Kelm offers private study programs for beginning to advanced students who require formal instruction. In conversation with you, he customizes the curriculum according to your needs and experience. (Some students come for a couple days, others for a couple years.)
A typical arrangement is to have Daniel spend an hour with you one-on-one at the beginning of the day, and then be available for consultation throughout the day as you work on your project in our well-equipped classroom. When someone is beginning a long course of study, Daniel often spends a great deal of time with them the first couple weeks in order to get them up and running, and then consultation time as needed thereafter. One of the advantages to this program is that you and Daniel make a custom plan for your course of study.
Another popular scenario is for an artist to come to Daniel for help designing the prototype for an edition. Daniel can (1) produce a prototype binding for or with you, (2) you can practice necessary skills for binding your edition under his guidance, and (3) leave confident—with all the jigs you need for an efficient and meticulous production of your edition.
Please contact Daniel if you would like to begin a conversation about creating your custom curriculum.
Allie Thompson explored book structures in depth as she created a set of cutaway models. The project, titled Book Building: Six Modern Cutaways, is now in the rare book collections of Smith, Wellesley, and Skidmore Colleges.
Laura Protzel studied with Kelm to gain support while she created a body of work for an exhibition—one of her requirements for graduation from Hampshire College.
Sammy Lee studied with Daniel while she did her graduate studies in design at UMass.