Educator Workshops

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From binding students’ writing projects to encouraging creative expression, the book arts provide wonderful ways to reinforce learning.

Making books is a great way to engage students in their learning while practicing fine motor skills, enhancing math and science understanding, and supporting literacy. MCBA offers a wide variety of Educator Workshops in printing, papermaking, paper decoration, and bookmaking to enable teachers to bring book arts into their classrooms.

MCBA offers 1- to 3-hour workshops for individual educators and groups, with a focus on classroom instruction and connections to curricula. Participants create samples to keep for reference. Workshops for individuals are offered in our studios. Group workshops are also available, and can be held at MCBA or at your site. Choose from among standard educator workshops, or call 612-215-2529 to discuss options for a customized topic.

For teachers experienced in bookmaking, MCBA can prepare class sets of bookmaking materials. This service is offered on a case by case basis, depending upon staff availability. For more information, call 612-215-2529.

Looking to earn Continuing Education Credits? All of MCBA’s adult classes and workshops, including Educator Workshops, are eligible for CEUs. Just let us know when you register, and we’ll prepare the documentation. These workshops are also 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.

Summer 2014 Educator Workshop Schedule:


 

Introduction to Book Arts: Single Sheet Books for the Classroom

Introduction to Book Arts: Single Sheet Books for the Classroom
with Jill S Weese
Monday, July 28; 9am-12pm
For teachers of grades K-12

Requiring no material preparation, single-sheet books are a simple yet powerful way to bring book arts to your classroom. These books engage K-6 students while they practice fine motor skills, enhance math understanding, and supporting literacy. High school students can utilize single sheet construction ideas to explore book layout and design concepts that are applicable in zines and self-publishing. Participants will make several different single sheet book structures that they can immediately apply in their classrooms.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $5 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 28, 2014

The Language of Books: Words and Pictures Speaking Together

The Language of Books: Words and Pictures Speaking Together
with Jill S Weese
Monday, July 28; 1-4pm
For teachers of grades 2-12

Creating books where the words and pictures speak in unison teaches students to plan, sequence, make choices, and solve problems. Participants will walk through the story planning process utilizing story boards and page templates for four simple book structures that can easily be made in the classroom. Each will then create a finished sample book with words and pictures. The focus of this hands-on workshop is for participants to experience the joy and challenge of creating a book inside and out. A wide assortment of samples and materials will be on hand to fuel your creativity.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $5 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 28, 2014

Children-Designed Animal Shape Books

Children-Designed Animal Shape Books
with Jill S Weese
Tuesday, July 29; 9am-12pm
For teachers of grades 2-12

Shaped animal books are a great strategy to inspire student writing and stretch their spatial understanding. Learn how students can change a single sheet of paper with a little folding and cutting into a 3 dimensional creature. Participants will learn how to create animals from four different perspectives with meander books and pop-out books. There will be plenty of time and materials to make animal books that demonstrate the different perspectives. Hands-on and lots of fun!

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $5 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 29, 2014

A Portfolio of Pop-ups

A Portfolio of Pop-ups
with Jill S Weese
Tuesday, July 29; 1-4pm
For teachers of grades 1-12

Pop-up books are as fun to make, as they are to read. Learn a variety of basic pop-up techniques using file folders to create sample pop-ups for easy future reference. Emphasis will be on developing an understanding of the engineering concepts behind the pop-up constructions and making classroom samples. Integration of text with imagery will be discussed; samples will be on hand to inspire classroom connections.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $10 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 29, 2014

Books for Science

Books for Science
with Jill S Weese
Wednesday, July 30; 9am-12pm
For teachers of grades 2-12

There are numerous great non-traditional books that support student learning in the sciences: books to assist students in in their scientific observations and books that demonstrate students' understanding. In this workshop participants will make up to five books that will support learning in the areas: life cycles, habitats, earth science, the solar system and more. The books include: a single-sheet circle (donut) book, a pop-out book, a tunnel book, a traditional flag book, and a dos-a-dos sewn journal. Numerous samples will be on hand that demonstrate classroom connections.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $10 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 30, 2014

Books from Ancient Civilizations

Books from Ancient Civilizations
with Jill S Weese
Wednesday, July 30; 1-4pm
For teachers of grades 2-12

Connect literacy, history, and geography with ancient book forms. Participants will make four different historical books: a slate book from ancient China, a Mayan Codex from Central America, a Batak Calendar from Indonesia, and an early Christian limp vellum journal using the tacket binding with faux leather cover. Each book represents a different perspective based on the materials each culture had available. All different, all compelling, all surprisingly easy.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $10 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 30, 2014

Books of Native Americas

Books of Native Americas
with Jill S Weese
Thursday, July 31; 9am-12pm
For teachers of grades K-12

With their strong oral traditions, the Native Cultures of the Americas have also created distinct book-like structures to record important events, mark the passage of time, and hold mnemonic records. Participants will make several book-like structures exemplary of the Native Cultures of the Americas and explore their use for visual art and documentation.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $10 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 31, 2014

Exploring Woodland and Prairie Designs

Exploring Woodland and Prairie Designs
with Jill S Weese
Thursday, July 31; 1-4pm
For teachers of grades 3-12

Native woodland and prairie designs are often seen in beadwork. In this workshop participants will explore Native woodland and prairie designs through the contemporary art form of pulp painting. A sheet of mixed fiber paper will be your canvas, and finely beaten and pigmented pulp your paint. Choose between freehand drawing and use of a variety of tools and stencils on hand for you to create your designs. Woodland and prairie designs will be reviewed with lots of pictures available for inspiration.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $10 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 31, 2014

Books for Biographies

Books for Biographies
with Jill S Weese
Monday, August 4; 9am-12pm
For teachers of grades 2-12

Inspire your students with nontraditional books that will showcase their biographical writings. Participants will make four books particularly well suited to display images, time’s lines and text. The Portrait Pop-out book shows a pop-out face with pages to support writings, the Full-page Flag book stretches out to create a large picture with lots of room for text, the Four Section Pop-up presents phases of life, and an accordion with a timeline insert shows a life in context of other events in history. Four great books to inspire students to show their best.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $10 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 4, 2014

Poetry Inspired Books

Poetry Inspired Books
with Jill S Weese
Monday, August 4; 1-4pm
For teachers of grades 2-12

A snowflake book for winter snow poems, a Japanese receipt book for haikus... the structure of a book can support students’ poetic writing in dynamic ways. This workshop will focus on making book structures to support popular poetic forms, i.e. acrostics, cinquains, haikus, and more. Participants will make five different structural poem books that will be easy to replicate in the classroom.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $10 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 4, 2014

Preschool Book Arts

Preschool Book Arts
with Jill S Weese
Tuesday, August 5; 9am-12pm
For teachers of 3-5 year olds

Young children love to make books. And making books is a great opportunity to practice listening, develop fine motor skills, enhance math understanding, and support early literacy. Creating books from a single sheet of paper is a simple, yet powerful way to bring books to children. Participants will explore single sheet books by making several different books to use with children. In addition, participants will learn new ways to bind single sheets of paper. A wide assortment of samples and materials will be available to explore applications with young children. This is a hands-on workshop, where we will learn by doing.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $5 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 5, 2014

Gelatin Printing in the Classroom

Gelatin Printing in the Classroom
with Jill S Weese
Wednesday, August 6; 9am-12pm
For teachers of grades 2-12

No Printing Press? No Problem! Gelatin Printing is perfect for the classroom. Learn how to create gelatin printing plates. Experiment with mono-printing by painting right on the plate, printing with found objects, creating with ghost images, and more. There will be plenty of time and materials to explore and create samples for the classroom. Gelatin printing is versatile, easy, and fun. Safe printing for all ages.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $15 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 6, 2014

Beyond Perfection: Making Books with What You Have

Beyond Perfection: Making Books with What You Have
with Jill S Weese
Wednesday, August 6; 1-4pm
For teachers of grades 6-12

Books come in all shapes, sizes and designs. This is your opportunity to experiment and play as you create a unique a one-of-a-kind book using obsolete material. We will begin with selecting pages from new paper, used paper, envelopes, old calendars, whatever, and altering them -- considering color, texture, meaning, function and form. Next, you will create covers from a random assortment of possible materials and binding them together. An array of materials will be available. Feel free to bring materials you would like to work with or to add to the mix. Guaranteed: no two books will look the same.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $5 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 6, 2014