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Educator Summer Camp: Volvelles with Emily Martin

Event Details

Event Date and Time

Fri, Jul 26, 2024
10 to 11:30 am

Tickets and Reservations

Reservations required.



Two examples of volvelle books with circular pages that can be rotated by the reader to reveal and conceal content. One is titled "Authoritarian Decoder" and reads "what they say: protection for women; what they mean: male control." The other is titled "Significance Indicator" and has the solar system's planets and orbits printed on the circle.
NMWA’s annual virtual Educator Summer Camp series returns!

Event Description

About the Educator Camp

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

The standalone sessions, inspired by the Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) Institute, are hands-on, participatory, and fun. The Educator Summer Camp explores the museum’s collection and resources, introduces historical and contemporary artists, and engages participants in experimental art-making and close-looking exercises.

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 that you might have at home and encourage repurposing and seeing everyday objects in a new light.

Register for one session, some, or all, depending on your interest and commitments. Session participants can request certificates of completion reflecting total earned participation hours.

About the Program

Emily Martin will teach you to make a volvelle, a magical movable artist’s book with a rotating wheel that reveals and conceals content. The volvelle can be used for a variety of purposes and are simple to make with minimal materials.

About the Artist Instructor

Emily Martin is a visual artist living in Iowa City, IA, with her Vandercook SP15 printing press and three bicycles. She has been making movable and sculptural artist’s books since the 1990s. Her subject matter has ranged from autobiographical stories to the writings of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and 16th century mathematician Peter Apian. She is very detail oriented and works to determine the proper materials and bindings for her books. Most recently, current events such as the 2016 presidential election, the pandemic, Asian hate crimes, and social justice have intruded into her content. Martin has an inquisitive and irreverent nature, and is bravely attempting to make sense of a world gone mad. Martin’s books are held in private and institutional collections in the United States and internationally, such as the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum National Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Questions? Reach out to education@nmwa.org.

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CART Captioning

This event will have Communication Access Real-time Transcription (CART), in which a professional transcribes the speech and non-speech audio information to text. 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.