A Virtual Workshop with Guest Artist!


This 3-session workshop will focus on generating written text for artist’s books. Original content will be prompted by writing exercises exploring typographic systems, text itineraries, Dada and Surrealistic movement experiments, creating text as image and writing image narratives. Writing exercises will be assigned to be completed before, during and in-between the three sessions. Processes will be taught for getting text onto the pages of folded book structures including alternative mark making, transfers, rub-on type, stencils and rubber stamps.  This workshop is for visual artists who want to begin an image/text practice or artists/writers who want to deepen their engagement with the use of language in their work. Several prototype artist book structures with text will be produced during the workshop to develop full scale future projects.


Registration closes March 2, 2021 to allow time for students to purchase their materials. With your registration you'll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase your items, any helpful handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page "how-to" on downloading and using the Zoom video app.


PLEASE NOTE: All workshops will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic's private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded.

Unfolding Narratives: Writing for Artist's Books; Mar 10, 17, and 24; 6pm-8pm

    • Date & Time: 3 day workshop: Wednesdays, March 10, 17, and 24, 6pm-8pm EST via Zoom (invitation link will be sent to registrants before the event)
    • Instructor: Ellen Sheffield
      Ellen Sheffield’s works on paper and artist’s books use text and image intersections to create unexpected readings. Her interest in the juxtaposition of visual language: materials; design; mark-making; and printing processes, with written language: essays: poetry; and hybrid writing, continues to motivate art/word collaborations with Lewis Hyde, Fanny Howe, and Andrew Grace among others.  Recently Ellen’s work explores themes of race and class in her rural community informed by research of local African-American history by her husband, Ric Sheffield, Kenyon College Professor of Sociology.  Ellen’s studio, Unit IV Arts, is located in Gambier, OH, where Ellen teaches in Kenyon’s Art Department. Her artist’s books have been collected by the Beinecke Library, Yale Collection of American Literature at Yale University, by the Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College and by many others.
    • Materials: At registration, students will receive the full materials list (with any helpful links) to purchase supplies. The list includes:
      - 3 x 5 notecards (a dozen)
      - Sketchbook or 8" x 10" copy paper (two dozen sheets)
      - Notebook
      - Writing utensils (pencils, pens, markers, etc.)
      - Scissors
      - UHU glue stick
      - Old magazines and newspapers for collage
      - 11" x 17" medium weight paper (2 sheets)

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Sunday 12pm–5pm

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