A Thread Connects Them
Where would our culture be without the written word? From hand-bound monographs, through the invention of movable type, to the digital age, books have been the reservoir of our culture. Last fall, Creative Art Works offered two after-school programs at PS/MS 278 in Upper Manhattan that appealed to both bibliophiles and techies. Students in our Book Arts programs learned traditional and modern book-binding techniques that focused on the book as a work of art. Students in our Digital Arts class got a different sort of hands-on experience. They used Adobe Photoshop to combine words and pictures to create virtual art.
While these programs seem to be as different as black and white, there is a thread that connects them. “Design is design,” said CAW Teaching Artist Brandi Martin Yu, who taught both programs. “There are basic rules of visual communication that apply whether you are working with print or pixels.”
Students in the Digital Arts class were free to repeatedly explore (and un-do) different combinations of text and images.
Students in the Book Arts class learned to marble paper — each end paper is unique.
Creative Art Works’ after-school program at PSMS 278 is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.