Family and Preschool 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.

 

Summer/Fall 2014 Family Class Schedule


 

Halloween Mask Booooo-ks!

Halloween Mask Booooo-ks! with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, October 18; 10am–noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Get ready for Halloween by creating your own boootiful Halloween mask book – or is it a book mask? A book for stories, a mask for trick or treats, and a Halloween ghost book, too!

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: $30 ($27 members) + $6 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $15 ($13.50 members) + $3 supply fee

Register for this Class

Price: $15.00

Date: October 18, 2014

Haunted House Bookmaking and Spooky Bat Pop-Out Books!

Haunted House Bookmaking and Spooky Bat Pop-Out Books!
Saturday, October 25; 1-3pm
For families with children Grade 1 and up

Celebrate Halloween by making your own hidden-page Haunted House book and a spooky bat pop-out book, both perfect to fill with terrifying tales!

Adult/child pair: $30 ($27 members) + $6 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $15 ($13.50 members) + $3 supply fee

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Price: $15.00

Date: October 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Paper Dinner

Thanksgiving Paper Dinner with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, November 15; 10am–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 and more! Add herbs and spices such as crumpled sage, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dress for mess with waterproof shoes.

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: $30 ($27 members) + $6 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $15 ($13.50 members) + $3 supply fee

Register for this Class

Price: $15.00

Date: November 15, 2014

Marbled Paper, Holiday Ornaments and Gift Tags

Marbled Paper, Holiday Ornaments and Gift Tags
Saturday, November 29; 10:30am–1:30pm
For families with children Grade 1 and up

Learn the ancient art of Turkish Ebru marbling to embellish paper with beautiful designs and colorful patterns. Create multiple sheets and then make a set of gift tags and star-shaped holiday ornaments.

Adult/child pair: $40 ($36 members) + $10 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $20 ($18 members) + $5 supply fee

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Price: $20.00

Date: November 29, 2014

Printed Holiday Note Cards

Printed Holiday Note Cards
Saturday, November 29; 12:30–4pm
For families with children Grade 1 and up

Jump into the holiday spirit by making your own cards. Each adult/child pair will learn to use the platen and Vandercook presses while creating note cards with a festive image and letterpress greeting. Students will design their own holiday images and choose text from a variety of messages. Each pair will print 40 cards, and envelopes will be provided. A perennial favorite! (If this section sells out, a second section may be added on December 13.)

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

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Price: $22.50

Date: November 29, 2014

Magical Kingdom of Book Arts

Magical Kingdom of Book Arts with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, December 6; 10am–noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Build a pop-up castle book, 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 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: $30 ($27 members) + $6 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $15 ($13.50 members) + $3 supply fee

Register for this Class

Price: $30.00

Date: December 6, 2014



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Fall 2014 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 register for individual classes, or register for an entire four-class session and receive an additional discount! (To register for a complete session, simply add any class in that session to your shopping cart, and then select the “Full session (all four classes)” option.)

Single class:
Adult/child pair: $15 ($14 members) + $2 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $8 ($7) + $1 supply fee

Full session (4 classes):
Adult/child pair: $56 ($51 members) + $8 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $28 ($26) + $4 supply fee


 

Preschool Fall Session: Wacky Food Books

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

For families with children ages 3-5

MCBA's workshops for preschoolers provide authentic studio art experiences for children 3 to 5 years old with an adult partner. These specialized workshops provide an introduction to the book arts focusing on pre-literacy skills. Each class starts with story time, with books that tie into that day's art activity. Adults are active participants in the classes, learning and working alongside preschoolers on a variety of hands-on activities.

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Price: $56.00

Date: October 2, 2014

Preschool Fall Session: Object Printing Crazy Shapes

Preschool Fall Session: Object Printing Crazy Shapes
Thursday, October 9; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

MCBA's workshops for preschoolers provide authentic studio art experiences for children 3 to 5 years old with an adult partner. These specialized workshops provide an introduction to the book arts focusing on pre-literacy skills. Each class starts with story time, with books that tie into that day's art activity. Adults are active participants in the classes, learning and working alongside preschoolers on a variety of hands-on activities.

Register for this Class

Price: $56.00

Date: October 9, 2014

Preschool Fall Session: Printing Press ABCs

Preschool Fall Session: Printing Press ABCs
Thursday, October 16; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

MCBA's workshops for preschoolers provide authentic studio art experiences for children 3 to 5 years old with an adult partner. These specialized workshops provide an introduction to the book arts focusing on pre-literacy skills. Each class starts with story time, with books that tie into that day's art activity. Adults are active participants in the classes, learning and working alongside preschoolers on a variety of hands-on activities.

Register for this Class

Price: $28.00

Date: October 16, 2014

Preschool Fall Session: Papermaking

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

For families with children ages 3-5

MCBA's workshops for preschoolers provide authentic studio art experiences for children 3 to 5 years old with an adult partner. These specialized workshops provide an introduction to the book arts focusing on pre-literacy skills. Each class starts with story time, with books that tie into that day's art activity. Adults are active participants in the classes, learning and working alongside preschoolers on a variety of hands-on activities.

Register for this Class

Price: $26.00

Date: October 30, 2014

Preschool Holiday Session: Paste Paper Gift Wrap

Preschool Holiday Session: Paste Paper Gift Wrap
Thursday, November 6; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

MCBA's workshops for preschoolers provide authentic studio art experiences for children 3 to 5 years old with an adult partner. These specialized workshops provide an introduction to the book arts focusing on pre-literacy skills. Each class starts with story time, with books that tie into that day's art activity. Adults are active participants in the classes, learning and working alongside preschoolers on a variety of hands-on activities.

Register for this Class

Price: $26.00

Date: November 6, 2014

Preschool Holiday Session: Book Ornaments / Ornament Books

Preschool Holiday Session: Book Ornaments / Ornament Books
Thursday, November 13; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

MCBA's workshops for preschoolers provide authentic studio art experiences for children 3 to 5 years old with an adult partner. These specialized workshops provide an introduction to the book arts focusing on pre-literacy skills. Each class starts with story time, with books that tie into that day's art activity. Adults are active participants in the classes, learning and working alongside preschoolers on a variety of hands-on activities.

Register for this Class

Price: $26.00

Date: November 13, 2014

Preschool Holiday Session: Pressure Printing Greeting Cards

Preschool Holiday Session: Pressure Printing Greeting Cards
Thursday, November 20; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

MCBA's workshops for preschoolers provide authentic studio art experiences for children 3 to 5 years old with an adult partner. These specialized workshops provide an introduction to the book arts focusing on pre-literacy skills. Each class starts with story time, with books that tie into that day's art activity. Adults are active participants in the classes, learning and working alongside preschoolers on a variety of hands-on activities.

Register for this Class

Price: $26.00

Date: November 20, 2014

Preschool Holiday Session: Marbling Home Decorations

Preschool Holiday Session: Marbling Home Decorations
Thursday, December 4; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

MCBA's workshops for preschoolers provide authentic studio art experiences for children 3 to 5 years old with an adult partner. These specialized workshops provide an introduction to the book arts focusing on pre-literacy skills. Each class starts with story time, with books that tie into that day's art activity. Adults are active participants in the classes, learning and working alongside preschoolers on a variety of hands-on activities.

Register for this Class

Price: $56.00

Date: December 4, 2014