Dirty Works: First Fridays at MCBA

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Escape the digital world — get your hands dirty and make something! Check out Dirty Works, MCBA’s First Fridays happy-hour workshop series!

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a new series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; absolutely no experience needed.

Each Dirty Works starts with a Happy (Half) Hour from 5:30 to 6pm, then a hands-on activity from 6 to 8pm. Pair it with dinner at one of the many great restaurants in our neighborhood for a perfect date night!

Happy Hour refreshments are provided by members of Minneapolis’ own Northeast Brewers and Distillers Association, with seasonal baked goodies from Patisserie Margo. See each class listing for that month’s participating brewery.

Due to popular demand, each First Friday now has two Dirty Works options! Activities run concurrently; register for one or the other, not both.


 

Dirty Works: Paste Papers

Dirty Works: Paste Papers
with Anna Shepard
Friday, April 7 ; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by NorthGate Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Paste paper was invented by bookbinders in an effort to find an affordable method for embellishing bindings in-house. Play with color and pattern while creating decorative papers using paste, acrylic paints and several unique tools.

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: April 7, 2017

Dirty Works: Origami - Cats and Dogs

Dirty Works: Origami - Cats and Dogs
with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, April 7 ; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by NorthGate Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Learn some origami basics while folding a variety of cat and dog models to enjoy as they are or incorporate into other book and paper projects.

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: April 7, 2017

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book
with Annie Walsh Alvarado
Friday, May 5; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Dangerous Man Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Experience letterpress printing on a Vandercook press! Print a single-sheet book in two colors, then learn how to cut and fold the simple book by hand.

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: May 5, 2017

Dirty Works: Petal Fold Books

Dirty Works: Petal Fold Books
with Jill Weese
Friday, May 5; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Dangerous Man Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Experience the playfulness and versatility of petal fold books. Make two basic book formats, then explore design possibilities with a variety of colored papers, folding techniques, cutting, and gluing.

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: May 5, 2017

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing
with Erin Maurelli
Friday, June 2; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Insight Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Gelli Plate printing is a playful approach to printmaking. This direct printing technique uses a gelatin substrate for printing by hand; no presses! Create beautifully textured images using acrylic paint and stencils. So much fun, it’s addictive.

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: June 2, 2017

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling
with Suzanne Hughes
Friday, June 2; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Insight Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: June 2, 2017

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book
with Jason Yoh
Friday, July 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by NorthGate Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Experience letterpress printing on a Vandercook press! Print a single-sheet book in two colors, then learn how to cut and fold the simple book by hand.

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: July 7, 2017

Dirty Works: Screen Printing

Dirty Works: Screen Printing
with Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Friday, July 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by NorthGate Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Learn the basics of screen printing while creating your own unique print on a t-shirt and paper!

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: July 7, 2017

Dirty Works: Suminagashi

Dirty Works: Suminagashi
with Erin Maurelli
Friday, August 4; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Insight Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Suminagashi is a traditional form of paper marbling from Japan. The word Suminagashi literally translates to “floating ink.” Create lovely and unpredictable patterns using this ancient decorative technique.

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: August 4, 2017

Dirty Works: Monkiri

Dirty Works: Monkiri
with Sheila Asato
Friday, August 4; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Insight Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Monkiri, the Japanese art of papercutting, involves cutting and folding paper to create unique, circular designs. Practice this art form with artist Sheila Asato. Learn how to use simple tools and techniques to begin exploring the sculptural dimensions of paper.

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: August 4, 2017

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book
with Jason Yoh
Friday, September 1; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Wander North Distillery; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Experience letterpress printing on a Vandercook press! Print a single-sheet book in two colors, then learn how to cut and fold the simple book by hand.

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: September 1, 2017

Dirty Works: Flagbook Poetry

Dirty Works: Flagbook Poetry
with Georgia A. Greeley
Friday, September 1; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Wander North Distillery; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Create the simple yet dynamic flagbook structure developed by book artist and conservator Hedi Kyle and begin to explore possible content through poetry exercises.

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: September 1, 2017

Dirty Works: Simple Sewn and Folded Books

Dirty Works: Simple Sewn and Folded Books
with Anna Shepard
Friday, October 6; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Sociable Cider Werks; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Learn basic materials, tools, and skills involved in the bookbinding process while exploring simple folded and sewn bindings. Experiment with a variety of materials to create soft-cover blank books.

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: October 6, 2017

Dirty Works: Screen Printing

Dirty Works: Screen Printing
with Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Friday, October 6; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Sociable Cider Werks; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Learn the basics of screen printing while creating your own unique print on a t-shirt and paper!

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: October 6, 2017

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing
with Erin Maurelli
Friday, November 3; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Indeed Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Gelli Plate printing is a playful approach to printmaking. This direct printing technique uses a gelatin substrate for printing by hand; no presses! Create beautifully textured images using acrylic paint and stencils. So much fun, it’s addictive.

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: November 3, 2017

Dirty Works: Pop-out Books

Dirty Works: Pop-out Books
with Jill Weese
Friday, November 3; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Indeed Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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Discover how to transform a single sheet of paper into a three-dimensional sculptural book. Learn basic folding and cutting concepts for a pop-'out' book and then create several samples from different perspectives.

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: November 3, 2017

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling
with Suzanne Hughes
Friday, December 1; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Indeed Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: December 1, 2017

Dirty Works: Origami - Stars

Dirty Works: Origami - Stars
with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, December 1; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm hosted by Indeed Brewing; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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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 1, 2017