bookmaking at ETC 13

Visual Arts was one of the strands this year at the EARCOS Teachers’ Conference in Shanghai so I had the opportunity to run a bookmaking workshop.

all set up in an art room at Concordia International School

We had a great turnout that morning. It was hard to gauge how many people would be there and the bulk of my luggage did end up being materials and tools for the session but it was well worth it. What I enjoyed seeing most was the wonderment in discovering the potential of a sheet of paper and participants teaching each other and sharing techniques along the way.

Post-it® thoughts and ideas from the bookmakers…

What is a book?
  • a visual representation of ideas
  • it’s a life mirror
  • my lover
  • an exciting TRIP
  • a means of sharing information
  • everything
  • educator
  • entertainment
  • a written form of communication that is purposeful and organized
  • companion
  • ideas, opinions, moments ready to be shown
  • a promise…a journey
  • a paper trail to/thru another world
  • inspiration
  • a learning experience
  • a friend
  • an access to learning
  • something to share
  • creative process
  • a new world and a great resource for all
  • a place for documenting art/thinking process
  • a reference source
  • a collection
  • early form of information
What is your relationship with books?
  • We are friends since I became literate
  • Books–are like finding a friend..check, look and discover ♥
  • the only long term relationship
  • I love my large collection of picture books
  • Love children literature. I started my children book library 25 years ago when I have my first child. Write and or illustrate children book is one of my dreams.
  • the physical interaction–tactile experience and smell of books
  • Good! Useful! Entertaining!
  • read, travel, and experience life with characters
  • the physical feel
  • I get students to love
  • Books take me away from the stress of life! They nourish me!
How can we use bookmaking in our classrooms?
  • Camp Taiwan Journal for kids to record their experiences
  • field sketchbook
  • to have my students write a book for their 1st grade reading buddies
  • In my classroom–PERFECT way for: expressing ideas, showing what was learned, keeping reminders
  • to showcase student ideas
  • student expression & accomplishment
  • Teaching kids about beginning, middle, & end. Also how some story patterns repeat ie. If you Give a Pig a Pancake!

Thanks to the participants who contributed to the workshop with their ideas, creativity and enthusiasm. I learnt a lot from you and appreciated our time together.

Workshop photos can be found here and book structures we worked on here.


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