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What is an artist’s book? And why are they made?

An artist’s book explores the interplay of form, text and image. While an artist’s book can be a work of art in book form, it can also challenge that form. Discover the wonder of these unique objects in this hands-on workshop for Secondary and FE students. Led by art specialists, students will create their own artist book to take back to the classroom.

In the first part of the workshop, students will be introduced to the British Library’s unique collection of books created by women artists on display in the Treasures of the British Library gallery. Developing critical and reflective thinking and visual literacy skills, they will look at how artists have used experimentation and imagination to break the mould of the traditional book form.

The second half of the workshop will see students take part in practical exploration, developing and making their own artist book. They will experiment with a range of art and design techniques including paper construction, embossing, printing and collage.

This workshop will support students in developing skills for – and creating content for – their own coursework or portfolio.

Key info

Suitable for: KS3, KS4, KS5

Age Groups: 11-14, 14-16, Post 16

Subjects: Art & Design

Topics: Collage, Critical Thinking, Mindfulness, Patterns, Printing Embossing, Storytelling, Team Building, Visual Literacy, Well-being

Type: At Venue

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: Free

Dates: Wed & Thu: 10:30-12:00 or 13:00-14:30

Min. Group Size: 10 (no minimum number for SEN groups)

Max. Group Size: 30

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

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