, breaking old habits or building on them.

Class Topics:

Class #1: Line as a universal language; Perception—mind’s eye and heart to hand; Contour and cross-contour drawing; Expression and Description
Class #2: Charcoal modeling to convey weight and volume; Gesture
Class #3: Proportion—a right brain approach
Class #4: Spatial illusion (perspective); Gradients
Class #5: Light and shade; Ways to use light in a composition; White on black/Black on white


Drawing Materials

If you already have any of these tools, please bring them. If you’d like to purchase some or all of them, let me know and I’ll share a link to my shopping list with Dick Blick Art supplies, however, I have materials to share if you’d rather not purchase anything at this time.

•    White drawing paper 11” x 14” or larger
•    Newsprint pad 11” x 14” or larger
•    Alphacolor charcoal sticks or
•    Paper wrapped charcoal pencil (Prang or General’s)
•    White pencil
•    Black Sharpie marker (extra fine tip)
•    Drawing pencils—2B, 6B, H
•    Black or brown drawing ink
•    2 small jars with lids
•    Gray kneaded eraser
•    White vinyl eraser
•    12" ruler
•    Scissors
•    Bamboo reed pen or sharpened stick
•    Drawing board with clips

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