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The Artful Book
As part of the Annual Summer Art & Writing Academy
Monday – Friday, August 3 – 7, 9 am – 3 pm (1 week)
9 am – 3 pm
Location: The Art Studio of Crane Country Day School, 1795 San Leandro Ln., Montecito, CA
Registration Fee: $315 SBMA Members/$325 Non-Members

As any true reader knows, the story, characters, ideas, themes, lessons, words, and illustrations of beloved books can influence and alter a life. This summer, turn that statement around and alter your favorite books through artful applications.

Create paintings in watercolor, gouache, and acrylic, and make prints and mixed-media collages within the pages of a selected book — whether it’s a vintage title or a new favorite. Write in response to the ideas presented in the book, play with favorite lines or dialogue, and explore personal connections. Also produce assemblages and sculptures from book pages and covers. The result is a hand-illustrated book that becomes a personal treasure to save or share.

All techniques, demonstrations, and lessons are applicable to participants of all levels of experience. The Teaching Artists provide daily demonstrations of open-ended techniques and introduce projects using a variety of media. A field trip to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is included to provide artful inspiration (example on left).

The art studios at Crane Country Day School provide a perfect location, spacious sunny rooms, a view of oak groves and coastal mountains, and ample free parking.

Facilitators: Joni Chancer & Gina Rester-Zodrow, SBMA Teaching Artists
Image/s: Image credit for project prototype: A page from SBMA Teaching Artist Joni Chancerís illustrated book, featuring a detail from Still Life by Severin Rosen, SBMA Permanent Collection.

Image credit: Severin Roesen, Still Life, 1848. Oil on canvas. SBMA, gift of Mrs.Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection.

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