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Virtual Educator Summer Camp 2023: Cake Box Books with Esther K. Smith

Event Details

Event Date and Time

Tue, Jul 18, 2023
10 to 11:30 am

Tickets and Reservations

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Black and white photograph of the artist as a young girl outdoors hugging an 'lift the flap' book by H. A. Rey.
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Event Description

About the Session

Pop Art meets Book Arts! Learn to stitch an ancient book binding that predates printing. Make your cover from a cake, cracker, or cereal box and fold your pages from standard printing paper. These multi-section books open flat for writing and drawing and are great for journals, guestbooks, albums, sketchbooks, collage books, scrap books, and very long zines.

About the Instructor

Esther K. Smith (she/her) is the author and designer of How to Make Books (2007), Making Books with Kids (2016), and other book arts books. Artistic director at Purgatory Pie Press, Esther collaborates with letterpress printer Dikko Faust hand-making limited editions and artist books–sometimes with other artists and writers. They have exhibited widely, and their work is in many public collections worldwide including MoMA, SF MoMA, Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art, NMWA, London’s Tate and V&A museums, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Gallery at The Met Store has been showing and selling their artist books and prints. Esther has also been Risograph printing and has begun publishing Riso books under the EK Smith Museum imprint.

About the Virtual Educator Camp Series

NMWA’s virtual Educator Summer Camp is designed for all educators—schoolteachers, adults supporting students learning remotely, home school instructors, scout leaders, etc. We just ask that you come with your learners in mind and a playful spirit!

We will offer independent 1.5-hour sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 6 through July 27. Sessions, inspired by the Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) Institutes and NMWA’s collection, are hands-on, participatory, and fun. Sessions will explore NMWA’s collection and resources, introduce historic and contemporary women artists, and engage participants in experimental making and close looking.

Guest instructors include artists and educators from around the country. You will receive a recommended supply list, applicable digital resources, and a Zoom meeting link in advance of each session. Camp activities are designed to make use of materials and tools you might have at home, to encourage repurposing and seeing everyday objects in a new light.

Register for one session or many depending on your interest and commitments.

Session participants can request certificates of completion reflecting total earned participation hours.

Questions? Reach out to education@nmwa.org.


Automated Captioning

This event will have automated speech-to-text transcription. The text will be displayed in the event video window, and attendees can turn captioning on or off throughout the program.

Accessibility Inquiries

If you are unable to register online or would like to request additional accessibility services, please email accessibility@nmwa.org. Two weeks’ notice to request accessibility services is appreciated but not required. We will make every attempt to accommodate requests.