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Fine Art Department

David Weitzman

David Weitzman

David Weitzman

David Weitzman

David Weitzman

David Weitzman

David Weitzman

David Weitzman

Instructor: David Weitzman

March 8–9, 2019 (Friday–Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


As artists we are used to producing singular works. Now we are going to take our art a step further, creating a stream of images that tell a story – with or without words.

We’ll begin by enlarging our sense of the book, looking at many of the possible forms beyond the bound, codex book – flip books, fan fold, concertina, collage and montage books, artists’ books, cloth books, origami books, comic books, scrolls, overlays, and pop-up books.

We’ll page through illustrated books from America, Europe, and Asia. And we’ll ask ourselves, “What am I experiencing when I turn these pages?” Recognizing that the page is an alternative space apart from any other reality, we’ll realize, too, that anything can happen on a page. That just turning to the next page can lead to surprises, discovery, shock, and adventure.

All the time we’ll be thinking about the book we’d like to make. We’ll begin making thumbnail sketches, and storyboards, creating a narrative in a sequence of words and images, talking about pages and spreads, conscious now of visual flow, pacing, cadence, rhythm, creating space-time sequences. We’ll look at comic book techniques for speeding up and slowing down time. There will be lots of tools and materials at hand to make dummy books.

Throughout we will be considering the practical aspects of book design – illustration techniques, formats and trim sizes, media and materials, typography (language in visual form), fitting the words around, over, and into the art, using digital photography, photocopiers and the creative process.

The goal of the class is to have everyone go home with a storyboard and perhaps even a dummy for a unique, wonderful book of their own making.


DAVID WEITZMAN attended classes in oil painting, figure drawing, design, serigraphy, and stone lithography at the Art Institute of Chicago from the age of eight to fourteen, but did not pick up pen, pencil, and brush again for many years, until his forties, when he began illustrating children’s books.

David’s twenty books of historical narrative and fiction have received several awards including a Bronze Medal at The International Book Design Exhibition, Leipzig, Germany, a PEN Book Award, an Association of Children’s Librarians Distinguished Book Award, and the Children’s Africana Book Award. His illustrations have shown in galleries, libraries, and museums all over the country. He has been the recipient of grants from the NEH and NEA for school and museum education programs and video documentaries.

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