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Class: Slip Cases

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In this class, students will make a slip case out of sturdy book board, with a lined interior, and with an applied cover of book cloth.  Measuring for proper overlaps, application of adhesive, and application of bookcloth will be addressed. Students will learn the sequence of cuts and paste-downs necessary to create neat and well-tailored […]

Instructor: John-Michael Perkins

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John-Michael Perkins

John-Michael Perkins is originally from Jackson, Tennessee. He received his MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama and has lived in Houston since 2013. Besides everything book arts related, his hobbies include reading, drawing, spinning basketballs on his finger, and cooking.

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Class: Binding a Classic Hard Cover Book

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In this introduction to bookbinding, students will learn the basics of materials (book board, book cloth, adhesives, paper) and techniques (folding paper, cutting, sewing, and applying adhesives). By the end of the class, students will have completed 1 or 2 flat-back, case-style bindings, covered in cloth and decorated paper. Cost:  $140 (for both days and […]

Instructor: Tony Vela

Class: Letterpress Studio Practices

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This class will engage students with a hands-on approach to learning proper print shop practices in the museum’s letterpress studio. Students will be taught proper care for type, tools, and presses, as well as their proper use. Moreover, the class will pull prints from various presses in the studio, while other presses will be demonstrated […]

Instructor: David J. Webb

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David J. Webb

David J. Webb is an artist working principally at Glassell School, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His various works on paper have been seen in Glassell exhibitions. He has numerous block prints, etchings, lithographs, and photographs in private collections from Houston to Tokyo, Zürich, and Poltava, Ukraine. Strongly informed by a background in genetics and evolutionary biology, his work functions on the cusp between art and science.

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Class: Silkscreen T-Shirts and Posters

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Learn the basics of silkscreen to print your own t-shirts and posters! Charles Criner, the Museum’s Artist in Residence, guides students through the process of choosing a design, building the frame, and burning the screen using the photo-emulsion method, transparent film, or the touch and glue method. Proper inks and color applications will also be […]

Instructor: Charles Criner

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Charles Criner

Charles Criner is the Artist in Residence at The Printing Museum. Charles is the kind of artist that likes to “exhaust” the medium. He “pulls” his prints in black and white, then in color, and on top of that he sometimes adds acrylic over the print to produce original paintings on paper. He, however, is also parsimonious, or rather, enjoys the limitations of using only three colors and no more to make his prints. Furthermore, he is the kind of artist / craftsman who prizes the concrete relationship between himself and his work. Criner always pulls prints himself, never letting other professional printers do this for him.

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Class: Linoleum Block Printed Postcards (Banned Book Theme)

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Postcards, often censored by governments during wartime, cost 2 cents to mail during WWI in the U.S..  Now, as postal prices increase, did you know you can send a postcard today for 35 cents and open up a dialogue about censorship?  Why not make your own to send to friends and loved ones and participate in […]

Instructor: David J. Webb

Instructor Bio

David J. Webb

David J. Webb is an artist working principally at Glassell School, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His various works on paper have been seen in Glassell exhibitions. He has numerous block prints, etchings, lithographs, and photographs in private collections from Houston to Tokyo, Zürich, and Poltava, Ukraine. Strongly informed by a background in genetics and evolutionary biology, his work functions on the cusp between art and science.

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