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Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section A)

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section A)
with Sally Power
Saturday, June 23; 10am-4pm
Marbling experience required

Patterns are an essential technique of marbling. Designed for those who have experience marbling, this workshop will focus on patterns, such as nonpareil, chevron, and their variations. Through instruction and demonstrations, learn how a single traditional marbling pattern is a starting point for multiple variations. Experiment with patterns and begin to build your technique and palette with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout. This workshop is a prerequisite for Patterns II.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 4/21/18

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Price: $95.00

Date: June 23, 2018

Open Studio 6/26

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, June 26; 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: June 26, 2018

Dirty Works: Relief Printing

Dirty Works: Relief Printing
with Dana LeMoine
Friday, July 6; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Relief block printing is fun and easy. Learn how to carve your very own two-color design. Once carving is finished, explore a variety of ways to hand-print your blocks. Please bring a black and white 4 x 6 inch drawing to class (colors can be changed during the printing process).

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

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $35.00

Date: July 6, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Dirty Works: Pop-ups

Dirty Works: Pop-ups
with Olli Johnson
Friday, July 6; 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: July 6, 2018

Dirty Works: Origami - Butterflies

Dirty Works: Origami - Butterflies
with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, July 6; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn to fold a variety of origami butterflies to decorate your home, a letter, or to incorporate into your artwork.

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: July 6, 2018

Open Studio: Marbling 7/7

Open Studio: Marbling
Saturday, July 7; 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: July 7, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Mapping Yourself (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

Mapping Yourself: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
with Keren Gudeman and MCBA staff
Monday-Friday, July 9-13; 9am-12pm
For students ages 6-8

You are many things: student, friend, artist...and what else? Make your own book and fill it with maps about you! Maybe you contain a river of music, an island of candy, a mountain of words or an iceberg of kindness. This class is for aspiring illustrators and wordsmiths who like filling entire pages with color and life. Each day you’ll write, draw and collage maps filled with your interests, personality, relationships and life stories. By the end of the week you’ll have used a printing press, explored paper arts, and made a hand-made book filled with YOU—unique autobiographical maps in words, metaphor, color and imagery.

$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 9, 2018

Spirited Journaling

Spirited Journaling
with Sheila Asato
Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-9pm

The creative spirit expresses itself through image, color, shape, texture and language. Spirited journaling is a way to explore and expand our inner lives, to strengthen our creative muscles, deepen our understanding and work with dreams. In this class you will cultivate that creative spirit through a variety of practices including simple bookbinding, watercolor, collage and lettering. No artistic experience necessary, just a willingness to explore. You will leave with a unique journal filled with pages that reflect your expanding creative spirit.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 ($175 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 6/18/18

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Price: $195.00

Date: July 9, 2018

Open Studio 7/10

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, July 10; 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 10, 2018

Paper Beater Training 7/10

Training: Paper Beater
Tuesday, July 10; 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: July 10, 2018

Intermediate Papermaking: Exploring the Handmade Paper-to-Print Link

Intermediate Papermaking: Exploring the Handmade Paper-to-Print Link
with Bridget O'Malley
Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8; 6-9pm

The connection between paper and print is obvious. Sometimes overlooked are the many possibilities of imparting imagery into the paper as it is made and after it is dried. Investigate the paper-to-print link through the use of such techniques as: watermarking, stencil blow-outs, embossing, screen printing with paper pulp, low relief casting onto linoleum blocks, and more.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category B, C, or D

$290 ($260 members) + $50 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $230, valid through 6/20/18

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Price: $260.00

Date: July 11, 2018

Mixed Media Die Cuts

Mixed Media Die Cuts
with TJ Goerlitz
Thursday, July 12; 6-9pm

Turn your two-dimensional creation into a three-dimensional container! Learn how a flat sheet of paper can be transformed into a variety of containers after cutting and folding. Start by scraping, splattering, and layering acrylic, watercolor, gouache, colored pencils, and stamps. Then use MCBA’s die cutting machine to quickly cut your paper so it can be folded into a unique box shape. Experiment with various styles. Dress for mess.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B

$55 ($50 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 6/21/18

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Price: $220.00

Date: July 12, 2018

Ephemer(ish) Platen Letterpress Printing

Ephemer(ish) Platen Letterpress Printing
with Jason Yoh
Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, August 2; 6-9pm

Explore the outer limits of correspondence art and printed ephemera by thinking small. Using MCBA’s amazing collection of platen presses and wood and metal type, instruction will cover a range of topics including multi-color registration, and finishing processes like die cutting and perforation. Create editions of your own original small art objects like facsimile postage stamps and postcards. This class will be a great opportunity to try new tools and techniques.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$195 ($175 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 6/21/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: July 12, 2018

Introduction to Screen Printing

Introduction to Screen Printing
with Dana LeMoine
Thursdays: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9; 6-9pm

This course will focus on the basics of screen printing, providing students with the fundamental knowledge necessary to explore and experiment on their own. In MCBA's darkroom and screen printing studio, students will learn the basics of design, screen exposure, ink and multi-color printing. Design demos will include hand-drawn images, photocopies, and hand-cut stencils. Printing demos will include registration techniques and successful printing tips for paper, plywood, fabric and apparel. The class will culminate with a group critique of work produced by each during the course as well as a class print exchange.
Certificate: 15 hours, Category A or D

$240 ($220 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $200, valid through 6/21/18

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Price: $200.00

Date: July 12, 2018

Dirty Works for Kids: Zines

Dirty Works for Kids: Zines
with Jill Weese
Saturday, July 14; class 1-3pm

Do you want to publish your own books? Learn how to create single sheet books to photocopy and share with your friends.

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: July 14, 2018

Open Studio: Papermaking 7/14

Open Studio: Papermaking
Saturday, July 14; 10am-4pm
Papermaking experience required

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. Participants must register two days in advance to allow studio monitors to prep materials or the session will be subject to cancellation. Beater availability is limited.

$25 ($20 members)

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Price: $20.00

Date: July 14, 2018

Pasta Press Bookplates

Pasta Press Bookplates
with Laura Andrews and Dean Trisko
Saturday, July 14; 10am-4pm

Did you know that you could make a small-scale printing press from a pasta press? Design, etch and print your own bookplates in this workshop. This class will introduce you to the basics of intaglio printing, and show you methods of adapting a pasta press into a tiny printing press. Each participant will create a bookplate design, etch and print their copper plate, and leave class with their own unique bookplates. Some experience helpful, but open to all levels.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 ($85 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 6/23/18

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Price: $85.00

Date: July 14, 2018

Screen Printed Single-Sheet Zines

Screen Printed Single-Sheet Zines
with Fiona Avocado
Saturdays, July 14, 21, 28; 1-5pm
Intro to screen printing or equivalent experience required

Take your basic screen printing skill sets further by combining illustration, screen printing, and book forms to create your own screenprinted tiny zines. Come with an idea for a story, illustrate it on sheets of vellum to create transparencies. Practice multi-color screen printing and registration, and explore the potential of the single-sheet book form. Leave with copies of your zine, and exchange with other class participants to start building your own zine library!

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 6/23/18

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Price: $195.00

Date: July 14, 2018

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section B)

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section B)
with Sally Power
Sunday, July 15; 10am-4pm
Marbling experience required

Patterns are an essential technique of marbling. Designed for those who have experience marbling, this workshop will focus on patterns, such as nonpareil, chevron, and their variations. Through instruction and demonstrations, learn how a single traditional marbling pattern is a starting point for multiple variations. Experiment with patterns and begin to build your technique and palette with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout. This workshop is a prerequisite for Patterns II.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 6/24/2018

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Price: $75.00

Date: July 15, 2018

5 Centers: Relative Connections (MCBA/Northern Clay Center combo camp)

5 Centers: Relative Connections (MCBA/Northern Clay Center combo camp)
with Northern Clay Center and MCBA staff
Monday-Friday, July 16-20; 9am-3pm
For youth age 9+

In every family there are special connections and stories that have stood the test of time. Expand your connection to those people you call family by exploring the stories and objects that remind you most of them. Students will spend one day of the week at each of our partners in the following order: Textile Center, FilmNorth, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and Northern Clay Center. Please register through Northern Clay Center.

$315
Register online through Northern Clay Center or call 612-339-8007.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 16, 2018

Open Studio 7/17

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, July 17; 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 17, 2018

Cutting Equipment Training 7/17

Cutting Equipment Training
Tuesday, July 17; 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: July 17, 2018

Let's Go to the Pet Store!

Let's Go to the Pet Store!
with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, July 17; 10am-12pm
For families with children ages 2 and up

Celebrate pets with And Here’s to You by David Elliot. Create imaginary pets with shape stamps. Fill a pet store with animal stamps and cookie cutters. Print pet pictures using letters D-O-G, C-A-T, etc. Celebrate running and flying pets with a roller stamp. Celebrate swimming pets by fish printing. Animal crackers for all.

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 17, 2018

A Museum without Glass - Tour HMML with MCBA

A Museum without Glass -- Tour HMML with MCBA

Friday, July 20, 2018; 8am-5:30pm
$77 members/$85 non-members

Join us for a special day-long tour of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s Abbey and University. Experience original folios from The Saint John’s Bible and explore rare printed books and manuscripts from the HMML collection. Join others in the MCBA community for this unique chance to engage with these incredible works up-close-and-personal, without glass cases.

Tour participants will also have the opportunity to join the Benedictine monastic community for noon prayer in the mid-century modern Abbey Church. A relaxing lunch in the Great Hall Founders Room will break up the day, and there will be some free time to explore the campus grounds.

Please note, there is a great deal of walking and stairs on the campus and guests will have to move from building to building throughout the day. Tour fee includes charter bus from MCBA to Saint John’s, private tours, lunch*, and a loaf of “Johnnie” bread baked at the University.

*Lunch includes a sandwich bar and soup.

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Price: $77.00

Date: July 20, 2018

Available Spaces: 29

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

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Price: $155.00

Date: July 21, 2018

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

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Price: $75.00

Date: July 21, 2018

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.

Register

Price: $20.00

Date: July 24, 2018

Let's Go to the Bakery!

Let's Go to the Bakery!
with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, July 24; 10am-12pm
For families with children ages 2 and up

First, come hungry for Whopper Cake by Karma Wilson and Will Hillenbrand. Second, make a triangle-shaped pie book a la mode. Third, make a whopper-sized chocolate cake book. And last, make a cookie book with cookie bags and silverware. There will be sweet treats to eat.

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

Register

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.

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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 Erin Maurelli
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