After attending a workshop for teachers held by Zart and featuring the book sculptor artist Nicholas Jones I decided to use the workshop as inspiration for my Year 10 Sculpture & Ceramics class.
As a class, we did some initial research and exploration of book sculptors and found there were a lot of artists using books to create art.
The class also had a session in the library where librarian Michael Jongen presented to the students an overview of the history of the book. His talk was informative and was supported by visuals and a comprehensive knowledge of book history.
The 21st century’s digital age poses the question as to where lies the future of the book?
By this time we now needed to source some books to sculpt from. Many students sourced their own books from home or op shops. I saw an ad in the local paper advertising a church sale of unwanted books in Essendon for $5 a bag – bargain. So off I went and bagged a bundle of books for the class to use. We had lots of title to choose from. Different aspects of the books provided different reference points for the students’ sculptures. The material, the technique, the title, the words, the illustrations, glossy paper, hard cover, paperback….. and so on.
Over the next couple of weeks in class the students experimented and explored ideas and techniques such as folding, tearing, carving, cutting, disassembly and reassembly, drilling, paper mache and more. Some added wire or used inks and paint to compliment their idea.
The completed sculptures look amazing and the whole class contributed to the displaying of their work in the library. All students needed to title their work and list the materials they used, just as a professional artist and gallery would expect.
Some of their sculptures are featured in the accompanying photos. Please enjoy the visual treat that is book sculpture.
Ms Naomi Grant
Yr 10 Sculpture & Ceramics Teacher