Exhibit – The Art of the Book

Art of the Book Students

The Art of the Book

Celebrates Winthrop’s 125th Birthday

Class of 2011

ARTH 453 & ARTS 481

Instructors

Dr. Laura Rinaldi Dufresne & Dr. Laura Gardner

Every two years Doctor’s Dufresne and Gardner team teach an interdisciplinary class on the history of the book and various book construction techniques.  On Tuesday, for example, the students might learn about Celtic Manuscripts, focusing on the Lindisfarne Gospel, and discuss a reading by the Venerable Bede.  On Thursday they will be taught how to make their own illuminated letter using gold leaf. Students study the history of as well as gain hands on experience with bookbinding, papermaking, folding and printing from the late antique period through the artists’ books of today.  The course culminates in an exhibition at Dacus.  The 2011 exhibition is distinct, however, as they were asked to focus on some aspect of Winthrop University in honor of the institution’s 125th birthday.  In the exhibition you will find everything from a flag book with photographs of Tillman to Tillman Hall etched on the copper cover of a distinctive book-necklace!  Other efforts include 11 things I learned about myself at Winthrop to the honoring of various departments such as German or Fine Arts in books or bookmarks.  Students are required to accompany each project with a description of their process and research.  Additionally, we tossed in examples of student work throughout the course for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure to stop by and enjoy the show, which will be up through the summer months.

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