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.

 

Adult Classes


 

Polymer Photogravure

Polymer Photogravure
with Claudia Danielson
Wednesdays: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-9pm

Experience the somewhat challenging but highly satisfying process of polymer photogravure in this introductory workshop. Learn how to create digital positives, etch plates with a UV exposure unit, and print images using an etching press. Instruction will cover the basics of image selection and criteria for choosing paper. Materials will be provided for each student to complete the class with a small edition of prints. Photoshop, photography, and printmaking experience is helpful but not required.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category B or D

$290 ($260 members) + $75 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $230, valid through 7/5/17

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $230.00

Date: July 26, 2017

Available Spaces: 0

Introduction to Western-Style Papermaking

Introduction to Western-Style Papermaking
with Dana LeMoine
Wednesdays: July 26, August 2, 9, 16; 6-9pm

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: 12 hours, Category A or D; fulfills Core papermaking requirement

$195 ($175 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 7/5/17

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $155.00

Date: July 26, 2017

Introduction to Marbling (Section C)

Introduction to Marbling (Section C)
with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, July 29; 10am-4pm
Great for beginners

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, moire/waved, git-gel, and nonpareil), 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 7/8/17

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $75.00

Date: July 29, 2017

Cyanotypes

Cyanotypes
with Sam Hoolihan
Sat-Sun, July 29 & 30; 10am-4pm

Explore one of the first photographic processes -- the cyanotype! The cyanotype produces beautiful blue images and doesn’t require a darkroom or enlarger, just sunlight and water. Learn how to make digital photo-negatives, coat various papers for printing, and use the sun and UV exposure unit to expose images. Explore toner baths that will completely change the coloration of the blue prints in amazing ways. Participants will take home their new collection of cyanotypes and information to continue to build their skills in the process.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category D

$195 ($175 members) + $45 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 7/8/17

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $155.00

Date: July 29, 2017

Beginning Book Repair

Beginning Book Repair
with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, July 29 & 30; 10am-5pm
Intro to Binding (or equivalent) recommended

Where do you to 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 corner 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 7/8/17

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $180.00

Date: July 29, 2017

Available Spaces: 0

Softcover Journal with Brightly-Hued Tapes

Softcover Journal with Brightly-Hued Tapes
with Sue Bjerke
Thursday, August 3; 6–9pm

This softcover journal is sewn on colorful linen tapes that are woven through the cover, both securing the book block and creating a colorful binding element. There are many options for lacing the tapes into a heavy paper cover to make different designs. This is a fun and versatile option to add to your binding repertoire. The finished journal will be approximately 4 ½ x 6 inches and and makes a unique gift.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B or D

$55 ($50 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 7/13/17

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $45.00

Date: August 3, 2017

Calligraphy: Gothic Black Letter

Calligraphy: Gothic Black Letter
with Kris MacDonald
Thursdays: August 3, 10, 17; 6-9pm

Gothic black letter calligraphy looks impressively difficult, and is surprisingly one of the easier hands to learn. Using broad-edged dip pens and walnut ink, you will learn both the minuscule and majuscule letters (lower and upper case). We will explore some different visual weights possible by manipulating pen scale on blocks of text writing, and will look at the work of some contemporary gothic lettering artists.

Certificate: 9 hours, Category D

$145 ($130 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $115, valid through 7/13/17

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Price: $115.00

Date: August 3, 2017

Dirty Works: Suminagashi

Dirty Works: Suminagashi
with Erin Maurelli
Friday, August 4; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Insight Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Suminagashi is a traditional form of paper marbling from Japan. The word Suminagashi literally translates to “floating ink.” Create lovely and unpredictable patterns using this ancient decorative technique.

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

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $35.00

Date: August 4, 2017

Available Spaces: 0

Dirty Works: Monkiri

Dirty Works: Monkiri
with Sheila Asato
Friday, August 4; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Insight Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Monkiri, the Japanese art of papercutting, involves cutting and folding paper to create unique, circular designs. Practice this art form with artist Sheila Asato. Learn how to use simple tools and techniques to begin exploring the sculptural dimensions of paper.

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

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $35.00

Date: August 4, 2017

Available Spaces: 0

Introduction to Design: Drawing for the Terrified!

Introduction to Design: Drawing for the Terrified!
with Sheila Asato
Sat-Sun, August 5 & 6; 10am-4pm

This class is for anyone who has ever wanted to draw but has been afraid to start! Through a series of fun exercises, you will explore the fundamentals of drawing while learning to see the world in a whole new way. It’s never too late to begin!

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A; fulfills Core design requirement

$195 ($175 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 7/15/17

Registration for this class is now closed.

 

Price: $155.00

Date: August 5, 2017

Origami: Kinetic Crane

Origami: Kinetic Crane
with Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesday, August 9; 6-9pm
All skill levels welcome

Learn to fold an origami crane or a variation of this traditional structure and make it into a small kinetic piece of art. Use it to decorate your desk, give as as gift, or incorporate into other artwork.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $10 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 7/19/17

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 9, 2017

Paper Marbling: Patterns I

Paper Marbling: Patterns I
with Sally Power
Saturday, August 12; 10am-4pm
Introduction to Marbling or equivalent required

Patterns are an essential technique of marbling. Designed for those who have experience marbling, this workshop will focus on patterns that build on the get-gel, nonpareil, and chevron patterns. 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 color palette with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout.
This workshop is a prerequisite for Extreme Marbling.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 7/22/17

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $75.00

Date: August 12, 2017

Polymer Platemaking for Letterpress

Polymer Platemaking for Letterpress
with Erin Maurelli
Sat-Sun, August 12 & 13; 10am-4pm
Letterpress I or equivalent required

Turn digital files, line drawings and more into polymer! Learn the use and operation of MCBA’s polymer platemaker, analog and digital negatives creation, options for digital file preparations, and use of plates on the Vandercook press.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B

$195 ($175 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 7/22/17

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Price: $155.00

Date: August 12, 2017

Introduction to Relief Printing

Introduction to Relief Printing
with Laura Brown
Sat-Sun, August 19 & 20; 10am-5pm

If you are curious about making prints, this is a great place to start learning! This workshop will provide a foundation of printmaking history and technique, giving participants the opportunity to develop fundamental skills in linoleum and woodblock cuts. You'll learn to pull prints on both the Vandercook and etching press, and we'll also go over the ins and outs of hand-printing so that you can continue your printmaking adventures in your home studio. Over the course of the class, each participant will be able to experiment with these skills while developing an edition of images. No printmaking experience necessary.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A

$220 ($200 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 7/29/17

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Price: $180.00

Date: August 19, 2017

Mixed Media Fold-Out Book

Mixed Media Fold-Out Book
with TJ Goerlitz
Saturday, August 19; 10am-4pm

In this single-day workshop, use various folding and cutting techniques to create a customized book with pages that fold out or include pockets. Paint, splatter, and drip your way through exercises designed to help jumpstart your creative content. This class is perfect for individuals who love to make books but struggle to fill the pages with content. Dress for mess.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 ($85 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 7/29/17

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Price: $75.00

Date: August 19, 2017

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book
with Jason Yoh
Friday, September 1; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Wander North Distillery; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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

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 1, 2017

Dirty Works: Flagbook Poetry

Dirty Works: Flagbook Poetry
with Georgia A. Greeley
Friday, September 1; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Wander North Distillery; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Create the simple yet dynamic flagbook structure developed by book artist and conservator Hedi Kyle and begin to explore possible content through poetry exercises.

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 1, 2017

Intermediate Book Repair

Intermediate Book Repair
with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, September 9 & 10; 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 8/19/17

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Price: $180.00

Date: September 9, 2017

Single-Evening Screen Printing: Greeting Cards

Single-Evening Screen Printing: Greeting Cards
with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Wednesday, September 13; 6-9pm

Learn the basics of screen printing through a combination of demos and hands-on experimentation. Draw or cut your design and hand-pull your own unique prints on greeting cards! Bring your sketches and ideas to class.

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

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Price: $75.00

Date: September 13, 2017

Dirty Works: Simple Sewn and Folded Books

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

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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 6, 2017

Dirty Works: Screen Printing

Dirty Works: Screen Printing
with Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Friday, October 6; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Sociable Cider Werks; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Learn the basics of screen printing while creating your own unique print on a t-shirt and paper!

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

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $35.00

Date: October 6, 2017

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing
with Erin Maurelli
Friday, November 3; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Indeed Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: November 3, 2017

Dirty Works: Pop-out Books

Dirty Works: Pop-out Books
with Jill Weese
Friday, November 3; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Indeed Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Discover how to transform a single sheet of paper into a three-dimensional sculptural book. Learn basic folding and cutting concepts for a pop-'out' book and then create several samples from different perspectives.

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 3, 2017

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling
with Suzanne Hughes
Friday, December 1; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Indeed Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: December 1, 2017

Dirty Works: Origami - Stars

Dirty Works: Origami - Stars
with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, December 1; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Indeed Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: December 1, 2017