Artists' Books: Topics

Parsons School of Design: School of Art, Media, and Tech

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Artist's Books: Polymer Plate
Spring 2024
Taught By: Amber Braverman
Section: A

CRN: 14393

Credits: 3

The art of the book is about the communication of ideas and in the 21st Century we are looking at new ways to produce and create content. The course will explore different ways we can create imagery for the process of letterpress printing with Photopolymer plates. Photopolymer allows us to utilize 21st century sensibility with 19th Century equipment. Through this semester you will be exploring new ways to generate text and images and how to make simple but impactful book structures (zines and chapbooks). A zine (short for magazine or fanzine) is a self-published, small circulation creation that has traditionally embraced a “do it yourself” or DIY ethos. Chapbooks are short collections of writing traditionally bound in a pamphlet style. Because zines and chapbooks have served as mediums of communication in various subcultures throughout time, they hold significance both in the evolution of art and design as well as markers of popular culture and social opinion. In this class, we’ll begin framing students' own zine-making course-work by exploring the history of zines, visiting significant zine collections, and exploring the possibility of zine-making as a vehicle for community building. Throughout the semester, students will learn platemaking, bookbinding and paper folding techniques and make a set of zines/chapbooks on themes of their choice.

Open to: All university upper-level undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:14am EDT 6/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: 68 5th Ave
Room: 100
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/7/2024
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 5/14/2024 - 5/14/2024