Colorado College is offering more than 30 “half block” courses during the Winter Break. The half block courses run from Jan. 7-17, and range from Tolstoy in Translation to Topical Issues in Neuroscience to Accelerated Portuguese to Winter Ecology.
Among the interdisciplinary courses offered is Printing in the Infernal Method: William Blake and the Idea of the Book, co-taught by Jared Richman, assistant English professor, and Aaron Cohick, printer of The Press at Colorado College.
This half block course provides students with an introduction to the poetry and art of the Romantic visionary and radical, William Blake, with an emphasis on examining Blake’s idiosyncratic printing methods in order to understand his place and impact upon visual culture and his role within 18th-century book production. Given that the challenge (and delight) of encountering Blake’s work often stems from the union of its textual and visual components, the class will spend time discussing the historical and theoretical relationship between the poetic and painterly aspects of Blake’s work.
In addition to holding daily seminar discussions on the course’s primary texts and supplemental readings in book theory, students also will work at The Press at Colorado College and in the printmaking studio in CC’s Art Department to study Blake’s printmaking techniques firsthand and ultimately produce their own collaborative illuminated book.
From its inception in 1978, The Press at Colorado College has served as a classroom for students interested in book arts and literature. Students at The Press learn to design books and broadsides, set type by hand and with the computer, make photopolymer plates, print on the letterpress, and bind books. The Press at CC also prints and publishes fine press artists’ books with writers and artists from around the world, and creates broadsides and posters for events connected to visiting writers and lecturers at Colorado College. Some of the books, broadsides, and ephemera created by The Press are included in the New York Public Library’s collections of the finest books printed in each decade.