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The Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries are pleased to sponsor, The Curious Art of Fore-Edge Painting, presented by Martin Frost at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Designed to appeal to both painters and book workers (conservators, binders, book artists and crafts people) of all levels, the program will include an illustrated lecture (describing the genesis and progress of this little known art form and featuring painted books from the artist's own collection) and a one-day hands-on workshop (to teach the techniques of English water coloring onto book-edges). They are intended to prime students in the technique of painting a book-edge and the student can expect to take home a gilded-book with a hidden edge-decoration.
About the Instructor:
About the Lecture:
Workshop Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: 10am to 5:15pm
Location: the Preservation Department, Room 106 Krieger Hall.
Skill level: Students need to be moderately adept with fine brushes but not necessarily highly skilled artists.
Fee: $250.00 (includes instructional workshop booklet), plus an optional $60 for pre-gilded book and clamp (or student may bring own holding clamp and gilded book-see below under "Supplies").
Supplies: Students must supply their own water color paints (either tube or pan) mixing plate, ruler, and a variety of point-tipped water color brushes (including sizes 3 and 5).
Students are welcome to bring their own suitable gilt-edged books and holding clamp. If you choose to bring your own gilt-edged book, ensure that the hinges are strong, the fore-edge smooth, un-stepped, well-gilded, and reasonably easy to fan. The maximum size book that would fit the workshop-supplied holding clamp is 9 inches (book's height). Avoid restrictively small books. See below specifications/plans for constructing a simple holding clamp. Also see below a photo of the holding clamp and gilt-edged book supplied by the instructor.
Below is a photo of the holding clamp and book supplied by the instructor. The book fans up to 8 x 3 inches. Bear this in mind when choosing your image.
About Johns Hopkins University:
Parking on Campus:
For the lecture on Friday night (April 8th) there will be a fee charged for parking on campus (lot P, near the South Gate-see on electronic map). There is free, sometimes restricted, off-campus parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. Other campus parking areas are assigned to faculty, students and staff. Hodson Hall (the lecture hall) is building number 2 on the electronic map.
For the workshop on Saturday (April 9th) all campus parking is free. Krieger Hall (the Preservation Department) is building number 20 on the electronic map.
Lunch and Breaks:
Places to Stay:
Doubletree Inn at the Colonnade
Mount Washington Conference Center
Quality Inn Suites at the Carlyle
Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys