B13 — Unique and Imperfect
Four-Day Class, Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
Book Arts, Design, Lettering
This class, predominantly practical, will compare and explore the gestures and movements of mark making in different cultures. Students will develop different ways of holding a pen or a brush and new relations between gestural marks and the use of space. They will also develop a cursive hand implementing the newly developed gestures. The course will be devoted to a spontaneous approach to writing, closer to handwriting than to the controlled movements of traditional calligraphy. At the end of the course students will make their own sewn book.
- 10 sheets Arches text wove 25″ x 40″ (or 20 sheets if it measures 20″ x 25″)
- Paper for book cover: a heavier, 140 lb paper, suitable for soft cover bindings (20″ x 25″ or larger)
- Sumi ink, one bottle, 250 ml (8 oz)
- Watercolors in tubes
- Gouache (a couple of colors)
- Liquid gum arabic
- We’ll make new writing instruments in class. Bring all kinds of brushes, including old ones, both flat and round.
- Water and ink containers
- A pair of plastic gloves
- Paper towels
- Bookbinding thread
- Bone folder
Supply fee: $5 for miscellaneous paper
Monica has taught in Japan, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy. She has exhibited in the United States, China, France, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates. She has published the children’s workbook Le Penne in Pugno, with Giannino Stoppani Edizioni, in Italy. The same book was published in France, and in Canada and the U.S. by Owl Kids with the title Pick Up Your Pen, which also won the 2012 Parents’ Choice Award. She is the co-founder of the Centro Internazionale Arti Calligrafiche, a cultural non-profit organization based in Arezzo, Italy, which also offers classes in Rome and Venice.