The Art of the Book: Medieval Meets Modern

Dr. Laura Rinaldi Dufresne,
Dr. Laura Gardner
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This workshop is designed to encourage collaboration among those involved in education and publishing on the book arts. Dr. Dufresne and Gardner will share techniques for teaching The Art of the Book with a short power-point presentation followed by a studio book making activity. The power point will communicate the approach they have developed for their team taught course. For example, one day Dufresne lectures on the Japanese Tale of Genji and the next day Gardner leads a studio activity on paper making. For the Conference on Books workshop they will present their take on the Conference theme "Save, Change and Discard" with a session combining a power point on the early European codex with a studio session on Coptic stitching. The “Change” involves working with “Discarded” materials. Every participant will leave the session with a handmade book of their own making. Get back to the basics of bookmaking! It will inspire creative innovations for participants in a all aspects of the book arts from writing to publishing.

Keywords: Codex, Art, Recycled, Workshop, Power-Point, Teaching, Book, History, Practice, Engage, Inspiration, Learn
Stream: Books, Writing and Reading
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: , Teaching Book Arts

Dr. Laura Rinaldi Dufresne

Professor & Coordinator of Art History, Art & Design, Winthrop University
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA

Laura Rinaldi Dufresne is currently in her 18th year of teaching art history at Winthrop University. She earned her doctorate from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1989. Her research includes medieval manuscripts and women’s’ studies as well as ceramics, costume and textile history. Dufresne has published on the illuminated manuscripts of Christine de Pizan, pedagogy and sculpture in Dress: History of Historic Costume; Women’s Studies, Transformations, Ceramics Art and Perception and Women’s Art Journal. She is active in the arts integration movement in public schools via the Arts in the Basic Curriculum program in South Carolina, fosters dogs for the Animal Adoption League and has received a variety of grants and awards for academic and public service. She teaches The Art of the Book bi-annually, constantly adapting the course to accommodate student’s needs. Once strictly a lecture course on medieval manuscripts, the course evolved into a study of the book through time, now including the modern artist book and eBook. Recently she has collaborated with art educator and book artist Laura Gardner to add studio sessions to the course including paper making, book binding, illuminated letters, printmaking, typesetting, computer software and more.

Dr. Laura Gardner

Coordinator of Master of the Arts in Arts Administration, Assistant Professor of Art Education, Art & Design, Winthrop University
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Laura Gardner has been teaching art education at Winthrop University for ten years, and co-founded and Coordinates the Masters of Arts in Arts Administration Program in 2002. She earned her Masters degree from Bank Street College of Education/Parsons School of Design in New York, NY, and will be awarded her doctorate in Art Education from Union College in Cincinnati Ohio in September of 2007. She is a practicing artist and has worked as a book maker, fiber artist, designer, printer maker and painter in New York and the Carolinas. Her interests include the philosophy of education, book arts, progressive arts education, design, service learning, bricolage and narrative. She has received grants and awards in the areas of pedagogy, service learning and arts education and has exhibited her artist’s books regionally. As an artist, student teacher supervisor and Graduate Degree Administrator, she is experienced in all levels of arts education, both public and private, from elementary school through the university and beyond to the community at large.

Ref: B07P0010