Thursday, August 4, 2016

Field Trip Time: Jaffe Center for Book Arts Printing Press and more...

  As homeschoolers we have experienced so many different field trips! It is so important to me that my children are able to get firsthand looks at different professions and places. This week we were able to take a field trip to the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University. This amazing center has an extensive collection of works of art that are books (we seriously saw some of the most creative and unique books I have seen)! This was such a great field trip because it really got my kids to think outside of the box. The kids learned that a book doesn't necessarily have to fit into the typical concept of what a book looks like. Here is an example of one of the books featured at the center :
This book was printed on glass and folded out accordion style
 The kids also got to print covers for their own books on a printing press. It takes a lot of time and work to set out the text tiles and then feed the ink into the rollers and roll each page by hand. The kids got such a kick out of rolling the press over the paper. They also were able to get a look at a very old printing press from the 1800's. 

1800's Press

Bree rolling her cover

Setting up the paper

Xavier rolling the press

Finished Cover

  After the kids printed their own covers, we headed to another room to learn how to bind the books together. The kids used needles and thick book thread to sew their own binding into their books. They finished it off by folding in the excess cover and Ta Da they had a finished book that they made themselves.

Sewing The Books

I love the big kids helping the younger ones!

Finished Product

You can check out our tour of the center on YouTube here:

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