Handmade Artist Book

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Handmade Artist Book

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In this multi-day residency, students will consider books as an art form, not just as a vehicle for content. Using felting techniques and stitching, students will create a book cover from sheep wool and then write and illustrate the pages. Information about different fibers and the plants and animals they came from are woven into the content of the Handmade Artist Book residency as well.

Sample Common Core connection: 
RI.4.7: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, timelines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


Typically, residencies range from $2,500 and up, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:

  • A kick-off assembly (performing arts only)
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session
  • A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
  • A student culminating or sharing event
  • An evaluation meeting

"Katherine Dilworth is hands down, the best artist that I have ever worked with for our school’s residency program. She is not only impeccably organized and prepared, but her ability to collaborate with other teachers to provide the best program for our students speaks volumes about her professionalism. Katherine’s ability to reach the students was nothing short of extraordinary; every single student was engaged in the project at every step and eager to return for the following session. She was able to make connections from the students' current curriculum to the felting process. This was an outstanding program." —Leah Ellert, Art Teacher, Bannockburn Elementary School

"100% student engagement from start to finish." —Tyrese, Teacher, The Commodore John Rodgers School