September 20, 2008 — The University of Virginia Art Museum is offering three studio courses to students and museum members in October: "Introduction to Bookbinding," "Digital Photography" and "Drawing in the Museum: Focus on Form."
The four-week studio courses are free for U.Va. students and $180 for museum members Museum membership is available for as little as $60 for families and $35 for individuals. (Complete information on programs and membership levels is available at the museum's Web site, www.virginia.edu/artmuseum).
Lindsey Mears will teach the course in hand bookbinding. Participants will become familiar with tools and techniques of the craft and several binding styles. Students will make their own decorative paste papers and bookcloth, and use them to create traditional and innovative book structures, including folded structures, case binding, Coptic binding, the flag book and an archival keepsake book. "Introduction to Bookbinding" will meet on Thursday evenings from Oct. 2 through Oct. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m.
With instructor Stacey Evans, students in "Digital Photography" will learn how to create powerful images through different utilizations of light, perspective and composition. This course will improve students' photographic skills by encouraging the development of personal style. Students will learn how to navigate the camera beyond automatic mode, focusing on the best aperture and shutter speed for specific situations, and will explore different software programs, Web-sharing programs and printing options. "Digital Photography" will meet Thursday afternoons, Oct. 2 through Oct. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Fenella Belle will use the museum's collection and exhibitions as a starting point to explore the ways that three-dimensional space is created, negated, distorted, stretched, twisted and constructed in the two-dimensional world of drawing and painting. Each class will begin with a specific topic on which to focus observation, analysis and discussion in the museum's galleries. Students will use a variety of materials and techniques to broaden the character of their drawings as they explore these topics. "Drawing in the Museum" will meet Wednesdays from Oct. 1 through Oct. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.
To register, call the museum's Education Department at 434-243-2050. The museum is located at 155 Rugby Road, a short walk from the Rotunda, across the street from Madison Bowl.