Teaching the Arts of the Book
For over twenty years, Walter Feldman has taught the arts of bookmaking to Brown
University students in his Arts of the Book course, in the Department of Visual
Arts. Over 300 examples of student work have been deposited in the collections
of the John Hay Library. The work features papermaking and pulp painting, binding
techniques and boxmaking, woodcuts and other illustrative techniques, and formats
such as pop-ups, miniatures, and accordion-folds. There are books reflecting assignments
on the circus, the alphabet book, texts of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven
and by William Blake, among many others. These works demonstrate the remarkable
creativity of Brown students, and the inspired teaching of Walter Feldman.
Work by students of Walter Feldman
This online exhibit is based on the exhibition of student work mounted in the
John Hay Library, Brown University April-August 2003. The exhibition coincided
with the celebration of Walter Feldman's fifty years of teaching at Brown University.
Image: Creating Sin by Molly Wanning, 1996-7. Text by Dindy
Royster; book open like a sunburst; letterpress, cloth covered board.
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