Origami, Calligraphy, & Design Classes

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 origami, calligraphy, and design classes. Alternatively, visit the following pages for other adult classes:

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Origami, Calligraphy, & Design Classes

Dirty Works: Papercutting in Full Color

Dirty Works: Papercutting in Full Color
with Marnie Karger and Curt Lund
Friday, June 1; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 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

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Price: $35.00

Date: June 1, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Charting an Artist Practice Intensive

Charting an Artist Practice Intensive
with Regula Russelle
Mon-Fri, June 4-8, 10am-1pm

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,” and conversation. Concurrently, we will work on one or two small, handmade books to connect theory and practice. Techniques taught are with inexpensive tools and materials that you can use to make small books on a kitchen table or a desk.

Certificate: 15 hours, Category C or D

$240 ($220 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $200, valid through 5/14/18

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Price: $200.00

Date: June 4, 2018

Origami: Fireworks

Origami: Fireworks
with Kathleen Sheridan
Monday, June 18; 6-9pm

Get ready for the upcoming July 4th holiday with your own paper fireworks. Students will learn to fold a magical, modular form called fireworks. This origami wonder is made from 12 pieces, all folded the same way then put together to form the final model. Once you learn this stunning and fun model, you will want to make many more to experiment with colors and sizes. It’s as addicting and enjoyable to make as it is to play with and give away.
Certificate: 3 hours; category D

$55 ($50 members) + $15 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 6/11/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: June 18, 2018

Dirty Works: Origami - Butterflies

Dirty Works: Origami - Butterflies
with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, July 6; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn to fold a variety of origami butterflies to decorate your home, a letter, or to incorporate into your artwork.

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: July 6, 2018

Spirited Journaling

Spirited Journaling
with Sheila Asato
Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-9pm

The creative spirit expresses itself through image, color, shape, texture and language. Spirited journaling is a way to explore and expand our inner lives, to strengthen our creative muscles, deepen our understanding and work with dreams. In this class you will cultivate that creative spirit through a variety of practices including simple bookbinding, watercolor, collage and lettering. No artistic experience necessary, just a willingness to explore. You will leave with a unique journal filled with pages that reflect your expanding creative spirit.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 ($175 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 6/18/18

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Price: $195.00

Date: July 9, 2018

Mixed Media Die Cuts

Mixed Media Die Cuts
with TJ Goerlitz
Thursday, July 12; 6-9pm

Turn your two-dimensional creation into a three-dimensional container! Learn how a flat sheet of paper can be transformed into a variety of containers after cutting and folding. Start by scraping, splattering, and layering acrylic, watercolor, gouache, colored pencils, and stamps. Then use MCBA’s die cutting machine to quickly cut your paper so it can be folded into a unique box shape. Experiment with various styles. Dress for mess.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B

$55 ($50 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 6/21/18

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Price: $220.00

Date: July 12, 2018

Folded Secrets: Chinese Thread Book Version III

Folded Secrets: Chinese Thread Book Version III
with Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesday, July 25; 6-9pm

Originally made of fabric, the thread book was used as a sewing kit to carry thread, needles, and scraps of material. The thread book is unique, fun and useful, with many compartments in which to store small treasures. Learn how to fold this book and use it as a fancy card, a place to keep your favorite paper ephemera (samples of special paper or color swatches), as an insert on an altered book, or whatever you dream up. Feel free to bring your own lightweight papers.
Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 7/4/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 25, 2018

Creative Liberties in Hand-Lettering

Creative Liberties in Hand-Lettering
with TJ Goerlitz
Monday, August 13; 6-9pm

Take your cursive or handwriting to the next level in this one night class by exploring pens in various nib sizes and colors. Experiment with tips and tricks to liven up your letters. This is intended for exploration, not technical mastery. Bring your own journal and an assortment of your favorite pens.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B or D

$55 ($50 members) + $5 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 7/23/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 13, 2018

Introduction to Design: Drawing for the Terrified

Introduction to Design: Drawing for the Terrified
with Sheila Asato
Wednesdays, August 15, 22, 29, September 5, 12; 6-9pm

This class is for anyone who has ever wanted to draw but has been afraid to start! Through a series of fun exercises, you will explore the fundamentals of drawing while learning to see the world in a whole new way. It’s never too late to begin!

Certificate: 18 hours, Category A; fulfills Core design requirement

$290 ($260 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $230, valid through 7/25/18

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Price: $290.00

Date: August 15, 2018

Kirie: The Japanese Art of Paper Cutting

Kirie: The Japanese Art of Paper Cutting
with Sheila Asato
Sat-Sun: August 18 & 19; 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 7/28/18

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Price: $200.00

Date: August 18, 2018

Dirty Works: Origami - Day of the Dead Skull

Dirty Works: Origami - Day of the Dead Skull
with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, October 5; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn to fold an origami skull to create a three-dimensional Day of the Dead portrait. Decorate your paper to create patterns on the skull, and make accessories such as hats, flowers, and bowties to dress up your creations!

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: October 5, 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