Artist Publishing Intensive
March 5, 2020 — May 9, 2020
We offer this 10-session course to artists and designers seeking to learn more about the many creative options available in developing a book project. Participants will learn about existing publishing structures, modes of physical production, various models in funding and distribution, and the financial circumstances of publishing and book sales.
Whether you are pursuing self-publishing, looking to have a book designed and published by someone else, or interested in experimenting with designing/producing books, this course will suit your interests.
All four Candor Arts staff members will be involved in teaching and mentoring throughout this intensive. The course will consist of three elements to support each participant’s project:
1. Lecture & Conversation — Why a book?
2. Equipment Familiarity, Material Options & Developing a Workflow — Visualizing the book.
3. Individual Labor, Project Mentorship & Use of Resources — Making the book.
This is a project-based course structure*, therefore participants are required to have a project in mind to focus on and develop over 10 weeks, even if that idea is in its beginning stages (“I would like to publish a hardcover book of my original drawings,” “I would like to make a collection of boxes to house these art objects I’ve been making,” “I want to print 300 copies of my zine and get it into as many hands as possible,” etc.) The course is punctuated by two major critiques: a midpoint critique to help guide the publication process and a final critique to evaluate the progress made throughout the course.
*It is not required that participants fully complete a project during this time—we understand that many projects naturally take much longer. However, we expect a great deal of progress to be made on their project during this time.
Your course fee includes the following:
Ten weeks of 3-hour focused sessions with the Candor Arts team
Access to Candor Arts resources during designated course hours, including:
Swatchbook library / external sample requests
Extensive Artist Book collection
Utilizing Candor Arts partner vendors for external production
Authorized use of Candor Arts studio equipment/materials:
Epson SureColor P5000 (for proofing only)*
RISO RZ 390UI (11x17” capacity)* — three drums, Black, Medium Blue, Bright Red
Epson Scanner (8.5x11” bed)
Kingsley Hot Foil stamper (1.5”x3” plate max)*
Kensol Hot Foil Stamper (6.25”x8.25” plate max)*
Kensol Hot Foil Stamper (7.5”x11” plate max)*
Board Shear (45” blade)*
Paper Guillotine (19.5” cutting width capacity)*
Challenge Drill Press*
Two 16’x4’ tables
Three nipping presses
Free use of stocked bookcloth
Free use of stocked Euroboard
Free use of hand-binding materials, tools, and glue.
Free storage of in-progress work.
*Unsupervised use of this equipment requires additional authorization for a small fee, as well as a safety waiver.
Optional: opportunity to showcase your work at an open studio event following the course.
Optional: opportunity to utilize the Candor Arts studio outside of course hours for $25/day (only during course duration—March 5–May 9, 2020)
Candor arts expectations of the participant:
Supplying project concept and content for an editioned work.
Supplying any computer and/or software (InDesign is industry standard) necessary to carry out your specific project.
Participant will need to pay for any material production outside of the studio (paper, printing, foil dies, etc.)
Be respectful and engaged.
Arrive on time.
Leave on time.
Do not request tutoring/consultation outside of designated course hours.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.