Book Art with Primary Children

By Paula Briggs

Book art is a popular activity – the act of transforming a book into an artwork. I thought it would make a lovely focus for our Drawing Workshop for Ages 6 to 10.

There are many interpretations of “book art” or “artist’s books”.  In this resource we’ll define “book art” as being the act of transforming a book into an artwork, whilst still retaining its “bookishness”. “Artist’s books” we will define as a book made by an artist (and we’ll be exploring making artist’s books next week).

Following on from last week’s session when we began to tune into how paper can become three-dimensional to create forms with personalities, this week we gave ourselves an hour (!) to create a piece of book art using mixed media and paper manipulation techniques.

Transforming books through book art
Transforming books through book art


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