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Accordion-Fold Books



Thomas Freese shows different examples of accordion-fold books. Then he demonstrates the process and provides calligraphy tips for students.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to demonstrate how to make an illustrated story for an accordion-fold book, practicing the art of calligraphy to write the text. (The “Making Art” section of the binder includes instructions for making accordion-fold books.)
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art (e.g., bookmaking, illustrating, etc.).
  • Pair with an artist profile, such as artist and bookmaker Carolyn Whitesel’s segment (“Fine Books/Cut Paper” on Through Artists’ Eyes), to explore how an artist uses the skills demonstrated in this activity.

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