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The Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY is the best preserved and most complete complex of buildings remaining in the United States of the “guilds” that evolved as centers of craftsmanship and philosophy during the late 19th century. The Campus, designated a National Historic Landmark district (NHL) in 1986, contains nine of the original 14 structures including the Inn, the Chapel, the Print Shop, the Furniture Shop, and the Copper Shop. The historic Roycroft Campus will inspire visitors to experience the creativity, ideals and future of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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The Book as a Work of Art

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The Roycroft Campus was founded by Elbert Hubbard whose main focus was on writing and publishing books. Students will follow in the footsteps of Hubbard creating a variety of book structures, as a way to learn about the art of bookbinding and the industry of the Roycroft Campus. This workshop will include three different activities chosen from a menu of options, such as a single-cut book, a pamphlet stitched journal or a sculptural book, like the pop-up accordion. Other activities could include suminagashi paper marbling, illuminated letters and a 19th century printing press demonstration.

This can be for a small group working one on one with a Roycroft artisan, or for larger groups, with a series of workstations which students rotate through. These activities can be custom designed according to the needs of the school and correlated to individual subject areas and the curriculum.

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.
Grade Level:
3-12
Audience Limit:
30

The Roycroft Campus Tour

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Students and teachers will participate in a one and a half hour tour of the Roycroft Campus, the birthplace of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. The docent-led tour will consist of historical information on Elbert Hubbard, the Arts and Crafts Movement in general, and the Roycroft Artisans and Campus. Interior and exterior architectural spaces will be explored in a variety of buildings on the Campus, as well as original and current Roycroft artwork.

Teachers can choose from a variety of activities to be included with the tour, such as a scavenger hunt that incorporates map reading skills, or “I Spy” architectural elements, which has students taking a closer look at the structures and their surroundings. These activities can add an additional hour or more on to the visit depending on the activity and size of your group. The tour and activities can be custom designed according to the needs of the school and their curriculum.

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.

 
Grade Level:
3-12
Audience Limit:
30