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Hand Tooling on Books with Foils

Hand Tooling on Books with Foils
with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, July 21-22; 10am-5pm

Foils should not be limited to just stamping machines and in this workshop we will cover to both traditional and alternative decorative techniques using hand tools. We will use the different type of foils, real 23kt gold, metallic and pigmented colors, on leather, cloth and paper to show the advantages foil can have over the traditional gold leaf tooling. This class will helpful to learn to use the tools, jigs and patterns used in decorative tooling, Participants can bring a binding that is covered in leather or cloth to work on.
Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee;
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 6/30/16

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $155.00

Date: July 21, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Introduction to Marbling (Section B)

Introduction to Marbling (Section B)
with Sally Power
Saturday, July 21; 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, moire/waved, git-gel, and nonpareil), 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 6/30/18

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $75.00

Date: July 21, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

This Book is a Monster (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

This Book is a Monster: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
with Ellen Fee and MCBA staff
Monday-Friday, July 23-27; 9am-12pm
For students ages 6-8

What if a book is more than a book? What if a book is really...a monster? Kids will craft monsters of their own making while learning the basics of creative writing and book making. We’ll bring our monsters to life as we shape them into real books filled with poems, stories, and illustrations. With energetic topics and hands-on activities, this class is great for creative kids looking for an outlet for those summer wiggles. Together, we will explore what makes a monster a monster and get to work creating our own as we learn about descriptive writing, poetry, character development, and simple literary devices and tropes. Students will explore monsters using a printing press, paper marbling, pop-out books, as they create a monstrous book full of poems, stories, and illustrations on the class’s theme.

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 23, 2018

Open Studio 7/24

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, July 24; 6-9pm
Experience and training required

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Set type, make polymer plates, print on MCBA's presses and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Reservations are first-come-first-served, and participants must have completed an introductory course on the press they are reserving (Vandercook, platen, sign). Fee covers inks and solvents; supply your own paper.

Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Prep screens, expose and print in MCBA's darkroom and printing studio, and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Fee covers screen use and emulsions; supply your own inks and paper.

Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Open Studio provides access to binding tools, cutting equipment, and fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers tool use plus some consumables (thread and PVA); supply your own bookboard, cloth, paper and other needs.

Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Beat fiber for paper for future sheet-forming. The studio's two Valley beaters can each hold approximately .75lb.(dry) of fiber (rag or half-stuff), and the Reina beater can hold up to 2lb.(dry) of fiber (half-stuff only). When you register, please specify which beater you'd like to reserve. Pre-weigh and pre-soak all fibers to be beaten. If you have taken a papermaking course but are not familiar with our paper beaters, Paper Beater trainings are offered every month. Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each 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.

Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)
Bring your prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. Attendees should schedule a time to pick up their paper the following day.

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Price: $20.00

Date: July 24, 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

Freud on the Couch: Psyche in the Book Opening Reception

Freud on the Couch: Psyche in the Book Opening Reception

Friday, July 26; 6-8pm

Curated by Susanne Padberg, Galerie Druck & Buch, Vienna, Austria

It is striking how many psychoanalytic concepts Freud discovered and named; they can be found as source material or catalysts in contemporary book art, such as:

Wish – Dream – Ego – Id – Memory – The Unconscious – The Oedipus Complex – Fixation – multiple personalities – (Victorian repression of) sexuality – Libido – Death Drive — and so on.

In addition, the many techniques Freud developed, such as the use of free association, parapraxis, and his discovery of transference & countertransference are aspects in the analytic process as well as potent inspirations for artistic work. The works in this show are based specifically on these concepts and theories.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 26, 2018

Peace Paper Pop-up

Peace Paper Pop-up

Saturday, July 28; 10am-1pm

MCBA will be hosting a workshop and pop-up exhibition in partnership with Project Peace Paper next Saturday. Create visions of peace and experience a public installation using Peace Paper wrapping paper. Bring your friends and family and share in the peace. Free and open to all ages.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 28, 2018

Make Marbling Tools

Make Marbling Tools
with Sue Bjerke
Sunday, July 29; 9am-5pm

Learn how to make marbling tools! Build at least four combs/rakes for creating classic marbling patterns, custom-sized to your own personal tank sizes. Alternative tool-making methods will be discussed so additional custom tools may be developed to support your own pattern ideas. Please provide dimensions (length x width x height) of your marbling tank when registering for this workshop.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 ($115 members) + $15 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $100, valid through 7/8/18

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Price: $130.00

Date: July 29, 2018

Fairy Tales, Myths, Magic, and Bookmaking (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

Fairy Tales, Myths, Magic, and Bookmaking: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
with Marie Olofsdotter and MCBA staff
Monday-Friday, July 30-August 3; 9am-12pm
For students ages 9-11

Explore the timeless territory of magic as you write your own myth-inspired fairy tale! Students will record the hair-raising adventures of a main character, who sets out on a magical journey to save a troubled world, and along the way, encounters menacing villains and mystical beings. Students invent their own settings, characters, and plot, then bring the magical world to life in a pop-up book. This class is perfect for anyone who loves to write, loves magic, and likes bookmaking. Students discover the adventures as they go along, uncovering new twists in the plot every day. The sessions are constructed using fairy tale archetypes, students create a main character, a hero or heroine, who goes on a classic Hero’s Journey.

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 30, 2018

Here's My World (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

Here's My World: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
with Carolyn Williams-Noren and MCBA staff
Monday-Friday, July 30-August 3; 1-4pm
For students ages 6-8

What you notice isn’t what every person notices. The objects, people, and activities that are ordinary to you are probably fascinating to someone older, or far away, or a long time from now. In this class, you’ll use the same tools that grown-up writers use: creative metaphors, lively verbs, careful attention, and information from all of the senses. We’ll work together in the printing, paper and binding studios as a book artists to create a unique book that shows what your world is like right now, a book that shows exactly what you notice, sense, and feel in your regular life. You’ll end up with a book, made by you, that is perfect to give as a gift to a faraway friend or relative, or to keep for the future.

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 30, 2018

Open Studio 7/31

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, July 31; 6-9pm
Experience and training required

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Set type, make polymer plates, print on MCBA's presses and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Reservations are first-come-first-served, and participants must have completed an introductory course on the press they are reserving (Vandercook, platen, sign). Fee covers inks and solvents; supply your own paper.

Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Prep screens, expose and print in MCBA's darkroom and printing studio, and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Fee covers screen use and emulsions; supply your own inks and paper.

Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Open Studio provides access to binding tools, cutting equipment, and fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers tool use plus some consumables (thread and PVA); supply your own bookboard, cloth, paper and other needs.

Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Beat fiber for paper for future sheet-forming. The studio's two Valley beaters can each hold approximately .75lb.(dry) of fiber (rag or half-stuff), and the Reina beater can hold up to 2lb.(dry) of fiber (half-stuff only). When you register, please specify which beater you'd like to reserve. Pre-weigh and pre-soak all fibers to be beaten. If you have taken a papermaking course but are not familiar with our paper beaters, Paper Beater trainings are offered every month. Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each 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.

Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)
Bring your prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. Attendees should schedule a time to pick up their paper the following day.

Register

Price: $20.00

Date: July 31, 2018

Let's Go to the Museum!

Let's Go to the Museum!
with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, July 31; 10am-12pm
For families with children ages 2 and up

Come and meet two artists in When Pigasso met Mootisse by Nina Laden. Learn to make paper with white cotton pulp, then “paint” your masterpieces with pulp in a rainbow of colors. Use colorful yarn and eye droppers for added artistic effects. “Art Opening” snacks will be served. Water safe shoes suggested.

Join Ellen Ferrari for 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: $40 ($35 members) + $5 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $20 ($17.50 members) + 2.50 supply fee

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Price: $17.50

Date: July 31, 2018

Dirty Works: Suminagashi

Dirty Works: Suminagashi
with Cindy Gipple
Friday, August 3; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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

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Price: $35.00

Date: August 3, 2018

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book
with Jason Yoh
Friday, August 3; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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

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Price: $35.00

Date: August 3, 2018

Dirty Works: Tunnel Book

Dirty Works: Tunnel Book
with Jill Weese
Friday, August 3; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Using simple folded and cut paper with glue, create a 3-dimensional scene in this popular sculptural book. Watch the book transform with the addition of sections, creating depth and detail.

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: August 3, 2018

Open Studio: Marbling 8/4

Open Studio: Marbling
Saturday, August 4; 10am-4pm
Marbling experience required

Open Studio provides access to marbling tools and equipment, as well as fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers use of 16×20″ tanks of carrageenan*, alum, brushes, cups and eyedroppers; supply your own paints* and paper. Participants must register at least three days in advance.

*Carrageenan is used for western-style marbling only. If you plan to practice suminagashi, please call the Shop to let a staff member know so carrageenan is not prepared for you unnecessarily.
*Paint: While many different kinds of inks, paints, and watercolors may be used in the marbling process, we recommend using Golden Fluid Acrylics with our equipment.

$45 ($40 members)

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $40.00

Date: August 4, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Intermediate Binding: Bradel Binding

Intermediate Binding: Bradel Binding
with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, August 4 & 5; 10am-5pm

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 and backed covered with a three piece cloth case.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category D

$195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 7/14/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: August 4, 2018

Trace Monotypes for Illustration

Trace Monotypes for Illustration
with Julie Benda
Saturday, August 4; 10am-4pm

In this class, learn the basics of trace monotype as well as how to manipulate ink on acrylic glass to create backgrounds, foregrounds, textures, and patterns. Apply these methods in combination with drawing and collage to create a series of layered, one-of-a-kind illustrations. This class is for anyone who feels their print/illustration/design practice is in need of some new energy, and is interested in print techniques that can be replicated at home with simple, affordable materials.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 7/14/18

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Price: $85.00

Date: August 4, 2018

Envelope-Style Portfolio

Envelope-Style Portfolio
with Sue Bjerke
Monday, August 6; 6-9pm

This portfolio makes a good container either to securely transport or store your loose papers, records, etc. Make a 9”x12” to handle standard size papers in class, and leave with the skills to adjust the size for a variety of needs. Crafted with an envelope closure, and made using heavy cover stock and book cloth, the portfolio will be embellished with marbled paper. It makes a great gift!
Certificate: 3 hours, Category B or D

$55 ($50 members) + $20 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 6, 2018

Open Studio 8/7

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 7; 6-9pm
Experience and training required

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Set type, make polymer plates, print on MCBA's presses and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Reservations are first-come-first-served, and participants must have completed an introductory course on the press they are reserving (Vandercook, platen, sign). Fee covers inks and solvents; supply your own paper.

Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Prep screens, expose and print in MCBA's darkroom and printing studio, and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Fee covers screen use and emulsions; supply your own inks and paper.

Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Open Studio provides access to binding tools, cutting equipment, and fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers tool use plus some consumables (thread and PVA); supply your own bookboard, cloth, paper and other needs.

Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Beat fiber for paper for future sheet-forming. The studio's two Valley beaters can each hold approximately .75lb.(dry) of fiber (rag or half-stuff), and the Reina beater can hold up to 2lb.(dry) of fiber (half-stuff only). When you register, please specify which beater you'd like to reserve. Pre-weigh and pre-soak all fibers to be beaten. If you have taken a papermaking course but are not familiar with our paper beaters, Paper Beater trainings are offered every month. Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each 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.

Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)
Bring your prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. Attendees should schedule a time to pick up their paper the following day.

Register

Price: $20.00

Date: August 7, 2018

Paper Beater Training 8/7

Training: Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 7; 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: August 7, 2018

Let's Go to the Fair!

Let's Go to the Fair!
with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, August 7; 10am-12pm
For families with children ages 2 and up

Get ready for the Minnesota State Fair with Donald Crews’ Night at the Fair. Buy your ticket (book) – Yea! Enjoy some scrumptious food on a stick (book) - Yum! Visit your favorite animals at the livestock barn (book) – Noisy! Take a spin on a midway ride (book) – Whee! And finally, snacks on a stick.

Join Ellen Ferrari for 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: $40 ($35 members) + $5 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $20 ($17.50 members) + 2.50 supply fee

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Price: $20.00

Date: August 7, 2018

Dirty Works for Kids: Making Books with Found Materials

Dirty Works for Kids: Making Books with Found Materials
with Olli Johnson
Saturday, August 11; class 1-3pm

Learn how to make fun, one-of-a-kind books with stuff from around your house.

Join us for Dirty Works for Kids, MCBA’s new series of second-Saturday classes for youth 7-12 years old. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend, but must register separately.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: August 11, 2018

Weekend Introduction to Letterpress

Weekend Introduction to Letterpress (Section A)
with Sara R. Parr
Sat-Sun, August 11 & 12; 10am-6pm

Jump start your letterpress printing with this weekend intensive! This workshop is perfect for those who want to try letterpress but don’t have time for the six-week course or for rusty letterpress printers in need of a refresher. Learn the fundamentals of paper, ink and design. Then hand set type, carve a simple linoleum cut, and print a small edition of broadside prints on MCBA’s Vandercook presses.

Certificate: 16 hours, Category A; fulfills Core letterpress requirement

$250 ($225 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $200, valid through 7/21/2018

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Price: $200.00

Date: August 11, 2018

Paper Marbling Intensive (Section B)

Paper Marbling Intensive (Section B)
with Sue Bjerke, Heather RJ Fletcher, and Sally Power
Mon-Fri, August 13-17; 9am-3pm
All skill levels welcome

This week-long paper marbling workshop using acrylic paints is designed for both beginning and more experienced marblers. Through instruction and demonstrations, you will learn or review the basic recipes for carrageenan, etc. and the classic patterns. Expand your marbling horizons by marbling on wooden items and a variety of formed paper masks. We will also include side-bar discussions on such things as tool and paint making, and marbling fabrics for those interested. This workshop offers time to build your technique and trouble-shoot with seasoned practitioners as well as develop your color palette and cultivate your marbling style.

Certificate: 30 hours; Category A or B

$380 ($350 members) + $120 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $315, valid through 7/23/18

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $315.00

Date: August 13, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

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

Open Studio 8/14

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 14; 6-9pm
Experience and training required

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Set type, make polymer plates, print on MCBA's presses and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Reservations are first-come-first-served, and participants must have completed an introductory course on the press they are reserving (Vandercook, platen, sign). Fee covers inks and solvents; supply your own paper.

Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Prep screens, expose and print in MCBA's darkroom and printing studio, and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Fee covers screen use and emulsions; supply your own inks and paper.

Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Open Studio provides access to binding tools, cutting equipment, and fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers tool use plus some consumables (thread and PVA); supply your own bookboard, cloth, paper and other needs.

Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Beat fiber for paper for future sheet-forming. The studio's two Valley beaters can each hold approximately .75lb.(dry) of fiber (rag or half-stuff), and the Reina beater can hold up to 2lb.(dry) of fiber (half-stuff only). When you register, please specify which beater you'd like to reserve. Pre-weigh and pre-soak all fibers to be beaten. If you have taken a papermaking course but are not familiar with our paper beaters, Paper Beater trainings are offered every month. Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each 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.

Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)
Bring your prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. Attendees should schedule a time to pick up their paper the following day.

Register

Price: $20.00

Date: August 14, 2018

Cutting Equipment Training 8/14

Cutting Equipment Training
Tuesday, August 14; 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: August 14, 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

Special Topics in Papermaking: Eco-Printing

Special Topics in Papermaking: Eco-Printing
with Bridget O'Malley
Sunday, August 19; 10am-4pm

Eco Printing is a form of natural dyeing where the colors from plant leaves and flowers are transferred to paper or fabric via steaming or boiling. This class will explore the many possibilities of color and textures found in the bounty of plants that the end of summer provides. Bring papers and textiles, and discover the possibilities to create unique prints and papers for use in handmade books, covers, and letterpress printing.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category C or D

$95 ($75 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $55, valid through 7/29/18

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Price: $55.00

Date: August 19, 2018

Open Studio 8/21

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 21; 6-9pm
Experience and training required

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Set type, make polymer plates, print on MCBA's presses and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Reservations are first-come-first-served, and participants must have completed an introductory course on the press they are reserving (Vandercook, platen, sign). Fee covers inks and solvents; supply your own paper.

Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Prep screens, expose and print in MCBA's darkroom and printing studio, and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Fee covers screen use and emulsions; supply your own inks and paper.

Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Open Studio provides access to binding tools, cutting equipment, and fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers tool use plus some consumables (thread and PVA); supply your own bookboard, cloth, paper and other needs.

Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Beat fiber for paper for future sheet-forming. The studio's two Valley beaters can each hold approximately .75lb.(dry) of fiber (rag or half-stuff), and the Reina beater can hold up to 2lb.(dry) of fiber (half-stuff only). When you register, please specify which beater you'd like to reserve. Pre-weigh and pre-soak all fibers to be beaten. If you have taken a papermaking course but are not familiar with our paper beaters, Paper Beater trainings are offered every month. Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each 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.

Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)
Bring your prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. Attendees should schedule a time to pick up their paper the following day.

Register

Price: $20.00

Date: August 21, 2018

Garden Monotypes

Garden Monotypes
with Mary Leikvold and Claudia Danielson
Thursdays, August 23, 30; 6-9pm

Calling all garden lovers! In this lively class, students will transform plant material from their garden (or someone else’s) into beautiful one-of-a-kind prints. Monotypes offer the artist the spontaneity of painting combined with the structure and deliberation of printmaking. In this class, workshop participants will learn the basics then experiment and explore. Students will leave the class with a portfolio of prints celebrating the garden. Actual garden ownership not required. Beginners and experienced printmakers welcome.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 ($85 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 8/2/18

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Price: $95.00

Date: August 23, 2018

Paper Marbling: Special Effects

Paper Marbling: Special Effects
with Sally Power
Saturday, August 25; 10am-4pm
Introduction to Marbling or equivalent required

Go beyond patterns and explore a range of marbling techniques that create special effects! These techniques include: moiré and Spanish moiré, which make the marbled sheet look as if it’s folded or underwater; and over-marbling, which adds depth and complexity to the patterns. Methods for using white space and marbling on colored paper will also be explored.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 10/07/18

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Price: $75.00

Date: August 25, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Extreme Typesetting

Extreme Typesetting
with Jason Yoh
Sat-Sun, August 25 & 26; 10am-4pm

Break through the typographic grid by exploring historic and innovative methods for the composition of handset metal type. Manipulate the placement of type to create dynamic lockups on Vandercook cylinder presses in order to make round drink coasters, a small single sheet book, and self-directed projects.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$195 ($175 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 8/4/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: August 25, 2018

Open Studio 8/28

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 28; 6-9pm
Experience and training required

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Set type, make polymer plates, print on MCBA's presses and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Reservations are first-come-first-served, and participants must have completed an introductory course on the press they are reserving (Vandercook, platen, sign). Fee covers inks and solvents; supply your own paper.

Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Prep screens, expose and print in MCBA's darkroom and printing studio, and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Fee covers screen use and emulsions; supply your own inks and paper.

Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Open Studio provides access to binding tools, cutting equipment, and fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers tool use plus some consumables (thread and PVA); supply your own bookboard, cloth, paper and other needs.

Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Beat fiber for paper for future sheet-forming. The studio's two Valley beaters can each hold approximately .75lb.(dry) of fiber (rag or half-stuff), and the Reina beater can hold up to 2lb.(dry) of fiber (half-stuff only). When you register, please specify which beater you'd like to reserve. Pre-weigh and pre-soak all fibers to be beaten. If you have taken a papermaking course but are not familiar with our paper beaters, Paper Beater trainings are offered every month. Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each 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.

Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)
Bring your prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. Attendees should schedule a time to pick up their paper the following day.

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Price: $20.00

Date: August 28, 2018

Single-Evening Screen Printing: Wear Your Art

Single-Evening Screen Printing: Wear Your Art
with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Wednesday, August 29; 6-9pm

Learn the basics of screen printing through a combination of demonstrations and hands-on experimentation. Design and cut a stencil, and hand-pull your own prints to make a one-of-a-kind t-shirt, tote bag, or bandana! Draw a design to make printed buttons! Bring your sketches and ideas to class.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B or D

$55 ($50 members) + $15 supply fee

Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 8/8/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 29, 2018

Dirty Works: Paste Papers

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

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: September 7, 2018

Dirty Works: Pop-ups

Dirty Works: Pop-ups
with Olli Johnson
Friday, September 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Pop-ups take full advantage of the expressive potential of a book's imagery as they allow for moving, three-dimensional form within the book format. Combine dimension, movement, and interactive elements in your book works while learning fundamental folding and assembling technique. No prior paper engineering experience necessary, all experience levels welcome!

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: September 7, 2018

Dirty Works: Tiny Toothpick Journal

Dirty Works: Tiny Toothpick Journal
with Georgia A. Greeley
Friday, September 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn to use a piano hinge and simple toothpicks to make an unusual and dramatic-looking small book. Using interlocked folds and special cuts, this book holds together with no or minimal glue.

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: September 7, 2018

Dirty Works for Kids: Stamps for Mail Art

Dirty Works for Kids: Stamps for Mail Art
with Olli Johnson
Saturday, September 8; class 1-3pm

Make your own handmade stationery including unique envelopes, printed postcards, and a stamp while learning about the history and culture surrounding mail art.

Join us for Dirty Works for Kids, MCBA’s new series of second-Saturday classes for youth 7-12 years old. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend, but must register separately.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: September 8, 2018

Dirty Works: Simple Sewn and Folded Books

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

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

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Price: $35.00

Date: October 5, 2018

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing
with Erin Maurelli
Friday, October 5; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

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

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Price: $35.00

Date: October 5, 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 for Kids: Pop-up Dragons

Dirty Works for Kids: Pop-up Dragons
with Olli Johnson
Saturday, October 13; class 1-3pm

Create a dragon pop-up and design a fantasy home that is the perfect environment for your dragon.

Join us for Dirty Works for Kids, MCBA’s new series of second-Saturday classes for youth 7-12 years old. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend, but must register separately.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: October 13, 2018

Dirty Works: Screen Printing

Dirty Works: Screen Printing
with Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Friday, November 2; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn the basics of screen printing while creating your own unique print on a t-shirt and paper! Please bring your ideas and sketches to class (maximum 8 inches wide).

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: November 2, 2018

Dirty Works: Letterpress Printed Exquisite Corpse Poster

Dirty Works: Letterpress Printed Exquisite Corpse Poster
with Laura Brown
Friday, November 2; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Embrace collaboration and whimsy to create a poster using wood type from MCBA’s collection. Starting with a round of the surrealist parlor game exquisite corpse, the group will choose the best collaged phrases to set in type and print on the Vandercook press. Layering color and text will produce a playful and unique poster that exists at the intersection of visual and literary art.

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: November 2, 2018