Youth and Family 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.

Youth & Family Classes

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

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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

Dirty Works for Kids: Edible Books

Dirty Works for Kids: Edible Books
with Cindy Gipple
Saturday, March 10; class 1-3pm

Play with your food and eat your words. Celebrate the International Edible Book Festival by making books you can eat.

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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: March 10, 2018

Dirty Works for Kids: Miniature Books

Dirty Works for Kids: Miniature Books
with Cindy Gipple
Saturday, April 14; class 1-3pm

Books come in all sizes. Learn how to use big book skills to make little books.

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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: April 14, 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

Dirty Works for Kids: Superhero Pop-up

Dirty Works for Kids: Superhero Pop-up
with Erin Holt
Saturday, May 12; class 1-3pm

Create a pop-up book about your favorite superhero.

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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: May 12, 2018

Dirty Works for Kids: Faux Leather Journal

Dirty Works for Kids: Faux Leather Journal
with Erin Holt
Saturday, June 9; class 1-3pm

In the spirit of The Hobbit, make your own private leather-like journal to fill with your summer adventures.

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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: June 9, 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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: July 14, 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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: August 11, 2018

Dirty Works for Kids: Stamps for Mail Art

Dirty Works for Kids: Stamps for Mail Art
with Olli Johnson
Saturday, September 8; class 1-3pm

Learn how to create unique images and carve them into stamps to personalize your mail.

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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: September 8, 2018

Dirty Works for Kids: Pop-up Dragons

Dirty Works for Kids: Pop-up Dragons
with Olli Johnson
Saturday, October 13; class 1-3pm

Create a dragon pop-up and design a fantasy home that is the perfect environment for your dragon.

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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: October 13, 2018

Dirty Works for Kids: Silly "WANTED" Posters

Dirty Works for Kids: Silly "WANTED" Posters
with Erin Holt
Saturday, November 10; class 1-3pm

Do you ever cheat on board games or sneak cookies? Use a printing press to create a "WANTED" poster of yourself.

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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: November 10, 2018

Dirty Works for Kids: Handmade Paper Ornaments

Dirty Works for Kids: Handmade Paper Ornaments
with Erin Holt
Saturday, December 8; class 1-3pm

Make a collection of 3D ornaments with colorful paper pulp and sparkly inclusions to hang on your tree or in your room.

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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: December 8, 2018