Moving Circles: Volvelles

with Stephanie Wolff
Wednesday, April 24; 5–8pm CT

Volvelles, sometimes known as wheel charts, are tools to help explain complex concepts and relationships. These structures have been used in historic books, promotional materials, devices to aid computation, as well as artistic applications. Two or more circles turn to show information through cut out windows. This virtual workshop covers a basic version of a volvelle and discussion of variations and ideas about incorporating content. Our focus will be on making models and learning how these devices function to create more complex and finished versions after the workshop. Examples of volvelles made by the teaching artist and others will be shown to help participants imagine possibilities for their own creations. Volvelles make engaging, interactive artist’s books. They can also make for playful and meaningful gifts to celebrate a friend or family member’s milestone—a birthday, graduation, or other special occasion.

The content and pacing of this workshop are designed for those with solid basic skills in making books such as accordions, one-sheet books, and sewn pamphlets.

Experience required
Certificate: 3 hours, Category B, C, or D

$108/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$54 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the Adult rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this participatory virtual workshop we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.
Materials: You are responsible for sourcing your own materials from the materials list. You are welcome to reach out to teaching artists with questions about materials in advance of the workshop (contact information is listed on the materials list). 

Please note: Registration closes 4/19 at midnight (CT).