Education Summer Institute
Intensive workshops by visiting artists focused on skills and concepts that will have lasting effects on practice and thinking
May 29-June 2, M-F, 9:30am-5:30pm
The desire to make books with photographic content is as old as photography itself. The accessibility of digital printing, from the inkjet in your studio to the Indigo of online publishers, is fulfilling this desire for contemporary photographers. But how to make a unique product tailored to the physical and conceptual needs of your images?
This workshop employs the basic tools and techniques of hand bookbinding to answer that question. We will make a series of unique book structures that accommodate single sheets, folded folios and gathered sections, while exploring the materials of traditional book making. Strategies for repurposing pre-bound print-on-demand projects will be introduced. We will also construct a two-tray drop-spine Solander style box which can be used for storing prints, protecting a fine binding or packaging samples made in the workshop.
The class will focus primarily on physical considerations of the book, but participants are welcome to bring work in progress or ideas for books. Some time will be devoted to discussing how binding structures and layout strategies literally as well as figuratively support image display.
June 5-9, M-F, 9:30am-5:30pm
This workshop will cover the fundamentals of the screen-printing process: image preparation, coating and burning photosensitive screens, and printing on different substrates. Consideration will be given to printing for make multiples and different methodologies for using printmaking to produce immersive installation environments. The course project will be to produce a full print installation at VSW by the week’s end.
June 12-16, M-F, 9:30am-5:30pm
Professional Practice for the MFA prepares students with or obtaining a Master of Fine Arts degree for their professional lives beyond graduate school. Students will gain practical knowledge and experience to enter the professional environment of being an artist and arts professional. Through presentations, guest lectures, readings, and a variety of exercises, participants will engage in the process of learning and practicing professionalism, promotion, and contributing to the field on a professional level. The workshop will cover developing a CV, teaching packets for applying for university-level positions, writing artist statements, personal promotional materials, and other aspects of post-MFA life.
June 26–30, M–F, 9:30am–5:30pm
This course will approach the making of 16mm film as a sculptural process, considering film as a material that is expressed in light, motion, and time. Using a hands-on approach, we will work with a variety of materials to paint, scratch, print, design, and project moving images. Students will work with existing “found” footage as well as create their own 16mm black and white films. We will think about film as a language and poetry in movement, using film and the decapitation of film to reconstitute the format through the most unconventional ways.
Workshops are $550, $525 for VSW members. Register before May 1st for early bird discount: $500/$475 VSW members.
Binding Digital Bookworks is $250, $225 for VSW members, Early bird registration is $225, $200 VSW members.
Register online or call 585 442-8676.
Workshops can be taken for 3 undergraduate credit hours or 2 Graduate credit hours. Register through the College at Brockport for credit: www.brockport.edu/ssp/summer/ or call 585 395-2900.