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Artists’ Books: A Visual Journey

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Course Summary

“A walk has a life of its own” (Hamish Fulton) This three-day workshop maps a journey from one part of the city to another collecting visual images en route that will be transformed into an artists' book.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous experience needed.

Content of Course

This three day course will  start off with a walk from Paterson's Land at Holyrood through the old town to The Meadows collecting images and reference material.

  • The first day will introduce different methods of collecting imagery that convey a journey through the landscape of the city. Experimenting with printmaking, collage and drawing.
  • The second day will concentrate on ways of transforming the research material into content for an artist book. Several book structures will be taught.
  • On the third day content and structure will be brought together as a finished piece.

Teaching method(s)

Part of the course will be on location walking from one part of town to another. Practical exercises will be shown introducing techniques, processes and concepts. There will be one set project to produce an artist book. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and a critique.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:


  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to research and record a journey through the city using different techniques and processes.


  • Explore content and structure and develop ideas within the context of the artist book.


  • Develop, design and make one finished artists' book derived from personal research and exploration


Core Readings

Bodman, S., 2005.Creating artists' books. London: A&C Black.

Bury, S., 1995.Artists' books: the book as a work of art, 1963-1995. Aldershot: Scolar Press

Edinburgh Printmakers, 2007.Edinburgh Printmakers, 40 Years of Original Prints, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Printmakers.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.