Adult Classes

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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.

 

Summer 2015 Adult Classes


 

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, June 2; 6-9pm
Experience required. Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 2, 2015

Open Studio: Paper Beater Training

Open Studio: Paper Beater Training
Tuesday, June 2; 6-9pm
Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 2, 2015

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book
with Jes Lee Shimek
Friday, June 5; happy hour 5:30–6pm, class 6–8pm

Experience letterpress printing on a Vandercook press! Print a single-sheet book in two colors, then learn how to bind the simple book by hand.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: June 5, 2015

Dirty Works: Flag Book Poetry

Dirty Works: Flag Book Poetry
with Georgia A. Greeley
Friday, June 5; happy hour 5:30–6pm, class 6–8pm

Create the simple yet dynamic flag book structure, then explore possible content through poetry exercises.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: June 5, 2015

Open Studio: Marbling

Open Studio: Marbling
Saturday, June 6; 10am-4pm
Experience required. Advance registration required.

Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

 

 

 

Price: Free Event

Date: June 6, 2015

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, June 9; 6-9pm
Experience required. Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 9, 2015

Open Studio: Cutting Equipment Training

Open Studio: Cutting Equipment Training
Tuesday, June 9; 6-9pm
Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 9, 2015

Message and Medium: Connected Content through the Book Arts

Message and Medium: Connected Content through the Book Arts
with Regula Russelle
Free Roundtable Artist’s Talk Friday, June 12; 7pm
Workshop Saturday and Sunday, June 13–14; 10am–5pm
All skill levels welcome

The major focus of this class will be to expose students to the exciting scope of contemporary book art, both as practitioners and as appreciators of the art form. The techniques taught in class are designed to allow participants to continue making work at home on a kitchen table or desk.

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, MCBA hosts This is Book Art, a series of free presentations and reduced price workshops throughout 2015, offering opportunities for interaction, discussion and skill-building with leaders in the field. Normally $290 or more, these workshops are discounted thanks to special support from the Minnesota State Arts Board. All skill levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced.

Workshop participants also receive free admission to the Book Art Biennial Symposium (July 25-26, 2015) and an opportunity to share their artwork as part of our community exhibition, Parts of a Whole III (August through October 2015). Visit our This is Book Art page for more details on the entire series. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category B or C

$125 + $20 supply fee

This class is full and registration is now closed. To add your name to a waiting list in case of any cancellations, please call The Shop at 612-215-2520.

Price: $125.00

Date: June 13, 2015

Origami Minnesota

Origami Minnesota Meet-up
Sunday, June 14; 1-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Hosted by Origami Minnesota. Meet other folders, learn new models, see the latest books and papers, and join the group for fellowship! Bring books, models and ideas to share.

To learn more about Origami Minnesota, visit their Facebook page.

$5 payable at the meet-up; supply your own paper.
No need to pre-register, just drop in!

 

Price: Free Event

Date: June 14, 2015

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, June 16; 6-9pm
Experience required. Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 16, 2015

International Cartoonist Conspiracy Meet-up

International Cartoonist Conspiracy Meet-up
Saturday, June 20; 12-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Hosted by the Minneapolis cell of the International Cartoonist Conspiracy. Draw and chat with your fellow cartoonists at this monthly open studio meet-up. Location within the building will vary; check in at The Shop to confirm.

To learn more about the Cartoonist Conspiracy, visit their website.

FREE and open to the public. No need to pre-register, just drop in!

Price: Free Event

Date: June 20, 2015

Visual Journal Collective

Visual Journal Collective
with Suzanne Hughes
Monday, June 22; 7-9pm
All skill levels welcome

Do you keep a visual journal? Do you wonder how others approach this art form? Would you like an opportunity to get to know peers and be inspired by their work? Are you interested in a forum for exchanging information on the newest pens, paints, and other supplies? Do you want to commit time to practice your drawing skills or find a sketching partner? Do you just want to touch base each month with people who understand journaling? Attend a meeting of MCBA's Visual Journal Collective! This group is open to all visual journal artists of any skill level. We'll discuss methods, materials, and media. Group members will be encouraged to participate in round-robin journals and theme projects. At every meeting we'll have discussion, share our work, and engage our minds with a fun journaling exercise.

For information about this month's topic, check out the VJC Facebook group!

FREE and open to artists at all skill levels. No need to pre-register, just drop in!

Price: Free Event

Date: June 22, 2015

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, June 23; 6-9pm
Experience required. Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 23, 2015

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, June 30; 6-9pm
Experience required. Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 30, 2015

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, July 7; 6-9pm
Experience required. Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 7, 2015

Open Studio: Paper Beater Training

Open Studio: Paper Beater Training
Tuesday, July 7; 6-9pm
Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 7, 2015

Open Studio: Marbling

Open Studio: Marbling
Saturday, July 11; 10am-4pm
Experience required. Advance registration required.

Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

 

 

Price: Free Event

Date: July 11, 2015

Origami Minnesota

Origami Minnesota Meet-up
Sunday, July 12; 1-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Hosted by Origami Minnesota. Meet other folders, learn new models, see the latest books and papers, and join the group for fellowship! Bring books, models and ideas to share.

To learn more about Origami Minnesota, visit their Facebook page.

$5 payable at the meet-up; supply your own paper.
No need to pre-register, just drop in!

 

Price: Free Event

Date: July 12, 2015

5 Centers, 5 Weeks, 5 Media (Summer session)

5 Centers, 5 Weeks, 5 Media (Summer session)
Five Mondays: July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10; 6-9pm
Great for beginners; all skill levels welcome

Work and routine wearing you out? Tired of cooking up art with the same old ingredients? Join this class and experience a veritable banquet of creative techniques, as you sample the offerings of five different centers for art.

MCBA, Northern Clay Center, IFP Media Arts, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and the Textile Center join forces for a multimedia exploration of clay, bookmaking, textiles, filmmaking and printmaking. Each session will take place at a different art center and will include a brief tour of the center and hands-on, medium-specific work with a professional artist. Participants will be encouraged to stretch their creative muscles and take risks with new art forms. You will walk away from the class with five completed projects, renewed creativity, and perhaps a lifelong passion for a new art form. After registration, participants will receive a schedule and map for each location.

$195 ($175 for current members of any of the participating centers)

Register online through Northern Clay Center (beginning March 3) or call 612-339-8007.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 13, 2015

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, July 14; 6-9pm
Experience required. Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 14, 2015

Open Studio: Cutting Equipment Training

Open Studio: Cutting Equipment Training
Tuesday, July 14; 6-9pm
Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 14, 2015

Art Camp for Educators: 5 Centers, 5 Weeks, 5 Media

Art Camp for Educators: 5 Centers, 5 Weeks, 5 Media
Five Thursdays: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13
Designed for teachers of grades 6-12

The Five Centers for Art (MCBA, Northern Clay Center, IFP Media Arts, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and the Textile Center) announce a special educational opportunity for Minnesota art educators. Join us for a unique progressive arts experience as you travel to each of the five art centers for intriguing medium-specific demonstrations and hands-on art-making. See examples of contemporary fibers and textiles, prints, book arts, and pots and sculpture. Learn new techniques to enhance your classroom instruction, and get to know other art educators in your community. This is a great opportunity to learn some new tricks of the trade and to earn CEU clock hours at the same time! Participants will receive a schedule and map for each location after registration.

$195 ($175 for current members of any of the participating centers)

Register online through Northern Clay Center (beginning March 3) or call 612-339-8007.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 16, 2015

Open Studio: Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers)

Open Studio: Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers)
Saturday, July 18; 10am-4pm
Experience required. Advance registration required.

Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

 

 

Price: Free Event

Date: July 18, 2015

International Cartoonist Conspiracy Meet-up

International Cartoonist Conspiracy Meet-up
Saturday, July 18; 12-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Hosted by the Minneapolis cell of the International Cartoonist Conspiracy. Draw and chat with your fellow cartoonists at this monthly open studio meet-up. Location within the building will vary; check in at The Shop to confirm.

To learn more about the Cartoonist Conspiracy, visit their website.

FREE and open to the public. No need to pre-register, just drop in!

Price: Free Event

Date: July 18, 2015

Visual Journal Collective

Visual Journal Collective
with Suzanne Hughes
Monday, July 20; 7-9pm
All skill levels welcome

Do you keep a visual journal? Do you wonder how others approach this art form? Would you like an opportunity to get to know peers and be inspired by their work? Are you interested in a forum for exchanging information on the newest pens, paints, and other supplies? Do you want to commit time to practice your drawing skills or find a sketching partner? Do you just want to touch base each month with people who understand journaling? Attend a meeting of MCBA's Visual Journal Collective! This group is open to all visual journal artists of any skill level. We'll discuss methods, materials, and media. Group members will be encouraged to participate in round-robin journals and theme projects. At every meeting we'll have discussion, share our work, and engage our minds with a fun journaling exercise.

For information about this month's topic, check out the VJC Facebook group!

FREE and open to artists at all skill levels. No need to pre-register, just drop in!

Price: Free Event

Date: July 20, 2015

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, July 21; 6-9pm
Experience required. Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 21, 2015

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, July 28; 6-9pm
Experience required. Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 28, 2015

Open Studio: Marbling

Open Studio: Marbling
Saturday, August 1; 10am-4pm
Experience required. Advance registration required.

Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

 

 

Price: Free Event

Date: August 1, 2015

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 4; 6-9pm
Experience required. Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 4, 2015

Open Studio: Paper Beater Training

Open Studio: Paper Beater Training
Tuesday, August 4; 6-9pm
Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 4, 2015

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

Origami Minnesota

Origami Minnesota Meet-up
Sunday, August 9; 1-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Hosted by Origami Minnesota. Meet other folders, learn new models, see the latest books and papers, and join the group for fellowship! Bring books, models and ideas to share.

To learn more about Origami Minnesota, visit their Facebook page.

$5 payable at the meet-up; supply your own paper.
No need to pre-register, just drop in!

 

Price: Free Event

Date: August 9, 2015

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 11; 6-9pm
Experience required. Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 11, 2015

Open Studio: Cutting Equipment Training

Open Studio: Cutting Equipment Training
Tuesday, August 11; 6-9pm
Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 11, 2015

Visual Journal Collective

Visual Journal Collective
with Suzanne Hughes
Monday, August 17; 7-9pm
All skill levels welcome

Do you keep a visual journal? Do you wonder how others approach this art form? Would you like an opportunity to get to know peers and be inspired by their work? Are you interested in a forum for exchanging information on the newest pens, paints, and other supplies? Do you want to commit time to practice your drawing skills or find a sketching partner? Do you just want to touch base each month with people who understand journaling? Attend a meeting of MCBA's Visual Journal Collective! This group is open to all visual journal artists of any skill level. We'll discuss methods, materials, and media. Group members will be encouraged to participate in round-robin journals and theme projects. At every meeting we'll have discussion, share our work, and engage our minds with a fun journaling exercise.

For information about this month's topic, check out the VJC Facebook group!

FREE and open to artists at all skill levels. No need to pre-register, just drop in!

Price: Free Event

Date: August 17, 2015

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 18; 6-9pm
Experience required. Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 18, 2015

International Cartoonist Conspiracy Meet-up

International Cartoonist Conspiracy Meet-up
Saturday, August 22; 12-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Hosted by the Minneapolis cell of the International Cartoonist Conspiracy. Draw and chat with your fellow cartoonists at this monthly open studio meet-up. Location within the building will vary; check in at The Shop to confirm.

To learn more about the Cartoonist Conspiracy, visit their website.

FREE and open to the public. No need to pre-register, just drop in!

Price: Free Event

Date: August 22, 2015

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 25; 6-9pm
Experience required. Visit our Open Studio page for details and to register.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 25, 2015