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Open Studio 3/28/17

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, March 28; 6-9pm

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)

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Price: $20.00

Date: March 28, 2017

Single-Evening Letterpress: Print & Bind a Journal (Section B)

Single-Evening Letterpress: Print & Bind a Journal (Section B)
with Annie Walsh Alvarado
Thursday, March 30; 6-9pm
Great for beginners

Explore the process of making a book by hand — first, letterpress print an image for a book cover, then bind a simple pamphlet-stitched book as a group. Peruse a small selection of book samples and discuss how to learn more.

$55 ($50 members) + $10 supply fee

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Price: $50.00

Date: March 30, 2017

Take Words with You Reception

Take Words with You: In Our Home and In Our Ways Reception

Thursday, March 30; 6-9pm

An exhibition featuring calligraphy, papercutting and scribe work by three local text-based artists.

Noam Sienna is a Hebrew calligrapher and manuscript artist who investigates the relationship between letters, image, color and light, inspired by the tradition of Jewish books throughout the centuries. His graduate work in Jewish History and Museum Studies provides his art with deep roots and a commitment to seeing the past come alive again in the present.

Aaron Greenberg Silver’s artwork is typically created by cutting paper, but he has also worked in watercolor, steel, and clay. He invites the viewer to see objects and ideas in new ways, extracting the essence of a scene or object to portray it unencumbered by extraneous material.

Demetrios Vital’s artmaking begins in awe and curiosity of natural history and Jewish community. In search of a connection between letters and life, he creates and restores sacred manuscripts with careful attention to their history and place within their community. His calligraphic art combines Hebrew scribal traditions and text, with modern sources of inspiration.

The Take Words with You exhibition is planned in association with Sabes Jewish Community Center. Visit www.sabesjcc.org for more information on Words@Work and other programming.

Price: Free Event

Date: March 30, 2017

Bradel Binding

Bradel Binding
with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, April 1 & 2; 10am-5pm
Binding experience required

Invented in the 19th century by French binder Alexis Bradel, this binding was meant to be a temporary binding. Refined by others, it developed into a permanent binding sturdier than a case binding. It works well with small or large multi-signature books. In this workshop we will make a small paper covered book and a larger book with the signatures rounded, backed, and covered with a three piece cloth case.
Certificate: 14 hours, Category D

$220 ($200 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 3/11/17

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Price: $180.00

Date: April 1, 2017

Open Studio: Marbling 4/1/17

Open Studio: Marbling
Saturday, April 1; 10am-4pm
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Marbling experience required.
Participants must register at least three days in advance.

$45 ($40 members)

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Price: $40.00

Date: April 1, 2017

Open Studio: Photogravure 4/1

Open Studio: Photogravure
Saturday, April 1; 10am-2pm
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Attendance in Polymer Photogravure required or request approval by contacting Anna Bredeson (abredeson@mnbookarts.org)

$35 ($30 members)

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Price: $30.00

Date: April 1, 2017

Pointed Pen Calligraphy II

Pointed Pen Calligraphy II
with Kris MacDonald
Sundays, April 2 and 9; 1-4pm
Pointed Pen Calligraphy I required

This is a continuation of the pointed pen Copperplate class. Here is a chance to review the minuscule letters and spend more time on the majuscules. On the second night, we will gently break the rules and learn how to make the lettering contemporary and fun while writing in color. Bring your tools from Pointed Pen I.
Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 ($85 members) + $15 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 3/12/17

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Price: $75.00

Date: April 2, 2017

Open Studio 4/4/17

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, April 4; 6-9pm

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)

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Price: $20.00

Date: April 4, 2017

Paper Beater Training 4/4

Training: Paper Beater
Tuesday, April 4; 6-7pm
Papermaking experience required

If you aren't already trained to use our paper beaters, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA's paper beaters, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.

$20 ($15 members)

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Price: $15.00

Date: April 4, 2017

Tab and Fold Book

Tab and Fold Book
with Sue Bjerke
Wednesday, April 5; 6-9pm

The tab and fold structure is a quick and easy non-adhesive binding that uses simple tabs and folds to interlock the cover and pages of a book. This technique is very adaptable and can be used for one-of-a-kind books or editioned artists’ books — a great addition to anyone’s binding repertoire.
Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 3/15/17

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Price: $45.00

Date: April 5, 2017

Origami: Spring Flowers

Origami: Spring Flowers
with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, April 6; 6-9pm

Bring spring into your home or artwork with origami flowers! Paper flowers are intriguing and beautiful. Learn a variety of flowers models from flat to three-dimensional, traditional to modular.
Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $10 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 3/16/17

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Price: $45.00

Date: April 6, 2017

Introduction to Millimeter Bindings

Introduction to Millimeter Bindings
with Anna Shepard
Thursdays: April 6, 13, 20, 27; 6-9pm
Introduction to Binding or equivalent required

Originating in Denmark during WWII, these historic bindings made use of small scraps of leather, exposing just a millimeter of leather past the joint areas and at the board corners. Practice your leather paring skills and create two beautiful sewn bindings, using a decorative paper as the covering material. A step up from a paper case binding, this course is great for those wanting an introduction to leather work.
Certificate: 12 hours, Category D

$195 ($175 members) + $45 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 3/16/17

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Price: $155.00

Date: April 6, 2017

Etching with Ultraviolet Light: An Introduction to Solar Plate Printing

Etching with Ultraviolet Light: An Introduction to Solar Plate Printing
with Sam Dahl
Thursdays: April 6, 13, 20, 27; 6-9pm

Learn how to turn drawings and photographs into intaglio prints using non-toxic printmaking methods. Instruction will cover techniques for exposing solar plates with UV rays from a light box and from the sun to etch drawings and photographs (or a combination of the two) onto the plates. Then, learn to ink plates and print them on an etching press to make a small edition of prints to exchange with the class.
Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 ($175 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 3/16/17

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Price: $155.00

Date: April 6, 2017

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

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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

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Price: $35.00

Date: April 7, 2017

Boxmaking Made Hard

Boxmaking Made Hard
with Jody Williams
Saturday, April 8; 9:30am-5pm and Sunday, April 9; 12-5pm
Pre-requisite: One recent boxmaking workshop

For participants who have taken an introductory boxmaking class, this is the next step. Construct a complicated box structure from a design by the instructor, using bookboard and decorative papers. Featuring drawers, a door/lid, a window, and compartments, this box can be used to house small objects. The design and construction techniques involved could be applied to other, larger boxes. Precision measurements and board cutting will be covered. Samples and discussion will focus on options for text, images, and objects for the boxes.
Certificate: 12.5 hours, Category B

$200 ($180 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $160, valid through 3/18/17

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Price: $160.00

Date: April 8, 2017

Introduction to Marbling (Section B)

Introduction to Marbling (Section B)
with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, April 8; 10am-4pm

Experience the magic of marbling! Learn the basic process of marbling with acrylics, including recipes for the various components of the process. Make four basic patterns (stones, git-gel, nonpareil, and chevron), explore seasonal color palettes, and take home your own marbled papers ready to use for books, gifts, or decoration.
Certificate: 6 hours, Category A

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 3/18/17

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $75.00

Date: April 8, 2017

Polymer Platemaking for Letterpress

Polymer Platemaking for Letterpress
with Erin Maurelli
Saturdays: April 8 and 15; 10am-4pm
Letterpress I or equivalent required

Turn digital files, line drawings and more into polymer! Learn the use and operation of MCBA’s polymer platemaker, analog and digital negatives creation, options for digital file preparations, and use of plates on the Vandercook press.
Certificate: 12 hours, Category B

$195 ($175 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 3/18/17

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Price: $155.00

Date: April 8, 2017

Open Studio 4/11/17

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, April 11; 6-9pm

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)

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Price: $20.00

Date: April 11, 2017

Cutting Equipment Training 4/11

Cutting Equipment Training
Tuesday, April 11; 6-7pm

If you aren't already trained to use our cutting equipment, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA's bindery cutting equipment, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.

$20 ($15 members)

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Price: $15.00

Date: April 11, 2017

Speak Up: All Ages Open House

Speak Up: All Ages Open House

Saturday, April 15; 10am-4pm

Join us for an all-ages open house! We’ll be offering a variety of creative activities throughout the day that let you make your voice heard — use antique wood type to letterpress print your own poster, or learn how to make zines to fill with things that are important to you. Plus, tour our gallery and studios! Everyone is welcome.

Price: Free Event

Date: April 15, 2017

Open Studio 4/18/17

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, April 18; 6-9pm

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)

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Price: $20.00

Date: April 18, 2017

Dos-à-Dos, Two Ways

Dos-à-Dos, Two Ways
with Sue Bjerke
Wednesday, April 19; 6-9pm

Learn two styles of dos à dos bindings in this workshop: an Asian stab binding with a soft case and a pamphlet with a wrap closure. The dos-à-dos binding (from the French meaning "back-to-back") is a structure in which two separate books are bound together such that the fore-edge of one is adjacent to the spine of the other with a shared board between them serving as the back cover of both. This versatile structure offers the possibility of introducing contrasting materials in one book.
Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 3/29/17

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Price: $45.00

Date: April 19, 2017

Origami Correspondence: Extreme Letter-Folds

Origami Correspondence: Extreme Letter-Folds
with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, April 20; 6-9pm
Some paper folding experience helpful but not required

Learn more ways to fold precious correspondence. These complex letter-folds include a variety of forms — from shapes to animals — that have origins all over the world. Apply what you learn in class to make handwritten notes and bookmarks, or adapt prints into letter-folded book objects!
Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $10 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 3/30/17

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Price: $45.00

Date: April 20, 2017

Extreme Marbling

Extreme Marbling
with Sally Power
Saturday, April 22; 10am-4pm
Marbling experience required

Focus on building marbling technique by creating patterns. Learn patterns that require manipulating the comb in a figure-eight shape as well as patterns created through use of a bouquet comb. Participants are encouraged to practice “pulling” patterns with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Developing your own patterns will also be discussed. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout.
This workshop builds on techniques learned in Introduction to Marbling and Marbling: Patterns I.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 4/1/17

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Price: $75.00

Date: April 22, 2017

Medium to Message: Single-Sheet Zines in Editions

Medium to Message: Single-Sheet Zines in Editions
with Monica Edwards Larson
Sat-Sun, April 22 & 23; 10am-5pm
Letterpress experience helpful, but not required

Begin by looking at examples of book forms that demonstrate the power of the press and how books throughout history disseminated information. Learn basic techniques for folding variations of single-sheet book forms, ranging from traditional codex to sculptural book objects such as pop-outs, pocket books, and dos à dos. Then, create a final project of your own design in which you choose a single-sheet structure that relates to your content. In addition, the class will use Vandercook presses to create multiple copies of your book to distribute.
Certificate: 14 hours, Category B or C

$220 ($200 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 4/1/17

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Price: $180.00

Date: April 22, 2017

Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, April 22, 10am-noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Anne Rockwell’s Our Earth kicks off our celebration. Pull circle sheets of white cotton paper and color with ocean blue, land green and more. Decorate with recycled yarns, shredded papers and cut outs of people, plants and animals. Plant seeds in your paper, too! Waterproof shoes suggested.

Join Ellen Ferrari for Saturday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into a book arts project. 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: $32 ($29 members) + $6 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $16 ($14.50 members) + $3 supply fee

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Price: $14.50

Date: April 22, 2017

Quilt & Bead Embellished Coptic Stitch

Quilt & Bead Embellished Coptic Stitch
with Georgia A. Greeley
Sunday, April 23; 10am-5pm
All skill levels welcome

Learn the two-needle Coptic stitch binding with a few flourishes! Learn how to prep cloth and techniques for hand-quilting and cloth beading. Instruction will cover basic book binding methods including how to attach the prepared cloth to book board and the Coptic stitch to create a book to be given as a gift or for personal use.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$110 ($100 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $90, valid through 4/2/17

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Price: $90.00

Date: April 23, 2017

Open Studio 4/25/17

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, April 25; 6-9pm

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)

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Price: $20.00

Date: April 25, 2017

Japanese Papermaking

Japanese Papermaking
with Bridget O’Malley
Sat-Sun, April 29 & 30; 10am-5pm

Learn the tools and techniques of Japanese papermaking. Participants will learn fiber preparation including cooking, cleaning and hand beating. Sheet formation, pressing, and drying techniques will also be covered. Finished papers can range from strong yet nearly translucent sheets to papers with decorative layers and inclusions, with sizes ranging from 5 x 7 inches to 5 by 7 feet!

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A; fulfills Core papermaking requirement

$220 ($200 members) + $45 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 4/8/17

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Price: $180.00

Date: April 29, 2017