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 Decoration Classes
Printing Classes

Adult Classes

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling
with Suzanne Hughes
Friday, June 1; 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

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $35.00

Date: June 1, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Dirty Works: Papercutting in Full Color

Dirty Works: Papercutting in Full Color
with Marnie Karger and Curt Lund
Friday, June 1; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Explore papercutting as a way to create imagery. Make and take a batch of unique cards with hand-cut designs and multi-colored layers, using any kind of imagery you can dream up. Then learn a simple binding technique to convert cards into little pocket journals.

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: June 1, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing
with Erin Maurelli
Friday, June 1; 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

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $35.00

Date: June 1, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Letterpress I Intensive

Letterpress I Intensive
with Bill Myers
Mon-Fri, June 4-8; 10am-3pm
Great for beginners

This introductory intensive offers a thorough introduction to typesetting and presswork. Students will start with printing a collaborative project, and then design and print an edition of broadsides with text and a simple image of their choosing. Through the course of their projects, participants will learn the basics of Vandercook press operation, studio tools and procedures, typography, and a variety of printmaking techniques, focusing on creation of a beautiful edition of broadsides (prints), expertly printed. Perfect for beginners or those who wish to gain additional experience with presses, this class is a prerequisite for Letterpress II.

Certificate: 25 hours, Category A; fulfills letterpress requirement

$380 ($350 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $315, valid through 5/14/18

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Price: $315.00

Date: June 4, 2018

Paper Marbling Intensive (Section A)

Paper Marbling Intensive (Section A)
with Sue Bjerke, Heather RJ Fletcher, and Sally Power
Mon-Fri, June 4-8; 9am-3pm
All skill levels welcome

This week-long paper marbling workshop using acrylic paints is designed for both beginning and more experienced marblers. Through instruction and demonstrations, you will learn or review the basic recipes for carrageenan, etc. and the classic patterns. Expand your marbling horizons by marbling on wooden items and a variety of formed paper masks. We will also include side-bar discussions on such things as tool and paint making, and marbling fabrics for those interested. This workshop offers time to build your technique and trouble-shoot with seasoned practitioners as well as develop your color palette and cultivate your marbling style.

Certificate: 30 hours; Category A or B

$380 ($350 members) + $120 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $315, valid through 5/4/18

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $315.00

Date: June 4, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Charting an Artist Practice Intensive

Charting an Artist Practice Intensive
with Regula Russelle
Mon-Fri, June 4-8, 10am-1pm

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,” and conversation. Concurrently, we will work on one or two small, handmade books to connect theory and practice. Techniques taught are with inexpensive tools and materials that you can use to make small books on a kitchen table or a desk.

Certificate: 15 hours, Category C or D

$240 ($220 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $200, valid through 5/14/18

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Price: $200.00

Date: June 4, 2018

Japanese Woodblock Printing

Japanese Woodblock Printing
with Emily Hoisington
Saturdays, June 9, 16, 23; 9am-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Make a multi-color woodblock print from start to finish while learning a portable, water-based printing method. Japanese woodblock printing uses watercolor inks applied with a brush and printed by hand, which makes this an easy technique to continue at home. Learn to separate colors, transfer a design, carve a woodblock, and sharpen tools along with techniques for printing gradations and textures. Students are asked to bring a 5x7” drawing to the first class. Supply fee includes a set of carving tools for students to take home. For students that already have carving tools, the supply fee can be reduced to $50. This workshop may be repeated and the instructor will adapt the material to both beginning and advanced students.

Certificate: 21 hours, Category D

$290 ($260 members) + $100 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $230, valid through 5/19/18

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Price: $230.00

Date: June 9, 2018

Pulp Painting

Pulp Painting
with Ruby Figueroa
Sat-Sun, June 9 & 10; 10am-4pm

Up your papermaking game with pulp painting! Start with an overview of Western-style sheet forming, then learn ways of incorporating images onto wet sheets of paper using pigmented pulp. Techniques will include stenciling and free form drawing and painting for unique results. Papermaking experience is beneficial, but not required.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$195 ($175 members) + $30 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 5/19/18

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Price: $175.00

Date: June 9, 2018

Letterpress II Intensive

Letterpress II Intensive
with CB Sherlock
Mon-Fri, June 11-15; 10am-3pm
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: 25 hours, Category B

$380 ($350 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $315, valid through 5/21/18

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Price: $315.00

Date: June 11, 2018

A Rainbow of Possibilities: Color Approaches for Handmade Paper

A Rainbow of Possibilities: Color Approaches for Handmade Paper
with Mary Hark and Maria Wood
Mon-Fri, June 11-15; 10am-3pm
All skill levels welcome

This team-taught, week-long intensive will cover innovative uses of aqueous disperse pigments, an introduction to easy-to-use natural dyes including walnut and indigo, and other ways of coloring pulp and finished dried sheets. The first days will focus on paper production with a review of appropriate fibers and pulp processing for different coloring processes. By the end of the week all participants will have produced a beautiful portfolio of papers that make use of all the processes covered and a variety of fibers, accompanied by recipes and directions for continued production. Experienced papermakers are encouraged to bring papers they have produced for dyeing.

Certificate: 25 hours, Category C or D

$380 ($350 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $315, valid through 5/21/18

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Price: $315.00

Date: June 11, 2018

Cartonnage: Clock

Cartonnage: Clock
with Sue Bjerke
Sunday, June 17; 9am-5pm

It’s time to do something new in cartonnage: a clock. The project will use your cartonnage skills and for newcomers, all the box-making basics will be covered. As we make the clock housing we will include discussion of how use a plinth, make curved sides, and to make variations on design and size. Students will learn that one basic structure can be developed into a variety of sizes. Each structure is unique and makes a great gift! Modern cartonnage grows out of the long standing French tradition of covering small utility containers with various decorative materials and offers a great use for your marbled papers. In this class, we will review the essential elements of making unique containers from book board, then covering those structures with decorative papers. Students will learn the basics of design and construction using various boards, as well as the ins and outs of measuring, cutting, and applying decorative papers. All structural components will be hand cut in class, the supply fee covers the clock works.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category B or D

$130 ($115 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $100, valid through 5/27/18

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Price: $130.00

Date: June 17, 2018

Origami: Fireworks

Origami: Fireworks
with Kathleen Sheridan
Monday, June 18; 6-9pm

Get ready for the upcoming July 4th holiday with your own paper fireworks. Students will learn to fold a magical, modular form called fireworks. This origami wonder is made from 12 pieces, all folded the same way then put together to form the final model. Once you learn this stunning and fun model, you will want to make many more to experiment with colors and sizes. It’s as addicting and enjoyable to make as it is to play with and give away.
Certificate: 3 hours; category D

$55 ($50 members) + $15 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 6/11/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: June 18, 2018

Carousel Books

Carousel Books
with Erin Maurelli
Thursdays, June 21 & 28; 6-9pm

Create a free-standing structure with this variation on the accordion book. This book can function as a readable book or as a small sculpture. Skills include folding, paper cutting, and story-boarding. Prepared materials provided. Prerequisites: Intro to book binding or intro to book arts.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category C or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 5/31/18

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Price: $85.00

Date: June 21, 2018

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section A)

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section A)
with Sally Power
Saturday, June 23; 10am-4pm
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 4/21/18

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Price: $85.00

Date: June 23, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Dirty Works: Relief Printing

Dirty Works: Relief Printing
with Dana LeMoine
Friday, July 6; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Relief block printing is fun and easy. Learn how to carve your very own two-color design. Once carving is finished, explore a variety of ways to hand-print your blocks. Please bring a black and white 4 x 6 inch drawing to class (colors can be changed during the printing process).

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: July 6, 2018

Dirty Works: Pop-ups

Dirty Works: Pop-ups
with Olli Johnson
Friday, July 6; 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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: July 6, 2018

Dirty Works: Origami - Butterflies

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

Learn to fold a variety of origami butterflies to decorate your home, a letter, or to incorporate into your artwork.

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: July 6, 2018

Spirited Journaling

Spirited Journaling
with Sheila Asato
Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-9pm

The creative spirit expresses itself through image, color, shape, texture and language. Spirited journaling is a way to explore and expand our inner lives, to strengthen our creative muscles, deepen our understanding and work with dreams. In this class you will cultivate that creative spirit through a variety of practices including simple bookbinding, watercolor, collage and lettering. No artistic experience necessary, just a willingness to explore. You will leave with a unique journal filled with pages that reflect your expanding creative spirit.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 ($175 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 6/18/18

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Price: $195.00

Date: July 9, 2018

Intermediate Papermaking: Exploring the Handmade Paper-to-Print Link

Intermediate Papermaking: Exploring the Handmade Paper-to-Print Link
with Bridget O'Malley
Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8; 6-9pm

The connection between paper and print is obvious. Sometimes overlooked are the many possibilities of imparting imagery into the paper as it is made and after it is dried. Investigate the paper-to-print link through the use of such techniques as: watermarking, stencil blow-outs, embossing, screen printing with paper pulp, low relief casting onto linoleum blocks, and more.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category B, C, or D

$290 ($260 members) + $50 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $230, valid through 6/20/18

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Price: $260.00

Date: July 11, 2018

Mixed Media Die Cuts

Mixed Media Die Cuts
with TJ Goerlitz
Thursday, July 12; 6-9pm

Turn your two-dimensional creation into a three-dimensional container! Learn how a flat sheet of paper can be transformed into a variety of containers after cutting and folding. Start by scraping, splattering, and layering acrylic, watercolor, gouache, colored pencils, and stamps. Then use MCBA’s die cutting machine to quickly cut your paper so it can be folded into a unique box shape. Experiment with various styles. Dress for mess.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B

$55 ($50 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 6/21/18

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Price: $220.00

Date: July 12, 2018

Ephemer(ish) Platen Letterpress Printing

Ephemer(ish) Platen Letterpress Printing
with Jason Yoh
Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, August 2; 6-9pm

Explore the outer limits of correspondence art and printed ephemera by thinking small. Using MCBA’s amazing collection of platen presses and wood and metal type, instruction will cover a range of topics including multi-color registration, and finishing processes like die cutting and perforation. Create editions of your own original small art objects like facsimile postage stamps and postcards. This class will be a great opportunity to try new tools and techniques.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$195 ($175 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 6/21/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: July 12, 2018

Introduction to Screen Printing

Introduction to Screen Printing
with Dana LeMoine
Thursdays: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9; 6-9pm

This course will focus on the basics of screen printing, providing students with the fundamental knowledge necessary to explore and experiment on their own. In MCBA's darkroom and screen printing studio, students 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 and successful printing tips for paper, plywood, fabric and apparel. The class will culminate with a group critique of work produced by each during the course as well as a class print exchange.
Certificate: 15 hours, Category A or D

$240 ($220 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $200, valid through 6/21/18

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Price: $200.00

Date: July 12, 2018

Pasta Press Bookplates

Pasta Press Bookplates
with Laura Andrews and Dean Trisko
Saturday, July 14; 10am-4pm

Did you know that you could make a small-scale printing press from a pasta press? Design, etch and print your own bookplates in this workshop. This class will introduce you to the basics of intaglio printing, and show you methods of adapting a pasta press into a tiny printing press. Each participant will create a bookplate design, etch and print their copper plate, and leave class with their own unique bookplates. Some experience helpful, but open to all levels.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 ($85 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 6/23/18

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Price: $85.00

Date: July 14, 2018

Screen Printed Single-Sheet Zines

Screen Printed Single-Sheet Zines
with Fiona Avocado
Saturdays, July 14, 21, 28; 1-5pm
Intro to screen printing or equivalent experience required

Take your basic screen printing skill sets further by combining illustration, screen printing, and book forms to create your own screenprinted tiny zines. Come with an idea for a story, illustrate it on sheets of vellum to create transparencies. Practice multi-color screen printing and registration, and explore the potential of the single-sheet book form. Leave with copies of your zine, and exchange with other class participants to start building your own zine library!

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 6/23/18

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Price: $195.00

Date: July 14, 2018

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section B)

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section B)
with Sally Power
Sunday, July 15; 10am-4pm
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 6/24/2018

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Price: $75.00

Date: July 15, 2018

Introduction to Marbling (Section B)

Introduction to Marbling (Section B)
with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, July 21; 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, 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 6/30/18

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Price: $75.00

Date: July 21, 2018

Hand Tooling on Books with Foils

Hand Tooling on Books with Foils
with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, July 21-22; 10am-5pm

Foils should not be limited to just stamping machines and in this workshop we will cover to both traditional and alternative decorative techniques using hand tools. We will use the different type of foils, real 23kt gold, metallic and pigmented colors, on leather, cloth and paper to show the advantages foil can have over the traditional gold leaf tooling. This class will helpful to learn to use the tools, jigs and patterns used in decorative tooling, Participants can bring a binding that is covered in leather or cloth to work on.
Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee;
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 6/30/16

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Price: $155.00

Date: July 21, 2018

Folded Secrets: Chinese Thread Book Version III

Folded Secrets: Chinese Thread Book Version III
with Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesday, July 25; 6-9pm

Originally made of fabric, the thread book was used as a sewing kit to carry thread, needles, and scraps of material. The thread book is unique, fun and useful, with many compartments in which to store small treasures. Learn how to fold this book and use it as a fancy card, a place to keep your favorite paper ephemera (samples of special paper or color swatches), as an insert on an altered book, or whatever you dream up. Feel free to bring your own lightweight papers.
Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 7/4/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 25, 2018

Make Marbling Tools

Make Marbling Tools
with Sue Bjerke
Sunday, July 29; 9am-5pm

Learn how to make marbling tools! Build at least four combs/rakes for creating classic marbling patterns, custom-sized to your own personal tank sizes. Alternative tool-making methods will be discussed so additional custom tools may be developed to support your own pattern ideas. Please provide dimensions (length x width x height) of your marbling tank when registering for this workshop.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 ($115 members) + $15 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $100, valid through 7/8/18

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Price: $130.00

Date: July 29, 2018

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book
with Jason Yoh
Friday, August 3; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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: August 3, 2018

Dirty Works: Suminagashi

Dirty Works: Suminagashi
with Erin Maurelli
Friday, August 3; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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

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Price: $35.00

Date: August 3, 2018

Dirty Works: Tunnel Book

Dirty Works: Tunnel Book
with Jill Weese
Friday, August 3; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Using simple folded and cut paper with glue, create a 3-dimensional scene in this popular sculptural book. Watch the book transform with the addition of sections, creating depth and detail.

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: August 3, 2018

Intermediate Binding: Bradel Binding

Intermediate Binding: Bradel Binding
with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, August 4 & 5; 10am-5pm

Invented in the 19th century by French binder Alexis Bradel, this binding was meant to be a temporary binding. Refined by others, it developed into a permanent binding sturdier than a case binding, It works well with small or large multi-signature books. In this workshop we will make a small paper covered book and a larger book with the signatures rounded and backed covered with a three piece cloth case.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category D

$195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 7/14/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: August 4, 2018

Trace Monotypes for Illustration

Trace Monotypes for Illustration
with Julie Benda
Saturday, August 4; 10am-4pm

In this class, learn the basics of trace monotype as well as how to manipulate ink on acrylic glass to create backgrounds, foregrounds, textures, and patterns. Apply these methods in combination with drawing and collage to create a series of layered, one-of-a-kind illustrations. This class is for anyone who feels their print/illustration/design practice is in need of some new energy, and is interested in print techniques that can be replicated at home with simple, affordable materials.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 7/14/18

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Price: $85.00

Date: August 4, 2018

Envelope-Style Portfolio

Envelope-Style Portfolio
with Sue Bjerke
Monday, August 6; 6-9pm

This portfolio makes a good container either to securely transport or store your loose papers, records, etc. Make a 9”x12” to handle standard size papers in class, and leave with the skills to adjust the size for a variety of needs. Crafted with an envelope closure, and made using heavy cover stock and book cloth, the portfolio will be embellished with marbled paper. It makes a great gift!
Certificate: 3 hours, Category B or D

$55 ($50 members) + $20 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 6, 2018

Weekend Introduction to Letterpress

Weekend Introduction to Letterpress (Section A)
with Sara R. Parr
Sat-Sun, August 11 & 12; 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 7/21/2018

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Price: $200.00

Date: August 11, 2018

Paper Marbling Intensive (Section B)

Paper Marbling Intensive (Section B)
with Sue Bjerke, Heather RJ Fletcher, and Sally Power
Mon-Fri, August 13-17; 9am-3pm
All skill levels welcome

This week-long paper marbling workshop using acrylic paints is designed for both beginning and more experienced marblers. Through instruction and demonstrations, you will learn or review the basic recipes for carrageenan, etc. and the classic patterns. Expand your marbling horizons by marbling on wooden items and a variety of formed paper masks. We will also include side-bar discussions on such things as tool and paint making, and marbling fabrics for those interested. This workshop offers time to build your technique and trouble-shoot with seasoned practitioners as well as develop your color palette and cultivate your marbling style.

Certificate: 30 hours; Category A or B

$380 ($350 members) + $120 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $315, valid through 7/23/18

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $315.00

Date: August 13, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Creative Liberties in Hand-Lettering

Creative Liberties in Hand-Lettering
with TJ Goerlitz
Monday, August 13; 6-9pm

Take your cursive or handwriting to the next level in this one night class by exploring pens in various nib sizes and colors. Experiment with tips and tricks to liven up your letters. This is intended for exploration, not technical mastery. Bring your own journal and an assortment of your favorite pens.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B or D

$55 ($50 members) + $5 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 7/23/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 13, 2018

Introduction to Design: Drawing for the Terrified

Introduction to Design: Drawing for the Terrified
with Sheila Asato
Wednesdays, August 15, 22, 29, September 5, 12; 6-9pm

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: 18 hours, Category A; fulfills Core design requirement

$290 ($260 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $230, valid through 7/25/18

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Price: $290.00

Date: August 15, 2018

Kirie: The Japanese Art of Paper Cutting

Kirie: The Japanese Art of Paper Cutting
with Sheila Asato
Sat-Sun: August 18 & 19; 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 7/28/18

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Price: $200.00

Date: August 18, 2018

Vandercook Maintenance

Vandercook Maintenance
with visiting artist Paul Moxon
Sat-Sun, August 18 & 19; 10am–5pm

This two-day workshop, led by Paul Moxon, is a lecture/demo developed for artist/printers to guide them in the proper care and adjustment of Vandercook presses. (This information is applicable to other brands such as Asbern, Challenge, Reprex). Participants need not be mechanically inclined, but should have some familiarity with proof presses and may handle tools and press parts.
Certificate: 14 hours, Category B or C

$320 ($290 members) + $5 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $260, valid through 7/28/18

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Price: $290.00

Date: August 18, 2018

Special Topics in Papermaking: Eco-Printing

Special Topics in Papermaking: Eco-Printing
with Bridget O'Malley
Sunday, August 19; 10am-4pm

Eco Printing is a form of natural dyeing where the colors from plant leaves and flowers are transferred to paper or fabric via steaming or boiling. This class will explore the many possibilities of color and textures found in the bounty of plants that the end of summer provides. Bring papers and textiles, and discover the possibilities to create unique prints and papers for use in handmade books, covers, and letterpress printing.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category C or D

$95 ($75 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $55, valid through 7/29/18

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Price: $55.00

Date: August 19, 2018

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

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Price: $95.00

Date: August 23, 2018

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

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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

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

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

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

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Price: $35.00

Date: October 5, 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

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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

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Price: $35.00

Date: November 2, 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