Handmade Nature Journal

with MCBA Teaching Artists

Explore papermaking, printing, and binding while making a nature-themed journal. Make paper with natural fiber and seeds for the pages of your journal. Print the cover of your journal using a printing press. Then, bind your cover and pages to create a journal with pockets to draw and collect your favorite plants.

$165 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $45 supply fee

For children ages 6-8:
Mon-Fri: June 17, 18, 19, 20, 21; 9am-12noon

For children ages 9-12:
Mon-Fri: June 17, 18, 19, 20, 21; 1-4pm

It’s All About Me: A Loft/MCBA Writing and Book Making Class

with Brenda Hudson and MCBA staff
Mon-Fri, July 8-12; 9am-noon
For youth 6-8 years old

Tell your own story of who you are and what you think, feel, and dream! We’ll show you how to use your writing and other materials to create a beautiful book, with you as the main character! You’ll go down to MCBA’s book arts studios to learn all the aspects of making a book, including working with a printing press, book binding, and creating materials in the wet studio that you then use to embellish your book about you! At the end of this class, you’ll take home a wonderful book version of yourself.

To register for this class, please visit the Loft Literary Center’s website: www.loft.org

Book Arts Intensive for Teens

with MCBA Teaching Artists
Wednesdays: July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7; 1-4pm
For teens 13-17 years old

Experiment and express yourself with book arts in this 5-week intensive for teens. Explore a new book arts process each day with supportive and engaging teaching artists. Students will marble paper, print on a printing press, make paper by hand, bind a hardcover sketchbook, and create an edition of zines.

$165 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $45 supply fee

If Animals Wrote Books: A Loft/MCBA Writing and Book Making Class

with Carolyn Williams-Noren and MCBA staff
Mon-Fri, July 15-19; 1-4pm
For youth 6-8 years old

This week, you’re an animal! Maybe you’re a horse, or a tiger, or a spider. How does your body feel? What do you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel? What happens to you? Spend lots of time writing a story about your animal self, and then come downstairs to MCBA and create a book about your animal. You will get your hands dirty in our wet studio, crank a real printing press, and bind and embellish your own unique book.

To register for this class, please visit the Loft Literary Center’s website: www.loft.org

This Book is a Monster: A Loft/MCBA Writing and Book Making Class

with Ellen Fee and MCBA staff
Mon-Fri, July 15-19; 9am-noon
For youth 6-8 years old

What if a book is more than a book? What if a book is really…a monster? Kids will craft monsters of their own making while learning the basics of creative writing and bookmaking. We’ll bring our monsters to life as we shape them into real books filled with poems, stories, and illustrations. With energetic topics and hands-on activities, this class is great for creative kids looking for an outlet for those summer wiggles. Together, we will learn about descriptive writing, poetry, character development, using a printing press, paper marbling, and pop-out books.

To register for this class, please visit the Loft Literary Center’s website: www.loft.org

Let’s Go to a Birthday Party

with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, July 16; 10am-noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Today’s birthday – and book fun – starts with Sandra Boynton’s Birthday Monsters! Track birthdays with a calendar book. Send a birthday invitation book. Tie up a shiny birthday present book. Wear a colorful birthday hat book. Bake a birthday cake book and add candles. Celebrate with iced birthday cookies.

Join Ellen Ferrari for Tuesday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into book arts projects. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning.

Adult/child pair: $40 (10% discount for MCBA memberss) + $5 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $20 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $2.50 supply fee

Let’s Go to the Museum

with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, July 23; 10am-noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Come and meet two artists in When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden. Learn to make paper with white cotton pulp, then “paint” your masterpieces with pulp in a rainbow of colors. Use colorful yarn and eye droppers for added artistic effects. “Art Opening” snacks will be served. Water safe shoes suggested.

Join Ellen Ferrari for Tuesday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into book arts projects. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning.

Adult/child pair: $40 (10% discount for MCBA memberss) + $5 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $20 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $2.50 supply fee

Fairy Tales, Myths, Magic, and Books: A Loft/MCBA Writing and Book Making Class

with Marie Olofsdotter and MCBA staff
Mon-Fri, July 29-Aug 2; 9am-noon
For children ages 9-11

Explore the timeless territory of magic as you write your own myth-inspired fairy tale! Students will record the hair-raising adventures of a main character who sets out on a magical journey to save a troubled world, along the way encountering menacing villains and mystical beings. Students invent their own settings, characters, and plot, then bring the magical world to life in a pop-up book. This class is perfect for anyone who loves to write, loves magic, and likes bookmaking.

To register for this class, please visit the Loft Literary Center’s website: www.loft.org

Let’s Go to the Junkyard

with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, July 30; 10am-noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Wander through the wonderful world of trash in Rodney A. Greenblatt’s wacky Aunt Ippy’s House of Junk. Turn wacky junk into one-of-a-kind books – CD m-folds, yogurt cup donut folds, TP tube scrolls and cereal box pop-ups. Fill with shredded money, leftover wallpaper, address stickers, and more. Enjoy “wacky” snacks.

Join Ellen Ferrari for Tuesday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into book arts projects. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning.

Adult/child pair: $40 (10% discount for MCBA memberss) + $5 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $20 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $2.50 supply fee

Let’s Go to the Pet Store

with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, August 6; 10am-noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Celebrate pets with And Here’s to You by David Elliot. Create imaginary pets with shape stamps. Fill a pet store with animal stamps and cookie cutters. Print pet pictures using letters D-O-G, C-A-T, etc. Celebrate running and flying pets with a roller stamp. Celebrate swimming pets by fish printing. Animal crackers for all.

Join Ellen Ferrari for Tuesday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into book arts projects. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning.

Adult/child pair: $40 (10% discount for MCBA memberss) + $5 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $20 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $2.50 supply fee

Book Arts Monarchs

with MCBA Teaching Artists

Explore the monarch butterfly’s four stages of transformation through book arts! Learn a new book arts process each day around the theme of transformation. Marble paper, print on a printing press, make an accordion book, create imagery with popups and cut-paper, and bind a hardcover sketchbook to fill with notes and drawings.

$165 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $45 supply fee

For children ages 6-8:
Mon-Fri: August 12, 13, 14, 15, 16; 9am-12noon

For children ages 9-12:
Mon-Fri: August 12, 13, 14, 15, 16; 1-4pm