Book Arts

Summer 2017 quarter (Full Session)

Taught by

book arts, literature, creative writing

Book Arts is a program for artists, writers, and craftspersons—and anyone who loves books. Students will get to approach the book arts from different angles: as writers, digital designers, fine-printers, bookbinders, and artists.

FIRST SESSION:First, students will learn the basic skills of the fine craft of letterpress printing. Steeped in lore, letterpress printing is a fantastic skill for poets, writers, graphic designers, lovers of typography, book artists, artists, and printmakers. Drawing on Evergreen's huge collection of mid-century metal type, you will learn to design, hand-set, and print your own projects on Evergreen's Vandercook printing presses.  

At the same time, you will learn how to complete small scale or personal self-publishing projects (of book-length work). Working with professional design tools (Adobe InDesign and Photoshop), you'll design and submit for printing your own version of a copyright-free classic, your own work, or a class anthology. Opportunities for peer critique and discussion of the writing practice will nurture the writer in you. 

SECOND SESSION: Students enrolled in both sessions can continue to develop projects using the letterpress and/or digital design practices and integrate hand bookbinding and experimental book-arts techniques. Those entering in second session will combine writing or art practices with book arts to create conventional and experimental book projects. Everyone will learn the basics of the ancient and modern craft of hand bookbinding, including the adhesive-free methods of coptic and cord-binding and the more modern case-binding approach—along with a variety of creative techniques and creative exercises.

Readings will familiarize students with the history of books and the contemporary poetics of the book form; according to student interest, other readings will emphasize creative writing practice, graphic design, craft, and/or the arts—according to student interest.

Program Details

Fields of Study

aesthetics art history visual arts writing


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Tue/Wed/Thu 10a-3p

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

Special Expenses

Expect to spend up to $75 on tools, materials, misc. project expenses