Marbling Lab

$45 (10% discount for MCBA members) +$15 supply fee
Marbling experience required
Multiple Saturday offerings; 10am-4pm

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 Acrylic paint and paper. Please note: 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.

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Intermediate Screen Printing: Fun with Layers – CLOSED

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Thursdays: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-9pm
Screen printing experience required

This project-driven course will focus on the methods, techniques, and procedures employed in screen printing an edition of prints with multiple layers. Gain fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to confidently explore and experiment within the medium of screen printing, including registration methods and techniques, creating analog and digital color separations and artwork for films, mixing inks, printing effectively, and planning for successful screen prints with all of the above. Each participant will create at least one edition of prints over the course of the class and will have the opportunity to participate in a group print exchange. Participants will also have the option to make simple prints on apparel.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category C

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

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section B)

with Sally Power
Saturday, April 27; 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

Clamshell Box – FULL

with Jana Pullman
Saturday, April 27; 10am-5pm
Boxmaking experience required

Also known as a drop spine box, the clamshell box is the basic all-purpose box to preserve and store valuable books, photographs and other works on paper. Make a single wall drop spine box using precut materials, and learn measuring and cutting techniques to continue making boxes on your own, custom made to fit your own books or objects.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category B or D

$110 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Introduction to Design: Color and Composition

with Laura Brown
Sat-Sun, April 27 & 28; 9am-4pm

Developing a visual language is essential for any artist. This two-day workshop will provide participants with a framework for creating images through exercises that emphasize experimentation and play. With a focus on color relationships and their effect on composition, methods will include collage, drawing, watercolor painting, and rubber stamp carving and printing.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A; fulfills core design requirement

$220 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Extreme Marbling

with Sally Power
Sunday, April 28; 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 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Dirty Works: Letterpress Postcards

with Laura Brown
Friday, May 3; 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 unique, hand-printed postcards.

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: Origami Tulip Garden

with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, May 3; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Celebrate the arrival of spring by learning to fold a small, paper tulip garden. Instruction will cover basic origami folding techniques and participants will go home with information to fold more tulips and a colorful, paper garden.

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: Zine Making 101

with Fiona Avocado
Friday, May 3; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn how to make a folded, eight-page, tiny zine out of one sheet of paper. Create and design your zine using writing, illustration, and/or collage. Leave the workshop with a completed tiny zine and skills to create more zines at home.

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

Quick and Dirty Letterpress Broadsides

with Monica Edwards Larson
Saturday, May 4; 10am-4pm

Experience the art and craft of letterpress printing while getting your hands dirty making message-driven broadsides. Peruse a selection of broadsides featuring political messages and poetry, then learn beginning typesetting using wood and metal type. Each participant will design and print their own small edition of broadsides on the Vandercook press. The workshop consists of technical demonstrations on press operation, hand inking with brayers, and various simple image-printing processes. Experience the satisfaction of printing your unique message through the physical process of letterpress printing!

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Modern Marbling – FULL

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Sunday, May 5; 10am-4pm
Intro to Marbling and Patterns I required

Take your marbling skills to a new level! In this one-day workshop, learn to make newly-designed, contemporary patterns. Inspired by traditional marbling, these patterns bring a familiar but fresh take on a centuries-old art form. Class discussions include the science of marbling, critiques, and troubleshooting. Participants will take their marbled paper home ready to use for bookbinding and other arts.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

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

Letterpress I

with Ruby Figueroa
Wednesdays: May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12; 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 Core letterpress requirement

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

Origami Boxes for Gift-Giving

with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, May 9; 6-9pm

Packaging is essential to gift-giving – so why not make your packaging unique? In this class, construct three unique boxes appropriate for summer gifting with a variety of decorative papers. If you are new to origami, boxes and bags are a great way to get started in this amazing art form.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

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

Introduction to Concertina

with Sue Bjerke
Thursday, May 16; 6-9pm

The concertina or accordion is the simplest of book forms, but has numerous variations and applications. This class will focus on several concertina book structures: hard cover triangle, hard cover non-adhesive, wrap around cover with closure, and the single sheet surprise format. Other variations of versatile concertina possibilities will be discussed as time allows.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category A

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Cartonnage: Magic Box

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, May 18; 9am-5pm

Amaze your friends with a magic box! Sometimes called a Jacob’s Ladder box, this magic box has a low profile design with three sections and opens from two sides, making it appear to have secret compartments. Students will learn the essential elements of making unique containers from book board along with basics of design and construction, the ins and outs of measuring, cutting and applying decorative paper, and easy ways to create variations of the design.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee