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Creating an Artist's Book

Related Website: Artists' Books: Bound in Art
Ages: 13-16 years
Subjects: Visual Arts, Language Arts


In this lesson, students ages 13 to 16 will learn to integrate visual arts and language arts as they create their own artist's book.

Students will create their own book according to a specific theme.

Their artist's book can include poetry or a short narrative and be accompanied by prints, paintings, drawings and/or collages. Pages can contain words, art or a combination of both.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • apply all steps in the creative process to complete an artist's book, from brainstorming to finished product;
  • produce artwork using a variety of media to demonstrate a particular theme, while maintaining creative licence;
  • incorporate elements of creative writing with visual arts, challenging conventional notions of format and content for books.

Learning Modifications

  • Substitute the papermaking or printmaking portions with other forms of art (e.g., painting, drawing, or collage).
  • Choose a theme that students are currently studying.
  • Create a book as a class by assigning specific tasks to individual students.

Activities Summary

Below is a table summarizing the activities in this educational resource. The table column headings are: Title, Description, and Alternate Formats.

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Title Description Alternate Formats
Curriculum Connections A table with links to provincial and territorial curriculums for the educational resource [PDF 32 KB]
[RTF 817 KB]
Activity Resources A list of websites to help complete the activities [PDF 51 KB]
[RTF 804 KB]
Activity 1
Analysis of Artists' Books
Students explore and create an artist's book [PDF 37 KB]
[RTF 794 KB]
Activity 2
Students make their own paper [PDF 35 KB]
[RTF 795 KB]
Activity 3
Artwork Printmaking
Students create monoprint and linoleum print artwork [PDF 37 KB]
[RTF 811 KB]
Handout 1
Analysis of Artists' Books
Students analyze a selection of artists' books [PDF 37 KB]
[RTF 809 KB]
Handout 2
Students brainstorm ideas to create an artist's book [PDF 34 KB]
[RTF 811 KB]
Handout 3
Storyboard Creation
Students select a theme and develop a storyboard [PDF 36 KB]
[RTF 817 KB]
Handout 4
Storyboard Analysis
Students peer review each other's storyboards and themes [PDF 35 KB]
[RTF 809 KB]
Evaluation Tool
A rubric to evaluate students' artists' books [PDF 39 KB]
[RTF 816 KB]