Youth and Family Classes

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Family classes allow kids and their adults to work side-by-side creating fun and unique books, handmade paper and printmaking projects.

Learn about the techniques, processes and tools you are using while exploring the world of book arts. MCBA’s family and preschool classes support literacy and pre-literacy skills, develop manual dexterity, and spark a lifelong love of books and art. See class descriptions below for appropriate age ranges.

Every participant (children and adults) will receive a set of materials for each project; adult/child pairs may choose to work side-by-side and complete two, or work together using one set and take the other set home. Children ages 9 and up may take family workshops with an adult or independently.

Register ONLINE using the buttons below, IN PERSON at The Shop at MCBA, or BY PHONE at 612-215-2520.

Siblings, cousins, grandparents — bring the whole family! Additional participants (children or adults) are always welcome; simply click the registration button for the class, then you can select the number of additional participants. If registering additional children, please include their name(s) and age(s) in the field provided during Step 2 of the registration check-out process.

Please make every effort to register at least one week in advance of any class. Decisions about whether to cancel a class or add a section are typically made one week prior to the start of the class. If online registration for a class is not available, you may call The Shop at 612-215-2520 to inquire about availability or put your name on a waiting list in case of any cancellations. Our complete registration and cancellation policies are available here.

 

Youth & Family Classes


 

Homeschool Book Arts Series: Printmakers/Bookmakers

Homeschool Book Arts Series: Exploring Collage in 3 Dimensions
7 Wednesdays: October 4, November 1, December 6, February 7, March 7, and April 4
Grades 7-12
$139 per student for all seven classes!

Explore printmaking, bookbinding, and decorative papermaking in this hands-on, information rich series. Students will use multiple printing processes and presses in the creation of a printed meander book using personal symbols and a printed poster. Handmade decorative paper will be used to cover the board of multiple hard cover books, create a pamphlet book, and an origami wallet. This series is designed for up to 10 students, so reserve your spot today!

Suminagashi Paper Marbling
October 4, 2017; 1:00-2:30pm

Personal Symbol Printing
November 1, 2017; 1:00-2:30pm

Hardcover Meander Symbol Book
December 6, 2017; 1:00-2:30pm

Hardcover Case
February 7, 2018; 1:00-2:30pm

Softcover Pamphlet-Stitched Book and Pockets
March 7, 2018; 1:00-2:30pm

Origami Wallet
April 4, 2108; 1:00-3:00pm

Pressure Printed Poster with Sign Press Printed Text
May 2, 2018; 1:00-3:30pm

For more information and to register with Nic Rosenau for this series visit: homeschoolrecess.com/ft/2557725577

Price: Free Event

Date: October 4, 2017

Preschool Fall Session: Wacky Food Books

Preschool Fall Session: Wacky Food Books
Thursday, October 5; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

Get a jump on literacy in interactive pre-school book arts classes with Ellen Ferrari. Children and adults work together to make paper, print patterns, shapes and letters and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each class begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools and processes will also be introduced. These workshops emphasize visual decision-making, improving manual dexterity and a love of books and can be repeated over and over again as projects change each session. Dress for mess.

Register for a single class or an entire six-class session at a reduced rate

All sessions:

Fall Session: 4 Thursdays: October 5–26, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

October 5 Wacky Food Books
October 12 Object Printing Crazy Shapes
October 19 Printing Press ABCs
October 26 Papermaking Fall

Register

Price: $15.00

Date: October 5, 2017

Preschool Fall Session: Object Printing Crazy Shapes

Preschool Fall Session: Object Printing Crazy Shapes
Thursday, October 12; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

Get a jump on literacy in interactive pre-school book arts classes with Ellen Ferrari. Children and adults work together to make paper, print patterns, shapes and letters and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each class begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools and processes will also be introduced. These workshops emphasize visual decision-making, improving manual dexterity and a love of books and can be repeated over and over again as projects change each session. Dress for mess.

Register for a single class or an entire four-class session at a reduced rate

All sessions:

Fall Session: 4 Thursdays: October 5–26, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
October 5 Wacky Food Books
October 12 Object Printing Crazy Shapes
October 19 Printing Press ABCs
October 26 Papermaking Fall

Register

Price: $51.00

Date: October 12, 2017

‘Round the World

‘Round the World
with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, October 14, 10am–12 noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Celebrate people and cultures from around the world with Nicki Weiss’ The World Turns Round and Round and then create books from around the world. Sew a Japanese rice paper book. Fold a Mexican curandero book. String a Southeast Asian slatted palm book. Roll up an Ethiopian wish scroll. Make a circle world book, too!

Adult/Child pair: $32 ($29) + 6 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $16 ($14.50) + $3 supply fee

Register

Price: $16.00

Date: October 14, 2017

Combo Class with the Loft: Making Comics

Writing and Book Arts Combo Class with MCBA and the Loft Literary Center: Making Comics
with Tom Spence
Saturday, October 14; 9am-noon
For children ages 6-8
$55.50 regular, 49.95 member, $38.85 low-income

In this fun comics class, students are introduced to the standard building blocks for producing a successful comic story: character and story development, conceptualizing a main protagonist; developing a narrative for their main characters to inhabit. Once we have the building blocks down, we'll practice our new found skills in our own hand-bound sketchbook while also learning to utilize the variety of effects that different kinds of panels have on story, how they interact with one another across the page, and how text and dialogue are used to enhance our work. The remainder of class will be dedicated to allowing students to apply their story to a hand made mini-comic book they'll create in studio space at MCBA!

For more information and to register, visit the Loft Literary Center's website.

Price: Free Event

Date: October 14, 2017

Preschool Fall Session: Printing Press ABCs

Preschool Fall Session: Printing Press ABCs
Thursday, October 19; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

Get a jump on literacy in interactive pre-school book arts classes with Ellen Ferrari. Children and adults work together to make paper, print patterns, shapes and letters and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each class begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools and processes will also be introduced. These workshops emphasize visual decision-making, improving manual dexterity and a love of books and can be repeated over and over again as projects change each session. Dress for mess.

Register for a single class or an entire four-class session at a reduced rate

All sessions:

Fall Session: 4 Thursdays: October 5–26, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
October 5 Wacky Food Books
October 12 Object Printing Crazy Shapes
October 19 Printing Press ABCs
October 26 Papermaking Fall

Register

Price: $26.00

Date: October 19, 2017

Wee Book Series: Advanced Structures with Hard Covers! (10/21)

Sunday Wee Book Series: Advanced Structures with Hard Covers
Mini Pocket Accordion Book, Mini Petal Fold Book, & Mini Sewn Pocket Folder
Saturday, October 21; 1-3pm
For adults and children ages 9 and up

Love miniature books? In this series of playful, hands-on classes, learn how to make a bunch of them in no time at all! Great for families with kids, or for kids-at-heart!

Adult/Child pair: $30 ($27 members) + $7 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $15 ($13 members) + $4 supply fee
Individual adult participant: $20 ($18 members) + $4 supply fee

Register for the entire four-class series at a reduced rate:
Adult/child pair $110 ($99 members) + $25 supply fee
Additional child participants: $55 ($50 members) + $13 supply fee
Individual adult participants $75 ($70 members) + $13 supply fee

All sessions:

Four sessions will be offered, with different binding styles at each:

Saturday, October 21; 1-3pm
Mini Pocket Accordion Book, Mini Petal Fold Book, & Mini Sewn Pocket Folder

Saturday, October 28; 1-3pm
Mini Landscape Pop-Up Book, Mini Tunnel Book, & Mini Tabbed Pocket Folder

Saturday, November 4; 1-3pm
Mini Hidden Page Book, Mini Stab Bound Book, & Mini Japanese Pocket Folder

Saturday, November 18; 1-3pm
Mini Hardcover Sketchbook & Mini Pop-Out Book

Register

Price: $99.00

Date: October 21, 2017

Preschool Fall Session: Papermaking

Preschool Fall Session: Papermaking
Thursday, October 26; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

Get a jump on literacy in interactive pre-school book arts classes with Ellen Ferrari. Children and adults work together to make paper, print patterns, shapes and letters and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each class begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools and processes will also be introduced. These workshops emphasize visual decision-making, improving manual dexterity and a love of books and can be repeated over and over again as projects change each session. Dress for mess.

Register for a single class or an entire four-class session at a reduced rate

All sessions:

Fall Session: 4 Thursdays: October 5–26, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
October 5 Wacky Food Books
October 12 Object Printing Crazy Shapes
October 19 Printing Press ABCs
October 26 Papermaking Fall

Register

Price: $26.00

Date: October 26, 2017

Wee Book Series: Advanced Structures with Hard Covers! (10/28)

Sunday Wee Book Series: Advanced Structures with Hard Covers
Mini Landscape Pop-Up Book, Mini Tunnel Book, & Mini Tabbed Pocket Folder
Saturday, October 28; 1-3pm
For adults and children ages 9 and up

Love miniature books? In this series of playful, hands-on classes, learn how to make a bunch of them in no time at all! Great for families with kids, or for kids-at-heart!

Adult/Child pair: $30 ($27 members) + $7 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $15 ($13 members) + $4 supply fee
Individual adult participant: $20 ($18 members) + $4 supply fee

Register for the entire four-class series at a reduced rate:
Adult/child pair $110 ($99 members) + $25 supply fee
Additional child participants: $55 ($50 members) + $13 supply fee
Individual adult participants $75 ($70 members) + $13 supply fee

All sessions:

Four sessions will be offered, with different binding styles at each:

Saturday, October 21; 1-3pm
Mini Pocket Accordion Book, Mini Petal Fold Book, & Mini Sewn Pocket Folder

Saturday, October 28; 1-3pm
Mini Landscape Pop-Up Book, Mini Tunnel Book, & Mini Tabbed Pocket Folder

Saturday, November 4; 1-3pm
Mini Hidden Page Book, Mini Stab Bound Book, & Mini Japanese Pocket Folder

Saturday, November 18; 1-3pm
Mini Hardcover Sketchbook & Mini Pop-Out Book

Register

Price: $70.00

Date: October 28, 2017

Combo Class with the Loft: Haunted House, Hidden Passages

Writing and Book Arts Combo Class with MCBA and the Loft Literary Center: Haunted House, Hidden Passages
with Holly Day and MCBA staff
Saturday, October 28; 9am-noon
For children ages 9-11
$55.50 regular, 49.95 member, $38.85 low-income

While it's so much fun to read a good, spooky ghost story, it's even more fun to write one of your own! First, we'll create a hand made haunted house hidden page book in the (scary, spine tingling) studios at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Then we'll read some classic, age-appropriate ghost stories, and talk about why the idea of a haunted house is so thrilling to so many of us. Once character development and basic story form is discussed, we'll get to work writing our own ghost stories to put in our newly created book. But, this is no ordinary book..... it holds a secret hiding place just waiting to surprise and thrill your readers!

For more information and to register, visit the Loft Literary Center's website.

Price: Free Event

Date: October 28, 2017

Preschool Holiday Session: Book Ornaments / Ornament Books

Preschool Holiday Session: Book Ornaments / Ornament Books
Thursday, November 2; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

Get a jump on literacy in interactive pre-school book arts classes with Ellen Ferrari. Children and adults work together to make paper, print patterns, shapes and letters and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each class begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools and processes will also be introduced. These workshops emphasize visual decision-making, improving manual dexterity and a love of books and can be repeated over and over again as projects change each session. Dress for mess.

Register for a single class or an entire four-class session at a reduced rate

All sessions:

Holiday Session: 4 Thursdays: November 2–30, 1:30–2:30pm

November 2 Book Ornaments/Ornament Books
November 9 Paste Paper Gift Wrap
November 16 Pressure Printing Greeting Cards
November 30 Marbling Home Decorations

Register

Price: $26.00

Date: November 2, 2017

Wee Book Series: Advanced Structures with Hard Covers! (11/04)

Sunday Wee Book Series: Advanced Structures with Hard Covers
Mini Hidden Page Book, Mini Stab Bound Book, & Mini Japanese Pocket Folder
Saturday, November 4; 1-3pm
For adults and children ages 9 and up

Love miniature books? In this series of playful, hands-on classes, learn how to make a bunch of them in no time at all! Great for families with kids, or for kids-at-heart!

Adult/Child pair: $30 ($27 members) + $7 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $15 ($13 members) + $4 supply fee
Individual adult participant: $20 ($18 members) + $4 supply fee

Register for the entire four-class series at a reduced rate:
Adult/child pair $110 ($99 members) + $25 supply fee
Additional child participants: $55 ($50 members) + $13 supply fee
Individual adult participants $75 ($70 members) + $13 supply fee

All sessions:

Four sessions will be offered, with different binding styles at each:

Saturday, October 21; 1-3pm
Mini Pocket Accordion Book, Mini Petal Fold Book, & Mini Sewn Pocket Folder

Saturday, October 28; 1-3pm
Mini Landscape Pop-Up Book, Mini Tunnel Book, & Mini Tabbed Pocket Folder

Saturday, November 4; 1-3pm
Mini Hidden Page Book, Mini Stab Bound Book, & Mini Japanese Pocket Folder

Saturday, November 18; 1-3pm
Mini Hardcover Sketchbook & Mini Pop-Out Book

Register

Price: $70.00

Date: November 4, 2017

Preschool Holiday Session: Paste Paper Gift Wrap

Preschool Holiday Session: Paste Paper Gift Wrap
Thursday, November 9; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

Get a jump on literacy in interactive pre-school book arts classes with Ellen Ferrari. Children and adults work together to make paper, print patterns, shapes and letters and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each class begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools and processes will also be introduced. These workshops emphasize visual decision-making, improving manual dexterity and a love of books and can be repeated over and over again as projects change each session. Dress for mess.

Register for a single class or an entire four-class session at a reduced rate

All sessions:

Holiday Session: 4 Thursdays: November 2–30, 1:30–2:30pm

November 2 Book Ornaments/Ornament Books
November 9 Paste Paper Gift Wrap
November 16 Pressure Printing Greeting Cards
November 30 Marbling Home Decorations

Register

Price: $28.00

Date: November 9, 2017

Preschool Holiday Session: Pressure Printing Greeting Cards

Preschool Holiday Session: Pressure Printing Greeting Cards
Thursday, November 16; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

Get a jump on literacy in interactive pre-school book arts classes with Ellen Ferrari. Children and adults work together to make paper, print patterns, shapes and letters and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each class begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools and processes will also be introduced. These workshops emphasize visual decision-making, improving manual dexterity and a love of books and can be repeated over and over again as projects change each session. Dress for mess.

Register for a single class or an entire four-class session at a reduced rate

All sessions:

Holiday Session: 4 Thursdays: November 2–30, 1:30–2:30pm

November 2 Book Ornaments/Ornament Books
November 9 Paste Paper Gift Wrap
November 16 Pressure Printing Greeting Cards
November 30 Marbling Home Decorations

Register

Price: $26.00

Date: November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Paper Dinner

Thanksgiving Paper Dinner
with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, November 18, 10am–12 noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Celebrate the colors and aromas of Thanksgiving dinner by “cooking” up some paper. Start by pulling sheets of white paper, then add onion skin yellow, cabbage purple, cranberry red, orange orange, and more! Use herbs and spices, such as crumpled sage, grated cinnamon and nutmeg, too.
Waterproof shoes are suggested.

Adult/Child pair: $32 ($29) + 6 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $16 ($14.50) + $3 supply fee

Register

Price: $14.50

Date: November 18, 2017

Wee Book Series: Advanced Structures with Hard Covers! (11/18)

Sunday Wee Book Series: Advanced Structures with Hard Covers
Mini Hardcover Sketchbook & Mini Pop-Out Book
Saturday, November 18; 1-3pm
For adults and children ages 9 and up

Love miniature books? In this series of playful, hands-on classes, learn how to make a bunch of them in no time at all! Great for families with kids, or for kids-at-heart!

Adult/Child pair: $30 ($27 members) + $7 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $15 ($13 members) + $4 supply fee
Individual adult participant: $20 ($18 members) + $4 supply fee

Register for the entire four-class series at a reduced rate:
Adult/child pair $110 ($99 members) + $25 supply fee
Additional child participants: $55 ($50 members) + $13 supply fee
Individual adult participants $75 ($70 members) + $13 supply fee

All sessions:

Four sessions will be offered, with different binding styles at each:

Saturday, October 21; 1-3pm
Mini Pocket Accordion Book, Mini Petal Fold Book, & Mini Sewn Pocket Folder

Saturday, October 28; 1-3pm
Mini Landscape Pop-Up Book, Mini Tunnel Book, & Mini Tabbed Pocket Folder

Saturday, November 4; 1-3pm
Mini Hidden Page Book, Mini Stab Bound Book, & Mini Japanese Pocket Folder

Saturday, November 18; 1-3pm
Mini Hardcover Sketchbook & Mini Pop-Out Book

Register

Price: $70.00

Date: November 18, 2017

Printed Holiday Notecards

Printed Holiday Notecards
Saturday, November 25, 12:30-4:00 pm
For families with children grades 1 and up

Embrace your holiday spirit by making your own cards this year! Each adult/child pair will create note cards with a festive image and letterpress greeting, while learning to use the Platen and Vandercook Presses. Students will design their own holiday images and choose text from a variety of messages. Each pair will print 40 cards. Single/additional participants will print 20 cards. Envelopes will be provided. These cards are sure to be holiday favorites!

Adult/Child pair: $50 ($45 members) + $10 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $25 ($22.50) + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $22.50

Date: November 25, 2017

Preschool Holiday Session: Marbling Home Decorations

Preschool Holiday Session: Marbling Home Decorations
Thursday, November 30; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

Get a jump on literacy in interactive pre-school book arts classes with Ellen Ferrari. Children and adults work together to make paper, print patterns, shapes and letters and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each class begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools and processes will also be introduced. These workshops emphasize visual decision-making, improving manual dexterity and a love of books and can be repeated over and over again as projects change each session. Dress for mess.

Register for a single class or an entire four-class session at a reduced rate

All sessions:

Holiday Session: 4 Thursdays: November 2–30, 1:30–2:30pm

November 2 Book Ornaments/Ornament Books
November 9 Paste Paper Gift Wrap
November 16 Pressure Printing Greeting Cards
November 30 Marbling Home Decorations

Register

Price: $26.00

Date: November 30, 2017

Books + Dinosaurs = BOOKOSAURS!

Books + Dinosaurs = BOOKOSAURS!
with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, December 2, 10am–12 noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

For Bob Shea, it’s Dinosaur Versus the Library. For us, it’s a dinosaur-book-filled library! A TALL M-folded argentinosaurus. A BROAD pop-out triceratops. A FLYING flag pterodactyl. A big pop-up tyrannosaurus – WITH TEETH! And a DEEP tunnel habitat for all other prehistoric favorites.

Adult/Child pair: $32 ($29) + 6 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $16 ($14.50) + $3 supply fee

Register

Price: $14.50

Date: December 2, 2017

Marbled Paper, Holiday Ornaments and Gift Tags

Marbled Paper, Holiday Ornaments and Gift Tags
Saturday, December 9, 10:30 am-1:30 pm (lunch at 11:30-noon)
For families with children grades 1 and up

Learn the ancient art of traditional Turkish Ebru Paper Marbling to create papers with beautiful designs and colorful patterns. Marble multiple sheets and then make a set of gift tags and holiday star shaped ornaments. This class promises a beautifully original set of holiday treasures! Please bring a snack or bag lunch for a break midway through the class.

Adult/Child pair: $45 ($40) + $10 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $22.50 ($20) + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $40.00

Date: December 9, 2017