Family and Preschool Classes

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.


Family Classes


Print Your Own Poster – “The Places We Love”

Print Your Own Poster – “The Places We Love”
Saturday, March 25, 10am-noon
For families with children 6 and up

The theme and inspiration for this class is “The places we love”. Come to class with ideas for images of your favorite place and create a pressure printed poster. Participants will use a Vandercook printing press to make multiple copies. Leave with unique artwork to hang in your home!

Adult/child pair: $40 ($36 members) + $8 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $20 ($18 members) + $4 supply fee



Price: $18.00

Date: March 25, 2017

Celebrate Earth Day

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

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

Join Ellen Ferrari for Saturday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into a book arts project. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning.

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


Price: $14.50

Date: April 22, 2017


Preschool Book Arts Series

Get a jump on literacy in interactive preschool 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 be introduced. These workshops emphasize visual decision-making, improving manual dexterity and instilling a love of books, and can be repeated over and over again as projects change each session. Dress for mess.

You can attend individual classes, or register for an entire six-class session at a reduced rate! Simply register for the first class in either session and select one of the full session pricing options.



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