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Learn learn the fundamentals of page layout and design for working with both handmade and digital pages.
I am a graphic designer, illustrator, and book artist. I've kept visual and written journals my entire life. For over 25 years I have taught visual arts and bookbinding—sharing what is a key tool in my creative life.
About this Course
I’m a graphic designer, illustrator, and book artist. I've been teaching book arts and drawing for almost 30 years. Since 2011 I've been teaching popular online classes in book arts and drawing for Strathmore Artist Papers, Sketchbook Skool, and Roz Wound Up LLC.
By Design: The Intentional Page
Why Create This Class?
Students often ask me what steps they can take to immediately create more dynamic and visually interesting pages in their visual journals or printed pieces. They also want to know how to pull art out of their journals and use that art to create engaging printed projects. So 15 years ago I created a one-day workshop called By Design: The Intentional Page. Over the intervening years I have taught this class at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts to artists of all skill levels.
I'm pleased to announce that I can now offer this workshop online.
This self-guided class includes over 7 hours of video demos and instruction, which are packed full of examples from my work to help you grasp concepts immediately. I provide exercises and projects to help you hone your skills, and encourage you to experiment and explore the visual possibilities of the page.
In this class you’ll learn a vocabulary for understanding the printed page as well as the hand drawn page, and discover how the two inform each other. You’ll be introduced to the book structure and its component parts so that you can better understand not only how to manage those parts in print projects but also know how to deal with similar design elements in the handcrafted page.
Who Might Benefit from This Class?
1. People interested in improving the page layout in their visual journals.
2. People making one-of-a-kind artist’s books.
3. People anxious to bring their art out of their journal into printed projects such as printed journal facsimiles.
In fact anyone interested in the visual aspects of the page will enjoy benefits from this class. People of all artistic skill levels have taken my in-person workshop and all skill levels are welcome in the online version of this class. The concepts in this class will help you work with your art and book projects regardless of skill level.
Included in this class are two detailed segments from my popular 2011 Strathmore Visual Journaling class. These lessons cover composition and collage techniques that are essential for any book artist. These lessons are not available anywhere else.
Additionally there will an occasional live webinar which will be taped and become a permanent part of the class resources. These live webinars will be announced through the in-class notification system.
This is a self-guided class containing over 30 lessons that can be watched at your own pace. You can share your experiments with the class in a student gallery. And every Friday through November 2016 I will visit class to answer questions and ensure you’re on track.
I will also be compiling a Frequently Asked Questions PDF in the first few months of offering this online version of the class. This FAQ will include my answers to the class and be available for download as additional reference material.
After November 30 my participation will be limited to checking for questions a couple times a month. This is a self-guided class and only the first few months carry the teacher regular interaction. This class will not have a discounted price after Dec. 1, 2016. Students joining during the first few months enjoy teacher interaction for the same low price.
No special supplies are necessary for this class. You can work with supplies you already have to do all the exercises. I recommend that you keep a notebook for your notes, thumbnails sketches, and experiments.
Should you decide to work on a print project you don’t even need expensive design layout software—you simply need access to a photocopier.
Duration and Access to the Class
You have lifetime access to the classroom. (Please read the FAQ for questions.)
Rewatch the videos and review the projects over and over to deepen your understanding and your ability to implement the concepts in your work.
Why I'm Excited To Teach "By Design" Online
Design fundamentals are crucial for anyone working in a visual art form. Knowing the rules of design will help you make informed choices and also allow you to trust yourself to break the rules to bring your pages alive.
I’ve been passionate about books my entire life. I would like to share that passion with you to help you improve your visual journal and open the world of print to you.
Let’s do this.
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Cost: US$ 39.99