Word Play In The Press Room (PRI4220.01)

Julia Ferrari

This class offers participants a unique chance to develop word-poem stories while simultaneously learning traditional letterpress relief printing techniques, making a distinctive multidisciplinary connection to letterforms on paper.

Word play refers to the fact that we will be inventing poems spontaneously, using improvisation and therefore will become involved imaginatively with composing poem-sentences and then physically with composing metal and wooden type in printed forms. It will begin with word-play exercises involving imaginative and thoughtful, spoken and written responses. Throughout this process, participants will work collaboratively, creating a narrative story together while working toward a finished, shared content, hand-printed chapbook, consisting of traditional relief letterpress methods centered on the written stories we create. Participants will then pamphlet-bind a small edition, which we will share.


Learning Outcomes:
•Typographic Design
•Press work
•Project design/problem solving
•Critical thinking and visual language
•Book arts, artist books, book design
•Collaborative thinking, community building


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Contact tdennerline@bennington.edu with BRIEF note stating interest. Subject: WORD PLAY. Include information about print courses taken at Bennington College, and/or images of work made in Bennington VA course. Interested LIT students are welcome to apply, and could describe interest in relation to LIT course experience.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
Th 1:40PM - 5:20PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , First Seven Week , Fully In-Person , New Courses , Printmaking , Two Credit , Updates
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