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

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

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

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) + $80 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $200, valid through 10/1/18

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $240.00

Date: October 22, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

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

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $180.00

Date: October 27, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

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

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: $90.00

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: $195.00

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: $85.00

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: $55.00

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: $155.00

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

Origami: Winter Garland

Origami: Winter Garland
with Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesday, November 14; 6-9pm

Fold a forest of origami pine trees to admire, decorate, or give away during the winter months. Three (or more) variations will be taught using a variety of unique papers.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

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

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Price: $55.00

Date: November 14, 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 Extreme Marbling.

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: $95.00

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: $110.00

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: $55.00

Date: December 3, 2018

Origami: Pine Trees

Origami: Pine Trees
with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, December 6; 6-9pm

Fold a forest of origami pine trees to admire, decorate, or give away during the winter months. Three (or more) variations will be taught using a variety of unique papers.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $10 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 11/15/18

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Price: $55.00

Date: December 6, 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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: December 7, 2018