ONLINE COURSE: Altered Books
Day: Tuesday 6 classes
Start/End: Sept 22 – Oct 27
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Cost: M $125 NM $140
Instructor: Stephanie Vegh
Join Hamilton-based artist Stephanie Vegh to learn how existing books can be the starting point for creating unique works of art. In this course, you will learn about the structure of books, and how these structures can be disrupted or modified to change their nature as objects. Learn how to use book pages as surfaces for drawing and painting, techniques for erasing and altering text, to make new meaning, and radically alter books as objects through cutting, gluing, and stacking. Over the last two classes, you will combine these techniques to create a final altered book project of your own.
About the Instructor: Stephanie Vegh is a Canadian visual artist, writer and curator who obtained her Combined Honours BA in Art and Comparative Literature from McMaster University before studying her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art. She has since served as Artist-in-Residence at the Repton School in Derbyshire, England and written essays and reviews for various galleries and publications in the United Kingdom and Canada. Since returning to Hamilton in 2007, her drawings have been included in group and solo exhibitions in Glasgow, Leeds, Hamilton, Toronto, Kitchener and Winnipeg. She is a three-time recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Project Grant for Visual Artists.
Please note: If courses are purchased at member price, and membership is not active, you will be charged for the membership.
About Online Courses: Virtual fall courses will be delivered via ZOOM. Prior to the course session, you will receive an invitation for the session(s) via email. You’ll need a laptop, desktop or tablet, internet connection with good bandwidth and a headset (either wired or wireless) if possible. We recommend that you set up a free ZOOM account and be familiar with ZOOM prior to the class beginning. Here is a link to help you get started: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
Materials: Students are responsible for sourcing their own materials for online courses. For Altered Books, it is suggested that you gather the following:
• Found books – a variety of sizes and types; look for signature bindings, mix of hardcover and paperback, use of illustrations, at least one cheap trade paperback novel
• Cutting mat
• X-Acto knife handle with #11 and #16 blades
• Cork-backed metal ruler, 12” minimum
• White eraser in pen-type holder
• Fine sandpaper
• HB pencil and coloured pencils
• Gouache in white and primary colours
• India ink
• Small paint brushes
• Crow’s quill pen
• Sharpie marker
• Reusable paint palette
• Glue stick
• White glue (archival if available)
• Bookbinding thread and needle
• Bookbinding awl (optional)
• Chalk pastels (optional)
• Watercolour palette (optional)
• Calligraphy pen/nibs (optional)
Image: Stephanie Vegh, The Raid, ink and watercolour pencil on found book, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist.