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Book & Paper Arts

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Mondays, Apr 22 - May 27 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-BOOK-0620
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $30


This hands-on papermaking course explores the ancient art of marbling paper, a method of suspending pigment/color in water, moving it around with a variety of techniques and tools, transferring it onto an absorbent surface and then drying. Students learn two methods: ink and water, and a more complex technique using a gel medium with pigment. They craft their own simple reusable tools such as combs, feathers and twigs that they drag through the water to create elaborate swirled patterns. They complete the process by experimenting with different types and weights of paper to test absorption, color saturation and durability. By the end of the course, students will have produced a collection of beautiful marbled paper that can be used for bookbinding, box making, wrapping and writing paper, cards and potentially wallpaper. Historical examples of marbling are shown and discussed for inspiration.

Schedule Update: The start and end dates for this course have changed since originally published. Class will now meet April 22-May 27.

Applies to: PS-E

  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
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Saturdays, Apr 27 - May 18 | 9am-12pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CHILD-1987
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $230 | lab fee $10


Express yourself by creating your very own photo journal. On the first day, you'll learn a range of photo techniques, including essential skills like framing and composition, lighting, choosing subject matter and creating optical illusions using point of view and depth of field. On the second day, you'll check out different formats of photo journals and then construct a special handmade book to display your photos.

  • Name: Cheryl Johnson (Bio)
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Monday - Friday, Jun 17 - 21 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | Tillinghast Place | 2019/SE-CAMP-0873
5 sessions | 35 contact hours | tuition $515 | lab fee $20


RISD's bayside Tillinghast Place is an art oasis, a place where creativity soars as young artists experiment with image making through a variety of art materials including pencils, paint, cut paper and magical photographic processes. They then incorporate these techniques as they explore bookmaking techniques that take the form of flip books, comic strips and photographic books. Students create characters, record impressions and design pages as they build books to share with their classmates, family and friends.

  • Name: * Steven Hayes, Cheryl Johnson (Bio)
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