Instructor: Hillary Gattian
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Dates: Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1
For adults and teens age 16 and older
Focus on the book as object is almost an act of rebellion in contemporary times. In this course, you will use the underlying information and imagery found in uniquely chosen secondhand books as both inspiration and a ready surface on which to make new artwork. Books become both sketchbook and canvas. Free from the intimidation of a blank white page, you will explore conceptual ideas through a variety of techniques and media.
Class includes preparation of the books for alteration and versatile methods to work into the pages, including collage, painting, drawing, and embroidery. Investigations can relate and respond to the content of the book or be driven by personal interests. The latter part of this 8-week class culminates with creation of an artwork inspired by your book explorations.
This class is well suited for those with no previous experience, as well as practiced makers looking for a new way to approach familiar mediums. The materials fee supplies participants with paints, brushes and adhesive that will be yours to keep.
Excited to start looking for books to alter? Hillary has created this guide for what to look for…
Altered Books Materials List
Hillary Gattian is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Ventura, California. She initially studied architecture in San Luis Obispo, California but changed her area of study and graduated with her BFA in Painting from Sonoma State University in Rhonert Park, California in 2015. While there she made paintings, drawings, ceramic work and began making multimedia installation-based work focused on interactions of the built and natural environments through a lens of change and nostalgia.
Hillary received her MFA in Painting + Drawing from Ohio University in 2018. While in graduate school she taught painting, drawing and foundations courses. Her work during that time centered around site specific installations delving further into explorations of space investigating the impacts of the digital world on change and in person experiences.
After receiving her MFA, Hillary taught Drawing, 2D Design and Color Theory at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Being back in a coastal region brought water histories and the built and natural environment dichotomy to the forefront of her artistic practice. Hillary returned to Athens, Ohio in 2021 where she lives with her fiancé and three cats. She is serving as the Gallery Coordinator for Ohio University Art Galleries along with teaching courses for the School of Art + Design.
Social Media: Instagram @hillarylynn.art