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Book Binding as a Tool to Keep Mental Health

Course Summary

This course is intended for teachers and professional associates of pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, principals and other school staff who want to know more about bookbinding and how to use those topics to further discuss the topic of mental health.

The course consists of three parts:

1. Introductory lecture - the book as a means of artistic expression

2. processes for making different types of hand-bound books

3. use of hand-made books in the classroom

In the introductory part of the workshop, participants will receive a brief introduction to the historical development of the book. The development of the book throughout history will highlight the importance of the book for interpersonal and intrapersonal communication and the possibility of creative expression through the book. The book becomes a means of artistic expression. This is also the aim of the workshop activities.

In the second part, participants will learn to create different types of hand-bound books. The main part of the course will be the creative expression in the form of a book.

The topic of mental health will be tackled within most of the activities with structured activities and suggestions for your classroom.

Keywords: workshop, book, book design, accordion binding, one sheet book

Course Detailed Description

Book making is an excellent activity in the educational process. Creating a book provides an interesting way to learn about new subjects. Educators and teachers who strive to improve their work are always looking for new ways to make their classes, lessons and lectures as effective as possible. This makes lessons more interesting, engaging and child-centred. This is one of the reasons why manual binding of books is used in kindergarten or school. Special emphasis is placed on the promotion and development of manual work. Hand binding books is applicable and useful in most educational settings.

Making your own books requires a combination of many areas, including: Writing, Drawing, Painting, Communication. It also develops various skills: Fine skills, children learn how to use scissors, holes and glue. In addition, concentration and eye for details are improved.

Making books allows students to go through the whole process of creating a book, using their skills and developing the skills mentioned above.

What the children draw or write themselves in their own handmade book will certainly help them to memorise the lesson material better.

The task is to make a book and show others what they have learned. Once the children start making a book, they will definitely want to finish it. The project of creating a hand-bound book will encourage them to learn more about the topic they have chosen for their project.

Once they start, they will want to fill the whole book, finding, exploring and adding more and more details about the given topic. Whether it is math, nature and society, history, art and culture or foreign languages, book making can become an integral part of any curriculum.

Making books encourages and challenges communication skills. What is written in the book has to look nice, which practices handwriting, but also correct writing. It is also an exercise in visual perception. Sharing books or displaying books allows students to share what they have learnt and show other students what they have learnt. In this way, the exchange of ideas is encouraged.

In the end, each child can say with satisfaction, "I made that myself."

In short, craft books are a great way of correlation and interdisciplinarity where writing, illustrating, discovery and research, creativity and presentation come together to support the curriculum in the classroom.

The main goal of this course is to get familiar with the process of book binding, tools to include students with less opportunities into the process and how to use the newly created books.

 

Other course goals are:  

  • get to know more about bookbinding techniques and options

  • get acquainted with methods to use book binding for mental health improvement

  • understand the pedagogical approach to teaching with bookbinding

  • be aware of different options in work with bookbinding 

  • learn how to use adequate tools to support students in the process of creation

  • enhance collaboration and networking  

  • make individual books

  • analyse and evaluate the process and the course 

 

 Topics:  

design, book, book design, accordion binding, one sheet book, book binding

COURSE SCHEDULE (Day by day):

Day 1

  • Introduction 

  • Course outline 

  • Ice-breaking activities

  • Introduction of the participants, their goals for the class and their challenges, school presentations 

  • Exchanging good practices in the field of book-binding  

  • Guided city tour

Day 2

  • The theory of Bookbinding

  • What is bookbinding? 

  • The book as a means of artistic expression

  • Mental health and hand-made objects

  • Examples of good practice 

Day 3

  • Making your book

  • Introduction to steps in creation

  • Choosing the right book and bind type

  • Choosing the right material

  • The process of book making 


Day 4

  • Finishing the process

  • How to use the book?

  • Use the book in the classroom


Day 5

  • Using the book in classroom activities

  • Course wrap-up – adding finishing touches to your projects

  • Final activities – presentation of the books 

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, discussion 


Day 6 

  • Course evaluation

  • Book exhibition

  • Certificate awarding 

  • Excursion and other external cultural activities

Course outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • get to know more about bookbinding techniques and options

  • get acquainted with methods to use book binding for mental health improvement

  • understand the pedagogical approach to teaching with bookbinding

  • be aware of different options in work with bookbinding 

  • learn how to use adequate tools to support students in the process of creation

  • enhance collaboration and networking  

  • make individual books

  • analyse and evaluate the process and the course 

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