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, rakes, 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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Origami: Lanterns – FULL

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 – FULL

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 – FULL

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 – FULL

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 – FULL

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

Dirty Works: Papercutting in Full Color – FULL

with Marnie Karger and Curt Lund
Friday, February 1; 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

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling – FULL

with Suzanne Hughes
Friday, February 1; 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

Dirty Works: Valentine Postcard Printing

with Laura Brown
Friday, February 1; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Get to know MCBA’s platen presses, perfect for printing small items like postcards. Together, the class will set a few short phrases in wood or large metal type, and print sets of special postcards for sending to the ones you love!

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

Valentine Postcard Printing

with Laura Brown
Sunday, February 3; 10am-4pm

Get to know MCBA’s platen presses, the perfect presses for letterpress printing small items like postcards. Set a short phrase in wood or large metal type and print a small edition of unique postcards for sending to the ones you love!

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee (NO EARLY BIRD)

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section A)

with Sally Power
Sunday, February 3; 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 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Garden Monotypes

with Claudia Danielson and Mary Leikvold
Sundays: February 3 & 10; 1-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Shake off the doldrums of winter and create a portfolio of prints celebrating summer with the magic of monotypes. Transform plant material and stencils into beautiful one-of-a-kind prints. Monotypes offer printers the spontaneity of painting combined with the structure and deliberation of printmaking. The process is fun and freeing for everyone, from beginners to experienced artists. Learn the basics, then experiment and explore the medium under the guidance of two experienced printmakers and instructors.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee