Small Books and Zines: The Sequential Image and Word (DRW4267.01)

Mary Lum

In the gap between individual images and motion pictures lies the world of artists’ books and zines. A wide range of literary, poetic, and fine art structures make up the history of these media, and some of the richest examples cross over into the underground and various subcultures. The focus of this course is on the conception, production, and critique of small, image based, low budget publications. It is not a course in bookbinding, rather it is about the content of handmade books. Students make a number of one-of-a-kind or small edition zines and books, both individually and in collaboration with classmates. There are assigned problems and readings, as well as independent work. Simple book structures are demonstrated. Students complete work weekly, in and out of class, and a high degree of self-motivation is expected.

Prerequisites: Two previous Visual Arts courses at Bennington including at least one 4 credit Drawing course and permission of instructor. For registration, email the instructor ( by Thursday May 10, stating your interest in this course, what prerequisites you have taken, and what term you will be next fall. Mary will respond with further information.
Credits: 4
T 2:10pm - 6:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as 4000, All courses, Drawing, Four Credit, Mary Lum, Tuesday and/or Friday Afternoons.