Adult Classes

Feed your curiosity, stretch your creativity, and get your hands dirty!

MCBA offers classes for adults on a wide variety of topics and at all skill levels, from total beginner to seasoned expert. Supply fees cover workshop materials and expendable studio supplies such as solvents, rags, waste disposal, safety supplies and small tools. Sales tax is included in the total.

Adult classes are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Core Certificate or Advanced Certificate in Book Arts; more information is available on the Certificate Programs page.

Register ONLINE using the buttons below, IN PERSON at The Shop at MCBA, or BY PHONE at 612-215-2520.

Please make every effort to register at least one week in advance of any class. Decisions about whether to cancel a class or add a section are typically made one week prior to the start of the class. If online registration for a class is not available, you may call The Shop at 612-215-2520 to inquire about availability or put your name on a waiting list in case of any cancellations. Our complete registration and cancellation policies are available here.
 
 
**This page contains a list of all adult classes. Alternatively, visit the following pages for specific types of adult classes:

Binding & Boxmaking Classes
Origami, Calligraphy, & Design Classes
Papermaking & Paper Marbling Classes
Printing Classes

Adult Classes

Garden Monotypes

Garden Monotypes
with Mary Leikvold and Claudia Danielson
Thursdays, August 23, 30; 6-9pm

Calling all garden lovers! In this lively class, students will transform plant material from their garden (or someone else’s) into beautiful one-of-a-kind prints. Monotypes offer the artist the spontaneity of painting combined with the structure and deliberation of printmaking. In this class, workshop participants will learn the basics then experiment and explore. Students will leave the class with a portfolio of prints celebrating the garden. Actual garden ownership not required. Beginners and experienced printmakers welcome.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 ($85 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 8/2/18

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $75.00

Date: August 23, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Paper Marbling: Special Effects

Paper Marbling: Special Effects
with Sally Power
Saturday, August 25; 10am-4pm
Introduction to Marbling or equivalent required

Go beyond patterns and explore a range of marbling techniques that create special effects! These techniques include: moiré and Spanish moiré, which make the marbled sheet look as if it’s folded or underwater; and over-marbling, which adds depth and complexity to the patterns. Methods for using white space and marbling on colored paper will also be explored.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 10/07/18

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $75.00

Date: August 25, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Extreme Typesetting

Extreme Typesetting
with Jason Yoh
Sat-Sun, August 25 & 26; 10am-4pm

Break through the typographic grid by exploring historic and innovative methods for the composition of handset metal type. Manipulate the placement of type to create dynamic lockups on Vandercook cylinder presses in order to make round drink coasters, a small single sheet book, and self-directed projects.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$195 ($175 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 8/4/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: August 25, 2018

Single-Evening Screen Printing: Wear Your Art

Single-Evening Screen Printing: Wear Your Art
with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Wednesday, August 29; 6-9pm

Learn the basics of screen printing through a combination of demonstrations and hands-on experimentation. Design and cut a stencil, and hand-pull your own prints to make a one-of-a-kind t-shirt, tote bag, or bandana! Draw a design to make printed buttons! Bring your sketches and ideas to class.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B or D

$55 ($50 members) + $15 supply fee

Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 8/8/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 29, 2018

Introduction to Marbling (Section A)

Introduction to Marbling (Section A)
with Heather RJ Fletcher
Sunday, September 2; 10am–4pm

Experience the magic of marbling! Learn the basic process of marbling with acrylics, including recipes for the various components of the process. Make four basic patterns (stones, git-gel, nonpareil, and chevron), explore seasonal color palettes, and take home your own marbled papers ready to use for books, gifts, or decoration.
Certificate: 6 hours, Category A

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 8/13/18

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Price: $75.00

Date: September 2, 2018

Introduction to Screen Printing

Introduction to Screen Printing
with Michelle Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Wednesdays: September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10; 6-9pm

Focus on the basics of screen printing and gain the fundamental knowledge necessary to explore and experiment on your own. In MCBA's darkroom and screen printing studio, participants will learn the basics of design, screen exposure, ink and multi-color printing. Design demos will include hand-drawn images, photocopies, and hand-cut stencils. Printing demos will include registration techniques, ink mixing, and successful printing tips for paper, fabric, and apparel. This workshop is perfect for those who are new to the process or for those who want to continue building their skills in screen printing. Screen printers from beginner to advanced are welcome!
Certificate: 18 hours, Category A or D

$290 ($260 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $230, valid through 8/15/18

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Price: $230.00

Date: September 5, 2018

Letterpress I

Letterpress I
with Ruby Figueroa
Thursdays: September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11; 6-9pm

This introductory workshop offers you a thorough introduction to typesetting and presswork. Essential for any beginning printer or printmaker, this class will cover the basics of Vandercook press operation, studio tools and procedures, typography, image-making techniques, and edition printing. Perfect for beginners or those who wish to gain additional experience with presses. This class is a prerequisite for Letterpress II.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category A; fulfills letterpress requirement

$290 ($260 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $230, valid through 8/16/18

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Price: $230.00

Date: September 6, 2018

Dirty Works: Paste Papers

Dirty Works: Paste Papers
with Anna Shepard
Friday, September 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Paste paper was invented by bookbinders in an effort to find an affordable method for embellishing bindings in-house. Play with color and pattern while creating decorative papers using paste, acrylic paints and several unique tools.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: September 7, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Dirty Works: Pop-ups

Dirty Works: Pop-ups
with Olli Johnson
Friday, September 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Pop-ups take full advantage of the expressive potential of a book's imagery as they allow for moving, three-dimensional form within the book format. Combine dimension, movement, and interactive elements in your book works while learning fundamental folding and assembling technique. No prior paper engineering experience necessary, all experience levels welcome!

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: September 7, 2018

Dirty Works: Tiny Toothpick Journal

Dirty Works: Tiny Toothpick Journal
with Georgia A. Greeley
Friday, September 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn to use a piano hinge and simple toothpicks to make an unusual and dramatic-looking small book. Using interlocked folds and special cuts, this book holds together with no or minimal glue.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: September 7, 2018

Beginning Book Repair

Beginning Book Repair
with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, September 8 & 9; 10am-5pm
Intro to Binding (or equivalent) recommended

Where do you start with your collection of books that need some repair? With this course we will begin with the basics. Learning about the materials and adhesives used in repair and some simple techniques such as cleaning paper and cloth, tear mends, end sheet repair and replacement, reattaching loose or torn out pages and repairs to corners and spines. Students will learn minor repairs and recognize their limits. Bring three books in need of repair to the first class (no leather).

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A or B

$220 ($200 members) + $30 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 8/18/18

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Price: $220.00

Date: September 8, 2018

Introduction to Binding

Introduction to Binding
with Jana Pullman
Mondays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1; 6-9pm

Learn several binding styles and basic skills, plus important fundamentals of materials, equipment and techniques. Make an accordion with a pamphlet stitch, a long stitch binding, and a multi-signature case binding. Simple tools and methods will be used and discussed so each student can continue working at home.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A; fulfills bookbinding requirement

$195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 8/20/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: September 10, 2018

Introduction to Western-Style Papermaking

Introduction to Western-Style Papermaking
with Sarita Zaleha
Sat-Sun, September 15 & 16; 10am-5pm

Learn the tools, terminology, and procedures of Western-style papermaking as we process cotton and abaca fibers in the Hollander beaters, use moulds and deckles to form sheets, and explore 2-3 traditional drying techniques. Then, we'll up the ante by adding pigments, inclusions, and/or sizing. Focus will be on consistent sheet formation, and on a solid grounding in materials and technique.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A or D; fulfills core papermaking requirement

$220 ($200 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 8/25/18

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Price: $200.00

Date: September 15, 2018

Non-Adhesive Bindings: Elegance Without Glue

Non-Adhesive Bindings: Elegance Without Glue
with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, September 15, 9am-5pm and Sunday, September 16, 12-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Non-adhesive bindings are simple yet elegant choices for small editions and artist’s books. Make four bindings: a two-section pamphlet stitch with ribbon closure, an Asian stab binding, the dos equis binding, and a chevron long-stitch book. Explore material and design options with a variety of decorative papers for covers and text papers for book blocks. More alternative forms may be discussed as time allows.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A or D

$195 ($175 members) + $50 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 8/25/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: September 15, 2018

Intaglio Processes: Drypoint

Intaglio Processes: Drypoint
with Zach Cramer
Saturday, September 15; 10am-4pm
Beginners welcome

Intaglio printmaking is highly versatile medium utilized by artists in all fields as a direct process that encourages a rich variety of marks, tonal surfaces, and layer interaction. This course will demonstrate various drypoint techniques and processes for executing small fine art editions. Additionally, students are encouraged to experiment and use the intaglio process meaningfully in relation to their own imagery, as well as investigate methods of combining intaglio processes with their existing studio practice. Processes covered will include; direct drawing, creating tonal areas, wiping, and printing.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 ($85 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 8/25/18

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Price: $75.00

Date: September 15, 2018

Introduction to Design: Drawing for the Terrified II

Introduction to Design: Drawing for the Terrified II
with Sheila Asato
Wednesdays: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17; 6-9pm
Drawing for the Terrified I or equivalent is helpful, but not required

A continuation of Drawing for the Terrified, this class builds on basic drawing skills for those would like to grow their skills and need direction. Through a series of fun exercises, explore fundamentals of drawing while learning to see the world in a whole new way.

Certificate: 15 hours, Category A or B; fulfills Core design requirement

$240 ($220 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $200, valid through 8/29/18

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Price: $200.00

Date: September 19, 2018

Introduction to Design: Color and Composition

Introduction to Design: Color and Composition
with Laura Brown
Sat-Sun, September 22 & 23; 9am-4pm

Developing a visual language is essential for any artist. This two-day workshop will provide participants with a framework for creating images through exercises that emphasize experimentation and play. With a focus on color relationships and their effect on composition, methods will include collage, drawing, watercolor painting, and rubber stamp carving and printing.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A; fulfills core design requirement

$220 ($200 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 8/31/18

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Price: $220.00

Date: September 22, 2018

Dimensional Papermaking

Dimensional Papermaking
with Bridget O’Malley
Wednesdays: September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24; 6-9pm

Paper can be created and modified into amazing three-dimensional sculptural structures. Learn techniques for working with both Eastern and Western fibers to create three-dimensional work. Participants will have access to fibers including cotton, abaca, kozo, and flax and will learn to use a variety of plaster molds and armatures to create paper forms and volumes, as well as flexible molds which can be used to manipulate paper into a variety of shapes.

Certificate: 15 hours, Category A or B; fulfills Core papermaking requirement

$240 ($220 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $200, valid through 8/18/18

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Price: $200.00

Date: September 26, 2018

D.I.Y. Bindery Tools

D.I.Y. Bindery Tools
with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, September 29; 9am-5pm
Boxmaking experience helpful but not required

Outfit yourself for binding at home! Students will make a collapsible punching cradle, studio weights, press boards, two awls, and a case for binding needles — all essential tools for successful bookmaking.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 ($115 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $100, valid through 9/8/18

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Price: $100.00

Date: September 29, 2018

Letterpress II

Letterpress II
with Laura Brown
Mondays: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5; 6-9pm
Letterpress I (or equivalent) required

Become proficient on the Vandercook press while creating one collaborative class project and one self-directed project. Acquire technical skills with edition printing, mixing custom ink colors, roller height adjustment, and tympan change. Explore the making of books — sequence and narrative, page layout, image and text interplay, typography, and other considerations that go into producing a small book.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category B

$290 ($260 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $230, valid through 9/10/18

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Price: $230.00

Date: October 1, 2018

Dirty Works: Simple Sewn and Folded Books

Dirty Works: Simple Sewn and Folded Books
with Anna Shepard
Friday, October 5; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn basic materials, tools, and skills involved in the bookbinding process while exploring simple folded and sewn bindings. Experiment with a variety of materials to create soft-cover blank books.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: October 5, 2018

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing
with Erin Maurelli
Friday, October 5; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Gelli Plate printing is a playful approach to printmaking. This direct printing technique uses a gelatin substrate for printing by hand; no presses! Create beautifully textured images using acrylic paint and stencils. So much fun, it’s addictive.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: October 5, 2018

Dirty Works: Origami - Day of the Dead Skull

Dirty Works: Origami - Day of the Dead Skull
with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, October 5; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn to fold an origami skull to create a three-dimensional Day of the Dead portrait. Decorate your paper to create patterns on the skull, and make accessories such as hats, flowers, and bowties to dress up your creations!

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: October 5, 2018

Intermediate Book Repair

Intermediate Book Repair
with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, October 6 & 7; 10am-5pm
Intro to Binding (or equivalent) or Beginning Book Repair (or equivalent) required

The cover of a book takes on a lot of wear and tear over time. This course will focus on repairs to cloth covers. We will work with spine reinforcements, rebacking and reattaching loose covers. Bring three books in need of repair to the first class (no leather).

Certificate: 14 hours, Category B or C

$220 ($200 members) + $30 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 9/15/18

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Price: $180.00

Date: October 6, 2018

Cartonnage: Variations on Box Design

Cartonnage: Variations on Box Design
with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, October 13; 9am-5pm
Cartonnage experience helpful but not required

Modern cartonnage grows out of the long standing French tradition of covering small, unique containers with marbled papers or various decorative materials. Create two boxes with lids, one with curved ends and the other with angled ends, to demonstrate how one basic structure can be developed into a variety of boxes and unique containers. Learn or review the basics of cartonnage design and construction using various boards, measuring, cutting, and applying decorative papers.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 ($115 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $100, valid through 9/22/18

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Price: $115.00

Date: October 13, 2018

Knife Sharpening for Leather Paring

Knife Sharpening for Leather Paring
with Sue Bjerke
Monday, October 15; 6-9pm
All skill levels welcome; Required for Advanced Binding II: Full Leather Binding

A sharp knife is essential for proper leather paring. Learn to set the bevel and hone your leather knife to a finished edge ready to pare leather for bookbinding. Supply fee includes a paring knife and a honing apparatus of abrasive papers which can be used to maintain a fine edge. Scrap leather for testing the knife edge will be provided.
Complete instruction in paring leather for binding will take place in the Advanced Binding I: Half Leather Binding with Jana Pullman.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $45 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 9/24/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: October 15, 2018

Diffusion Dither to Vector Line Art: Digital File Preparation for Platemaking

Diffusion Dither to Vector Line Art: Digital File Preparation for Platemaking
with Kevin Brown, Proprietor of Smart Set, Inc.
Thursdays: October 18, 25, November 1, 8; 6-9pm
General knowledge of letterpress printing required

From etchings to photographs, learn how to achieve optimal results in translating a variety of imagery into photopolymer plates for letterpress. Explore a variety of options for digitally preparing your imagery for letterpress printing, including scanning and converting grayscale images to bitmaps, alternative methods of halftoning such as diffusion dithers, and strategies for color separations. While primarily a computer class, participants will get an opportunity to image film and make a 5 x 7 inch polymer plate.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B

$195 ($175 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 9/20/17

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Price: $155.00

Date: October 18, 2018

Introduction to Marbling (Section B)

Introduction to Marbling (Section B)
with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, October 20; 10am–4pm

Experience the magic of marbling! Learn the basic process of marbling with acrylics, including recipes for the various components of the process. Make four basic patterns (stones, git-gel, nonpareil, and chevron), explore seasonal color palettes, and take home your own marbled papers ready to use for books, gifts, or decoration.
Certificate: 6 hours, Category A

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 9/29/18

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Price: $75.00

Date: October 20, 2018

Little Boxes

Little Boxes
with Jody Williams
Saturday, October 20; 9:30am-5pm & Sunday, October 21; 12-5pm
Great for beginners

Get beyond cute and create small, well-crafted containers to put those tiny things in order. Adapting materials and processes for working small has been the focus of the instructor’s own work for many years. These intricate skills, along with traditional boxmaking techniques, will be used to make four different little boxes out of bookbinders’ board and paper: a cube with a detachable lid, a cigar-style box with a hinged lid, a double match box, and a portfolio box. This course covers material selection, precise measurement, and preparation, as well as ideas for tiny things to put in boxes.

Certificate: 12.5 hours, Category A

$200 ($180 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $160, valid through 9/29/18

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Price: $160.00

Date: October 20, 2018

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section A)

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section A)
with Sally Power
Sunday, October 21; 9am-3pm
Marbling experience required

Patterns are an essential technique of marbling. Designed for those who have experience marbling, this workshop will focus on patterns, such as nonpareil, chevron, and their variations. Through instruction and demonstrations, learn how a single traditional marbling pattern is a starting point for multiple variations. Experiment with patterns and begin to build your technique and palette with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout. This workshop is a prerequisite for Patterns II.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 9/30/18

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Price: $75.00

Date: October 21, 2018

Advanced Bookbinding I: Half-Bound Leather

Advanced Bookbinding I: Half-Bound Leather
with Jana Pullman
Mondays: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19; 6-9pm
Knife Sharpening for Leather Pairing and Intro to Binding (or equivalent) are required.

This class will introduce using leather in bindings. Students will sew a blank book on sunken cords with a tube spine lining to make a smooth rounded back to this binding. The binding will be finished with a leather covered spine and corners and hand marbled paper. The class will concentrate on the tools and techniques used with leather binding, including sharpening knives, paring leather and adhesives.
Certificate: 15 hours, Category B or C

$240 ($220 members) + $55 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $200, valid through 10/1/18

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Price: $200.00

Date: October 22, 2018

Introduction to Book Arts (Section A)

Introduction to Book Arts (Section A)
with Laura Brown and Ruby Figueroa
Sat-Sun, October 27 & 28; 9am-4pm

A perfect introduction to book arts! First, get your feet wet (literally!) in the paper studio, exploring the Western tradition of papermaking. Next, use screen printing to layer colors and shapes in a collaborative project. Investigate letterpress as you set type and create prints on the Vandercook press. Finally, bind a selection of your handmade and printed papers together into simple folded and pamphlet-stitched books. With a focus on learning several basic techniques, this class is perfect for experimentation and play across disciplines with a look at the relationship between material and process.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A

$220 ($200 members) + $50 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 10/6/18

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Price: $180.00

Date: October 27, 2018

Dirty Works: Screen Printing

Dirty Works: Screen Printing
with Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Friday, November 2; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn the basics of screen printing while creating your own unique print on a t-shirt and paper! Please bring your ideas and sketches to class (maximum 8 inches wide).

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: November 2, 2018

Dirty Works: Letterpress Printed Exquisite Corpse Poster

Dirty Works: Letterpress Printed Exquisite Corpse Poster
with Laura Brown
Friday, November 2; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Embrace collaboration and whimsy to create a poster using wood type from MCBA’s collection. Starting with a round of the surrealist parlor game exquisite corpse, the group will choose the best collaged phrases to set in type and print on the Vandercook press. Layering color and text will produce a playful and unique poster that exists at the intersection of visual and literary art.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: November 2, 2018

Dirty Works: Accordion Sampler

Dirty Works: Accordion Sampler
with Jill Weese
Friday, November 2; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Experiment with a variety of techniques in one beautiful hard cover accordion book. First participants will fold an accordion book, sewn in pages using a western pamphlet stitch, create a hidden page and pop-ups.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: November 2, 2018

Book Arts Seminar

Book Arts Seminar
with Multiple Instructors
Saturday, November 3; 9:30am-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Though designed for those enrolled in the Advanced Certificate program, the Book Arts Seminar may be of interest to anyone looking for a stronger contextual understanding of contemporary book arts. This class combines readings, discussions, and lectures from artists and scholars on a variety of topics ranging from the development of book structures to the nuts and bolts of professional practices. Lectures will be delivered by artists on their areas of expertise.

Certificate: 6.5 hours; fulfills seminar requirement for Advanced Certificate

$100 ($90 members) + $5 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $80, valid through 10/13/18

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Price: $80.00

Date: November 3, 2018

Experimental Print Techniques

Experimental Print Techniques
with Julie Baugnet
Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4; 10am-4pm
Beginners welcome

Discover simple print techniques for making multiples using two different presses: the etching press and the Showcard sign press. Learn non-toxic printmaking techniques that involve alternatives to traditional etching and printing with water-based inks. Experiment with techniques in mark making, roller printing, blind embossing, and watercolor monotype printing which provide immediate results and promotes spontaneity in your process. These quick, inventive techniques are designed to inspire your next print or book project.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 ($175 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 10/13/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: November 3, 2018

Japanese-Inspired Visual Journals

Japanese-Inspired Visual Journals
with Sheila Asato
Sat-Sun, November 3 & 4; 10am-4pm

Visual journals are a wonderful tool for getting the creative juices flowing, developing new ideas and exploring materials and methods from other cultures. In this class, you will start by making a Japanese stab-binding journal. Then you learn a variety of ways to use Japanese papers into your visual journal process. These will include chigiri-e (washi paper collage), kiri-e (paper cutting), monkiri (circular patterns) and simple Asian brushwork exercises utilizing watercolor and sumi ink. By the end of the class, you will have a basic understanding of how to use a variety of Japanese materials that you will be able to continue experimenting with on your own long after the class has ended.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 10/13/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: November 3, 2018

Paper Marbling: Special Effects

Paper Marbling: Special Effects
with Sally Power
Sunday, November 4; 9am-3pm
Introduction to Marbling or equivalent required

Go beyond patterns and explore a range of marbling techniques that create special effects! These techniques include: moiré and Spanish moiré, which make the marbled sheet look as if it’s folded or underwater; and over-marbling, which adds depth and complexity to the patterns. Methods for using white space and marbling on colored paper will also be explored.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 10/14/18

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Price: $75.00

Date: November 4, 2018

Crossed-Structure Binding

Crossed-Structure Binding
with Sue Bjerke
Wednesday, November 7; 6–9pm

This softcover binding offers endless combinations for weaving and stitching. Signatures are sewn to the cover making a sturdy journal that opens flat for ease of use. Covers can be cut from the same color paper or from a contrasting sheet creating infinite possible combinations. Elements of design and variation will be discussed as we make a 4x6” journal. This will be a versatile addition to your binding repertoire and makes a unique gift.
Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $30 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 10/17/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: November 7, 2018

Introduction to Book Arts (Section B)

Introduction to Book Arts (Section B)
with Laura Brown and Ruby Figueroa
Wednesdays: November 7, 14, 28, December 5; 6-9pm

A perfect introduction to book arts! First, get your feet wet (literally!) in the paper studio, exploring the Western tradition of papermaking. Next, use screen printing to layer colors and shapes in a collaborative project. Investigate letterpress as you set type and create prints on the Vandercook press. Finally, bind a selection of your handmade and printed papers together into simple folded and pamphlet-stitched books. With a focus on learning several basic techniques, this class is perfect for experimentation and play across disciplines with a look at the relationship between material and process.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A

$195 ($175 members) + $50 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 10/17/18

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Price: $195.00

Date: November 7, 2018

Charting an Art Practice

Charting an Art Practice
with Regula Russelle
Thursdays: November 8 & 15; 6-8pm

All artists, from professional to amateur, grapple with: how to make room for artmaking in our daily lives, how to respect our limitations and make peace with uncertainty, how to create realistic goals and work toward them, and how to connect with an audience. This participatory workshop explores how to shape a life in the (book) arts through writing, “map making,” conversation, and by considering examples.

Certificate: 4 hours, Category C or D

$75 ($65 members) + $5 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $55, valid through 10/18/18

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Price: $55.00

Date: November 8, 2018

Western-Style Papermaking with a Focus on Color

Western-Style Papermaking with a Focus on Color
with Bridget O'Malley
Sat-Sun, November 10 & 11; 10am-5pm

Learn the tools, terminology, and procedures of Western-style papermaking as we process cotton and abaca fibers in the Hollander beaters, use moulds and deckles to form sheets, and explore traditional drying techniques. Then we will up the ante by adding dyes, pigments, inclusions, and/or sizing. Focus will be on consistent sheet formation and on a solid grounding in materials and technique.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A or D; fulfills core papermaking requirement

$220 ($200 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 10/20/18

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Price: $180.00

Date: November 10, 2018

Kirie: The Japanese Art of Paper Cutting

Kirie: The Japanese Art of Paper Cutting
with Sheila Asato
Sat-Sun, November 10 & 11; 10am-4pm

Explore the Japanese art of Kirie (paper cutting) which has been experiencing a bit of a boom in Japan lately. Think of Kirie as drawing with an X-Acto knife. It is a very direct method of creating bold, satisfying designs in paper that work nicely in books, as well as for printmaking. Through the practice of Kirie, participants will learn how to see the beauty of line, contrast and negative spaces in a new and dynamic way that will enliven their work in book arts and beyond. No previous drawing or art experience is necessary to enjoy this lovely art form.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category D

$220 ($200 members) + $15 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 10/20/18

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Price: $180.00

Date: November 10, 2018

Calligraphy: Drawn Versals and Filigree

Calligraphy: Drawn Versals and Filigree
with Kris MacDonald
Sundays: November 11 & 18; 1-4pm

Think about the wonderful versal letters you have admired at the beginning of book chapters. You will learn to draw them with a pencil and then paint them in with gouache. Next add a bit of 15th century doodling, or filigree, to finish your versal. Perfect for a greeting card. Your color choices can make your letter appear historical or very modern.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 ($85 members) + $15 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 10/21/18

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Price: $95.00

Date: November 11, 2018

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section B)

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section B)
with Sally Power
Saturday, November 17; 9am-3pm
Marbling experience required

Patterns are an essential technique of marbling. Designed for those who have experience marbling, this workshop will focus on patterns, such as nonpareil, chevron, and their variations. Through instruction and demonstrations, learn how a single traditional marbling pattern is a starting point for multiple variations. Experiment with patterns and begin to build your technique and palette with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout. This workshop is a prerequisite for Patterns II.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 10/27/18

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Price: $75.00

Date: November 17, 2018

Weekend Introduction to Letterpress

Weekend Introduction to Letterpress (Section A)
with Sara R. Parr
Sat-Sun, November 17 & 18; 10am-6pm

Jump start your letterpress printing with this weekend intensive! This workshop is perfect for those who want to try letterpress but don’t have time for the six-week course or for rusty letterpress printers in need of a refresher. Learn the fundamentals of paper, ink and design. Then hand set type, carve a simple linoleum cut, and print a small edition of broadside prints on MCBA’s Vandercook presses.

Certificate: 16 hours, Category A; fulfills Core letterpress requirement

$250 ($225 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $200, valid through 10/27/18

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Price: $200.00

Date: November 17, 2018

Softcover Bindings with Diamond Stitch Patterns

Softcover Bindings with Diamond Stitch Patterns
with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, November 17; 9am-4pm

Learn two decorative binding stitches which have elegant sewing patterns exposed at the spine. The two variations are the Diamond X and the Connected Diamond. This softcover binding can be adapted to any size book for future projects. Both the books are suited for use as journals or letterpress small editions and are a fine addition to your binding repertoire. Binding experience helpful but not required.
Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$110 ($100 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $90, valid through 10/27/18

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Price: $90.00

Date: November 17, 2018

Extreme Marbling

Extreme Marbling
with Sally Power
Sunday, November 18; 9am-3pm
Marbling experience required

Focus on building marbling technique by creating patterns. Learn patterns that require manipulating the comb in a figure-eight shape as well as patterns created through use of a bouquet comb. Participants are encouraged to practice “pulling” patterns with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Developing your own patterns will also be discussed. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout.
This workshop builds on techniques learned in Introduction to Marbling and Marbling: Patterns I.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 10/28/18

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Price: $75.00

Date: November 18, 2018

Quirky Concertinas

Quirky Concertinas
with Georgia Greeley
Monday, December 3; 6-9pm

Learn about the concertina form by making three different styles of concertina books: a panel book, a door book, and a reversed-window concertina. Each participant will bring home three completed book models. Examples of additional variations on the concertina structure will be discussed as well as ideas for integrating content, both written and visual.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 11/12/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: December 3, 2018

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling
with Suzanne Hughes
Friday, December 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Explore paper marbling – try your hand at “throwing” color and building patterns that you can use to decorate cards, journals or other papercrafts.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: December 7, 2018

Dirty Works: Origami - Stars

Dirty Works: Origami - Stars
with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, December 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn the basics of folding while making a variety of origami stars which can be used as ornaments or strung together to create a garland.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: December 7, 2018

Dirty Works: Painting on the Press

Dirty Works: Painting on the Press
with Ruby Figueroa
Friday, December 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Experience letterpress printing on a Vandercook press! Print a poster using cuts and wood type. Taking an experimental approach to letterpress printing by using hand brayers to ink the forms, participants will create a unique and varied edition of prints.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: December 7, 2018