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:

All Adult Classes
Binding & Boxmaking Classes
Papermaking & Paper Marbling Classes
Printing Classes

Origami, Calligraphy, & Design Classes

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

Origami: Square Chinese Thread Book

Origami: Square Chinese Thread Book
with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, October 18; 6-9pm
Folding experience helpful, but not necessary.

This folded book structure was developed in Northern China and is traditionally used to store thread, needles and other embroidery materials. Use this one as a treasured item, to give as a gift with treats in each pocket, or any way you’d like to!

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $15 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 9/27/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: October 18, 2018

Introduction to Book Arts (Section A)

Introduction to Book Arts (Section A)
with Laura Brown and Ruby Figueroa
Sat-Sun, October 27 & 28; 9am-4pm

A perfect introduction to book arts! First, get your feet wet (literally!) in the paper studio, exploring the Western tradition of papermaking. Next, use screen printing to layer colors and shapes in a collaborative project. Investigate letterpress as you set type and create prints on the Vandercook press. Finally, bind a selection of your handmade and printed papers together into simple folded and pamphlet-stitched books. With a focus on learning several basic techniques, this class is perfect for experimentation and play across disciplines with a look at the relationship between material and process.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A

$220 ($200 members) + $50 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 10/6/18

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Price: $180.00

Date: October 27, 2018

Book Arts Seminar

Book Arts Seminar
with Multiple Instructors
Saturday, November 3; 9:30am-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Though designed for those enrolled in the Advanced Certificate program, the Book Arts Seminar may be of interest to anyone looking for a stronger contextual understanding of contemporary book arts. This class combines readings, discussions, and lectures from artists and scholars on a variety of topics ranging from the development of book structures to the nuts and bolts of professional practices. Lectures will be delivered by artists on their areas of expertise.

Certificate: 6.5 hours; fulfills seminar requirement for Advanced Certificate

$100 ($90 members) + $5 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $80, valid through 10/13/18

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Price: $90.00

Date: November 3, 2018

Introduction to Book Arts (Section B)

Introduction to Book Arts (Section B)
with Laura Brown and Ruby Figueroa
Wednesdays: November 7, 14, 28, December 5; 6-9pm

A perfect introduction to book arts! First, get your feet wet (literally!) in the paper studio, exploring the Western tradition of papermaking. Next, use screen printing to layer colors and shapes in a collaborative project. Investigate letterpress as you set type and create prints on the Vandercook press. Finally, bind a selection of your handmade and printed papers together into simple folded and pamphlet-stitched books. With a focus on learning several basic techniques, this class is perfect for experimentation and play across disciplines with a look at the relationship between material and process.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A

$195 ($175 members) + $50 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 10/17/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: November 7, 2018

Kirie: The Japanese Art of Paper Cutting

Kirie: The Japanese Art of Paper Cutting
with Sheila Asato
Sat-Sun, November 10 & 11; 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 10/20/18

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Price: $180.00

Date: November 10, 2018

Calligraphy: Drawn Versals and Filigree

Calligraphy: Drawn Versals and Filigree
with Kris MacDonald
Sundays: November 11 & 18; 1-4pm

Think about the wonderful versal letters you have admired at the beginning of book chapters. You will learn to draw them with a pencil and then paint them in with gouache. Next add a bit of 15th century doodling, or filigree, to finish your versal. Perfect for a greeting card. Your color choices can make your letter appear historical or very modern.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 ($85 members) + $15 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 10/21/18

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Price: $95.00

Date: November 11, 2018

Origami: Winter Garland

Origami: Winter Garland
with Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesday, November 14; 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 10/17/18

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Price: $55.00

Date: November 14, 2018

Origami: Pine Trees

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

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Price: $55.00

Date: December 6, 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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: December 7, 2018