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Workshops & Pop-Ups


The Godine Library offers a variety of instruction sessions that faculty are invited to schedule for their courses. These usually last an hour and take place in the library. We offer the following session types:



Faculty can have a cart of library books delivered to and picked up from their classroom . They can either use the books in their teaching or simply have them available for students to browse during breaks. Carts can feature specific book requests or a mix put together by the librarians. Pop-ups can focus on practically any subject in art and design. Examples have included collage, fiber art, illustration, fashion sketching, the use of grids in art, and figure drawing.


Required for first-year Thinking, Making, Writing sections. With guidance from a librarian, students do hands-on research on previously selected topics. The session covers evaluating information especially when it comes from the web, how to use the Godine Library’s catalog and databases to access credible sources, as well as finding books in the stacks and requesting materials from other libraries. (Faculty teaching courses other than Thinking, Making, Writing can request a shortened version of this workshop as long as it is connected to a specific assignment.)


A presentation of the Godine Library’s collection of artists' books, with works by Julie Chen, Suzanne Lacy, Sol LeWitt, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, and more. Students learn about bookbinding techniques, book structures, the use of materials, the relation of text and image, and how form and content interact in artists’ book design. The presentation can also include some examples from the library’s collection of zines.


An introduction to the Munsell Color System (created by MassArt alum Albert Munsell) and the Interaction of Color by Josef Albers. Through interactive devices based on the Munsell System, students learn about the role that color standards play in everyday life. By looking at silkscreen plates from the original 1963 edition of the Interaction of Color, they discover that color is fluid and relative--that the chromatic environment of a hue determines how we perceive it.


A presentation of the Godine Library’s collection of social justice posters dating from the 1970s to now. Themes include the Vietnam War, the AIDS crisis, gender and sexuality, environmental issues, Black Lives Matter, reproductive rights, and the opioid epidemic.


An overview of the library’s collection of comics and graphic novels. Students learn about the history of comics and graphic novels, different stylistic traditions and approaches, and how works reflect and comment on social and political issues. Artists include Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Emil Ferris, Katsuhiro Otomo, Marjane Satrapi, and Chris Ware.


A presentation of highlights from the Godine Library’s collection of photographic books. It can be led by either an instructor or a librarian. Photographers include Diane Arbus, Sophie Calle, Roy De Carava, William Eggleston, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Rinko Kawauchi, Laura McPhee, Susan Meiselas, Dayanita Singh, and Stephen Shore.

Request a Class

If you would like to schedule a class or if you have any questions, please contact Greg Wallace at Please allow at least one week's notice when scheduling. Classes can start any time between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.