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


 

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

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $22.50

Date: November 25, 2017

Available Spaces: 0

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

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Price: $26.00

Date: November 30, 2017

Combo Class with the Loft: Making Books as Gifts: Found Stories

Writing and Book Arts Combo Class with MCBA and the Loft Literary Center: Making Books as Gifts: Found Stories
with Keren Gudeman and MCBA Staff
Saturday, December 2; 9am-noon
For children ages 9-11
$55.50 regular, 49.95 member, $38.85 low-income

Join the Loft and MCBA to create your own books and fill them with interesting design, text and images. The first half is spent creating a unique set of books. The second half of class is spent exploring words, found poetry and stories, writing and collaging. You'll create a variety of personalized books that can be given as gifts for the holidays.

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

Price: Free Event

Date: December 2, 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

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Price: $32.00

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

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Price: $20.00

Date: December 9, 2017

Magical Kingdom of Book Arts

Magical Kingdom of Book Arts
with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, January 20; 10am–12 noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Rally royalty for Jean Gralley’s Yonderfel’s Castle and then build a pop-up castle book of your own! Make a magic wand-on-a-stick book for your court magician. Fold a dragon book as tall as you to guard the drawbridge. And create a crown-in-your-pocket book to wear at your court occasions.

Join Ellen Ferrari for Saturday and Sunday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into book arts projects. 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) + $2.50 supply fee

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Price: $40.00

Date: January 20, 2018

SWEET books FOR THE SWEET

SWEET books FOR THE SWEET
with Ellen Ferrari
Sunday, February 11; 1-3pm
For families with children ages 2 and up

Valentines Day at MCBA = sweets and books. Enjoy Pinky’s Sweet Tooth by Michele Malkin and then bind books using REAL sweets! Licorice whip stitch books. Candy stick binding books. Lollipop on a stick books. Snack sized chocolate bar books. And books with candy wrapper covers – after you eat the two candies!

Join Ellen Ferrari for Saturday and Sunday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into book arts projects. 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) + $2.50 supply fee

Register

Price: $40.00

Date: February 11, 2018

Fishing Opener

Fishing Opener
with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, March 10; 10am-12pm noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Kevin Sherry’s I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean is our fishing opener. Make a lake with fish stamps and cookie cutters. Create creatures with letters F–I–S–H, E–E–L, etc. Incise a big ocean thing block and print with brayers and barens. Use a roller stamp for schools of fish. Finish with gyotaku – Japanese fish printing!

Join Ellen Ferrari for Saturday and Sunday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into book arts projects. 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) + $2.50 supply fee

Register

Price: $40.00

Date: March 10, 2018

Painting with Water!

Painting with Water!
with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, April 21; 10am-12pm noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Be amazed by Magic Paint Day by Shaheen Bilgrami and then amaze yourself by painting ON WATER! Learn the art of marbling using specially prepared water, paint and paper. Create lots of colorful patterns using everyday tools like forks, straws and toothpicks. Begin projects here to finish when your marbled paper dries.

Join Ellen Ferrari for Saturday and Sunday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into book arts projects. 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) + $2.50 supply fee

Register

Price: $17.50

Date: April 21, 2018