Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Art Camp 2008

Yipeeeee! I just found out that Melanie and I just got in to the session at Anderson Ranch that we were hoping to this summer. This will be the 3rd year that I have sent myself to a week of Art Camp. I am thrilled that Melanie is able to go with me this year. It will be a new experience for both of us because I have always taken printmaking classes, and this is a book binding class called Wooden Books.

Here is the class description:

This workshop will immerse you in the world of historical bookbinding. Participants will make an Ethiopian-style binding, a structure developed as early as the 4th century. The fact that some of these books are still around is a testament to their sturdiness. After creating a miniature paste-board model with papyrus covers, you will construct a sewn-board Coptic binding. The elegant sewn structure, combined with wooden covers, opens a wide range of possibilities for both the beginner and the advanced bookbinder. Using simple hand tools, you will drill, shape, and smooth your book covers. Finishing includes sealing wooden covers with milk paint and a coating of wax and adding a leather closure. As time allows, your instructor will share various features he includes in his own bindings and sculptural books.

It is a wonderful creative experience. The camp is beautiful and the classes are fun yet intensive. The studios are open 24/7 so you can work on your art as much as you would like. Here are some of the prints I created in past years at camp. I cannot wait to see how our books turn out.

Drypoint Etching 2007

Drypoint Etching 2007

Drypoint Etching 2007

12 comments:

Abby Creek Art said...

Hi M...always love your print work. The Quail are adorable! Nice line work in that one.:)

Laura said...

How exciting that you and Melanie are going together! I'm sure you will have a great time!

Rebecca said...

I want to go to art camp! What fun, to be away from family responsibilities and hang out with women making art.

Nevis said...

Your art is so beautiful. I'm really blessed to have won the contest! :)

Karine said...

I have always wanted to learn etching. Yours are wonderful! Is the Anderson Ranch in Telluride, or am I thinking of something different? It sounds DEE-VINE!!!

Weeny&Daisy said...

OOO that sounds like so much fun!We hope you have a lovely time, and we look forward to seeing some piccies when you get back!

Kisses to Emmitt!

Love Weeny, Daisy and Livvy xxx

Frances Louise said...

Mommy read that description about the camp and said it sounded too difficult for her! She's glad there are artistically-gifted people like you to make beautiful products for her to oohh and ahh over!

Diana Evans said...

Hi Melissa...

art camp!!! how cool is that....I wish I was heading there...

Those classes sound so neat...

I am jealous...but can't wait to see all the great stuff you will be posting from all these great events....

Cheers,
Diana

The Devil Dog said...

That sounds like a great class. You should have a lot of fun. We are glad you are getting to go.

Roxy

Diana Evans said...

Hi Melissa...

what a nice surprise..to have my first sales on etsy through you...

I can't wait to get these to you...

Have a wonderful night...

Cheers,
Diana

Jen said...

I love your printmaking! Your pictures inspire me to maybe try Drypoint Etching someday... it looks fascinating!

Jen

lizzyl said...

I love, love love the puggy one! So cute.