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Book Arts Retreat in Los Angeles

L.A. Arts Retreats – Summer 2017
$300 Price Reduction on all Retreats!
Otis College of Art and Design launches inaugural week-long Retreats for intensive study!
L.A. Book Arts Retreat (June 19 – June 23)

L.A. Book Arts Retreat
June 18 – June 24, 2017

This 5-day retreat provides an opportunity for book artists to concentrate on their creative work, develop new ideas, and hone their skills. Artists focus on personal work, with an emphasis on storytelling, poetry, political satire, social commentary, and more. Program explores book design and materials, content development and image making, printing processes and media integration. Also covers related investigative and exploratory printing and typographic techniques. Special demonstrations include digital imaging requirements, font-editing, processing with the plate making machine, and presswork on the Vandercook flatbed cylinder press. Prior letterpress experience required. Previous experience with image-editing and page-layout software is required for those interested in digital letterpress. Participants have access to Otis College’s Lab Press, a fully functioning studio with four Vandercook proof presses and over 200 typefaces. Established in 1984 by Sheila de Bretteville as part of the Communication Arts Department, the Lab Press has a rich history of small edition book publishing. Includes visit(s) to Otis College’s Millard Sheets Library, which houses an extensive collection of artist books, from democratic multiples to one-of-a-kind works. Participant work is individual in nature and dependent upon student skill set, interest, and proposed project(s).

Lead Instructor: Rebecca Chamlee is a graphic designer, printer, writer, and bookbinder who has published innovatively designed, letterpress printed, and hand-bound limited edition fine press and artists books under the imprint of Pie in the Sky Press since 1986. Her work is in prominent special private collections throughout the U.S. and has been exhibited widely.

Guest speakers include writer / performance artist Jacqueline Suskin and Carolee Campbell, publisher of Ninja Press in Sherman Oaks, CA.

To register, please visit this Otis College webpage –
For additional information, please contact Otis Continuing Education at 310.665.6850 or

Early Bird Discount through May 21st – $100 off tuition fee!


Please contact Continuing Education Program Coordinator
Diana McCrimmon at dmccrimmon@otis.eduor (310) 665-6850.
Register by email: send completed form below to
Register by fax: send completed form below to (310) 665-6854
Register by phone: call (310) 665-6952
Register in person: visit the CE Registration Window (next to CE Office, Ahmanson 108)
For further information about courses call (310) 665-6850

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