Wednesday 10-12pm for 5 weeks
Cost $80-$120 Sliding Scale
Materials $20 (in addition to course fee)
Bring a Snack!
We will be creating various art pieces inspired by nature and farm life using a multitude of methods, culminating in a self made book!
Beth Thielen studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited her work widely since the mid eighties. She is especially known for her One of a Kind books, which create an emotional experience that is powerful, vivid and real. She says, “I think of book art as a personal journey, an interior landscape.” Her noteworthy activities have included her teaching in the California prison system. Her teaching first began through a California Arts Council Artist in Residency Grant, when she was chosen to provide 20 hours per week of instruction at a participating institution. That program no longer exists, and the tolerance for this kind of program is increasingly threatened, despite the evidence of significant rehabilitation through such programs. The work of her inmate students have also found their way into important collections. The Tower Book, with stories and images created with women from the California Rehabilitation Center and the men from San Quentin State Prison has been acquired by Yale University and the Library of Congress Special Collections. Thielen’s unusual books continue to make one stop, think, and admire. Her work is represented in the Getty Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum of Art, the Library of Congress Special Collections, Houghton Library at Harvard, Yale University, the Spencer Collection at the New York Public Library, as well as other important public and private collections.