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Martha Schermerhorn

Martha Schermerhorn

Category: Visual Arts

 

Martha Schermerhorn has been leading book arts workshops in the Rochester region for over 15 years. Her workshops engage children, youth and adults at venues that include schools, art stores, galleries and public libraries. Martha earned a Graphic Arts Certificate in 1990 and was awarded a BS in Book Arts from Empire State College in 2008. Her work has appeared in galleries nationwide, including the Memorial Art Galleries Finger Lakes Exhibition. For the past seven years, Martha has been the Book Arts Artist in Residence for the Fairport, NY High School Senior Honors Art Program. Martha enjoys the creative process and helping other people realize their artistic visions. Examples of her work and student books can be seen on her website.

 

 
Grades K-Adult
Audience
Limit
Single Class Size for Workshops
Length 45 or 60 minutes (see program descriptions)
Cost $115 for Single Workshop; Artist can prep materials for an additional fee. Contact YA Office to plan Residencies. Supplies fees will be determined for each request.

Technical Requirements

For All classes: please provide tables and ample workspace. Access to a sink is helpful, but not required. For Elementary classes: provide one teacher or room aid to help distribute materials and assist younger students. Artist recommends a pre-workshop discussion with teacher for best planning and preparation of supplies. For some workshops or classroom needs, the artist can prep materials in advance for an additional fee to ensure students have a rewarding experience.

 

 


Overview of Programs

  Workshops and Residencies  
   
 
Multiple Edition Book
A pamphlet-stitched book produced in a small edition of three to five books using a photocopier to reproduce the pages. Students learn the process by first making a dummy book or mock-up and designing a story. Once they have completed the layout, they copy the pages, fold, cut and bind the books using the pamphlet stitch. Due to the complexity and sophistication of this project, this book can be made in a minimum of Three 45 minute Workshop sessions, or at a more relaxed pace in Five 45 minutes sessions. Artist can provide supplies for an additional fee. (Grades 9-Adult)

Illustrated Haiku Book
Students make their own unique Japanese stab bound book by following a guideline of folding and sewing a blank book. This book can be made in a Single 45 minute Workshop session, and at a more relaxed pace in Three to Five sessions. With additional sessions, the class can focus on Haiku writing and fill their books with personal writings, collages, drawings, photos or paintings. Artist can provide supplies for an additional fee. (Grades 6-Adult)

The Altered Book
Students create a unique book using an existing hardcover book as a starting point. By reworking pages and covers by painting, stamping, cutting, collage, over-writing, folding, gluing, etc., a one-of-a-kind book emerges from the Student Creator's imagination. This book can be made in Two 60 minute Workshop sessions. With additional sessions, the content and sophistication level of this workshop can be adjusted to meet classroom needs. Artist can provide supplies for an additional fee. (Grades 6-Adult)

 
  Workshops, Residencies and After School Programs  
   
 
Screw Post Album
Students will create a traditional scrapbook or photo album-style book that can be used to store and present memorabilia. This book consists of covers, paper pages, and two or three album posts, which are inserted in holes drilled in the assembled book. This type of book can accommodate a variety of content, both sourced and original, text and graphics to explore a chosen theme. This Workshop can be modified to meet site needs. If the Artist is paid one session to prep materials off-site before the workshop, this book can be made in a Single 60 minute Workshop. If Students can do all their own work (cutting cloth and book board), this book can be made in Two 60 minute Workshops. Artist can provide supplies for an additional fee. (Grades 6-Adult)

Paper Bag Collecting Book
In this simple book form, lunch-size paper bags are used to create pages and envelopes for enclosures, such as a leaf collection, color swatches, or collectable cards. Students stack bags, alternating ends, punch holes, bind with ribbon or yarn, and then fold the books in half. Open-ended pages for collecting alternate with closed-end pages for descriptions (text and/or drawings) of the collected items. This book can be made in a Single 45 minute Workshop. Artist can provide supplies for an additional fee. For Elementary level workshops, a supporting teacher is needed during workshop sessions.(K-Adult)

Name Scroll Book
Students will create a simple, linear book that can be used to feature student-drawn art inspired by ancient Egyptian and African scrolls, the oldest form of bookmaking. A long, narrow strip of paper rolls into a cylinder and is secured by a length of yarn. Students use a hieroglyphic alphabet to represent their name pictorially. The Name Scroll Book project can be used as a starting point to discuss the meaning of names. Students can ask their parents and caregivers why their particular names where chosen. This book can be made in a Single 45 minute Workshop. Artist can provide supplies for an additional fee. For Elementary level workshops, a supporting teacher is needed during workshop sessions. (K-Adult)

Timeline Accordian Book
Students will create a simple, folded book with four faces for student-drawn artwork and text; bound with a decorative closure ribbon through eight slits. This book can be made to be a historical timeline (e.g. dates of the revoluntionary war) personal time line or family history. Eight events can fit comfortably in this format. The amount of space is small so any explanatory text is necessarily kept simple and brief. This book can be made in a Single 45 minute Workshop. Artist can provide supplies for an additional fee. For Elementary level workshops, a supporting teacher is needed during workshop sessions.(K-Adult)

 
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