Literary Arts: Discarded Books Become Art in the Classroom of UW Youth Summer Programs


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July 24, 2013

Evelyn Thompson, 12, a student in the UW Summer Youth Programs class on the book arts, shows off her creation, made of wire, papier-mâché and a worn book. The fringed oval shapes were inspired by whales, she said.Marie levin

Can a book be a sculpture? Of course, at UW Summer Youth Programs it’s all part of the creative process.

Each summer, UW Professional & Continuing Education brings creative approaches to art and science to students from elementary to high school. Classes range from programming computer games, animation, and robots to scriptwriting, architecture, and even the study of ancient civilizations and the science of earthquakes.

But in a Loew Hall classroom on Friday July 19, the focus was on the arts of the book. A two-week course called Book-Making Intensive: Design, Bind and Deconstruct ended with a series of games and fun.

The course, taught by Alisha Dall’Osto, introduced young learners to several types of book design and binding and ended with turning old tomes into art using papier mache and imagination.

Molly Knopf, 11, left, premiered "Flower," who was inspired by her love of flowers.  Right, 11-year-old Emma Wendel shows off her octopus-inspired artwork.

Molly Knopf, 11, left, created “Blossom”, inspired by her love of flowers. Right, 11-year-old Emma Wendel shows off her octopus-inspired artwork.Marie levin

The results of their exploration of literary art lined a table along a wall. There, beneath a hand-printed sign reading “Welcome to the UW Book Arts Gallery,” were books appearing to have been transformed: one appeared to have sprouted arms and another carried flowers on long stems appearing ready to go. shake. The pages of the other books had been cut and carefully fanned. One carried a meticulously carved scene of a miner working hard with a pickaxe.

Dall’Osto, an artist herself, said it was a pleasure to work with the students for so much uninterrupted time – three hours – each day, compared to the only hour a school art class allows. usually.

“I think we did a really advanced level job,” she said. “They really lived up to the occasion.”

UW Summer Youth Program classes run until mid-August.

Tag (s): ArtsUW • UW Professional and Continuing Education • UW Summer Programs


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