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

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

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

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

Marbling Lab

$45 ($40 members); $15 supply fee
Marbling experience required

Open Studio: Marbling is now called Marbling Lab

Marbling lab provides access to marbling tools and equipment in MCBA’s wet studio for practitioners to build their skills outside of classes. Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers use of 16×20 inch tanks of carrageenan, alum, brushes, cups and eye droppers; supply your own Golden Fluid Acrylics and paper.

*Carrageenan is used for western-style marbling only. If you plan to practice suminagashi, please call the Shop to let a staff member know so carrageenan is not prepared for you unnecessarily.

*Paint: While many different kinds of inks, paints, and watercolors may be used in the marbling process, we recommend using Golden Fluid Acrylics with our equipment.

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Introduction to Marbling (Section A)

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, January 12; 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 in bookbinding and other arts.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category A

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Book Art Critique Seminar

with Laura Brown
Saturdays: January 12, February 2, March 2, April 6; 1-4pm

Using the Critical Response Method developed by choreographer Liz Lerman, this group meeting is designed to give objective, supportive feedback on larger, in-progress projects. This class provides structure, accountability, and space for exchanging technical and conceptual ideas. Come prepared to share in-progress work and constructive feedback.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category C

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $5 supply fee

Origami: Lanterns

with Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesday, January 16; 6-9pm

Illuminate your space with origami lanterns this winter! In this evening workshop, learn to fold two lanterns with beautiful paper. Lanterns will be pure origami – no cuts, no glue! Lanterns will be illuminated with battery powered tea lights, which are provided.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 supply fee

Letterpress I

with Sara R. Parr
Wednesdays: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20; 6-9pm

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

Certificate: 18 hours, Category A; fulfills letterpress requirement

$290 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Introduction to Binding

with Jana Pullman
Thursdays: January 17, 24, 31, February 7; 6-9pm

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

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A; fulfills bookbinding requirement

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Japanese Papermaking and Decoration

with Bridget O’Malley
Thursdays: January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14; 6-9pm

Great for beginners

Explore the tools and techniques of Japanese papermaking and decoration. Learn fiber preparation including cooking, cleaning and hand beating; sheet formation, pressing and drying techniques and a variety of surface decoration techniques including momigami, katazome, dyeing, and suminagashi. Finished papers can range from strong yet nearly translucent sheets to papers with decorative layers and inclusions, with sizes ranging from 5×7 inches to 5×7 feet! Wear clothing that can get dirty and shoes that can get wet (i.e. rubber boots, garden clogs etc.).

Certificate: 15 hours, Category A; fulfills core papermaking requirement

$240 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Introduction to Design: Notan Intensive

with Sheila Asato
Sat-Sun, January 19 & 20; 10am-4pm

Learn how to transform a flat two-dimensional surface into a dynamic visual composition through the use of Notan, Japanese for light-dark design. Notan focuses on the interaction between positive and negative spaces, which is exemplified in such ancient images as the Yin-Yang symbol. Through a series of fun paper-based exercises, learn how to design more effectively in a way that will have a positive impact on your work in the book arts, printmaking, and beyond.

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

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Origami: Chinese Zodiac

with Kathleen Sheridan
Saturday, January 26; 10am-4pm

Learn to fold a little book that highlights all twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac! Instruction covers the book structure and zodiac origami models. Once folded, each page can be designed and embellished as desired.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Calligraphy: Gothic Black Letter

with Kris MacDonald
Sundays: January 27, February 3, 10; 1-4pm

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, learn both the minuscule and majuscule letters (lower and upper case). 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 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Origami: Year of the Pig

with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, January 31; 6-8pm

Learn to fold a origami pig, curly tail and all, to celebrate the Year of the Pig. Explore this fold by making a few pigs with a variety of papers.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$40 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $5 supply fee