Know When to Fold ‘Em workshop at Studio Place Arts – Day 2
Last night was day two of my 3-session workshop, Know When to Fold ‘Em, at Studio Place Arts. The class focuses on the versatility of the accordion book – while the basic folded form is easy and quick to produce, it can be adapted into more complex and creative books.
Class participants are creating four books: a basic accordion book, a panel book, a flexagon, and a flag book. In addition, the structures will incorporate the artist trading cards that will be created during the workshop.
My class includes five wonderful, creative, and motivated women – just how I like it. They are really keeping me on my toes. Also how I like it. 🙂
In the past two classes, everyone completed the basic book structures. The next session will focus on content.
While I feel comfortable teaching bookbinding techniques, I’m struggling a bit with the content part. I think the art therapist in me is forcing me to be less directive – my stance is “All art is okay. Process is important as product.” I don’t think that type of approach is translating in the workshop setting and that more structure is needed.
I’m going to think more about how the different book structures can (and should) influence the content. I’ll also bring in more books for inspiration and technique ideas. I’ll think I’ll start the next class with a general discussion on creating content.
This is the first time I’ve taught this workshop and I appreciate that it takes place over three weeks. It gives me the opportunity to change the class in response to participant needs. It’s like a class is a living being and you can’t completely control how it grows.
I’m really enjoying being part of the evolution.