I-20. Book Illustration Processes to 1900

Terry Belanger

“If you want to learn the ‘how to’ of illustrations, this is the course for you.” — 2017 student

Course Length: 30 hours
Course Week: 9–14 July 2023
Format: in person, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA
Fee: $1,395

The identification of illustration processes and techniques, including (but not only) woodcut and wood-engraving, etching, line engraving, stipple, aquatint, mezzotint, lithography, steel engraving, collotype, gravure and aquatint photogravure, and process line and halftone black-and-white and three-color relief printing.

Almost the sole medium of instruction in this lecture course will be actual examples of original prints drawn from the extensive RBS collections. Most of these examples have been divided into individual packets all from the same (or a very similar) source, with one example for each student. Students will study the packets under close supervision, using 8X loupes and 30X microscopes (both provided), as necessary.

The course will include laboratory sessions in which students will make and proof a relief cut, an etching, and a drypoint. No artistic talent is assumed or expected.

The course, which is aimed at students who have had little previous instruction or experience in identifying illustration processes, is not best suited for those who are interested primarily in a single illustration process or chronological period, or who have significant experience in making intaglio and relief prints.

Course History

2005–
Terry Belanger teaches this course, as "Book Illustration Processes to 1900."
2001–2004
Terry Belanger teaches this course, as "Book Illustration Processes to 1890."
1995–2000
Terry Belanger teaches this course, as "Book Illustration to 1890."
1991–1994
Terry Belanger teaches this course, as "Book Illustration to the Year 1880."
1990
Terry Belanger teaches this course, as "Book Illustration to the Year 1900: Techniques in Context."
1983–1987
Terry Belanger and Joan Friedman co-teach this course, as "Book Illustration to 1860: Techniques in Context."

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Terry Belanger

Terry Belanger

In September 2009, Terry Belanger retired as founding Director of Rare Book School and University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia. He is a 2005 MacArthur fellow.

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