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 2014 Family Class Schedule:


 

Let's Go to the Museum!

Let's Go to the Museum! with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, July 22; 10am-noon
For families with children ages 2-10

Come and meet two artists in When Pigasso met Mootisse by Nina Laden. Learn to make handmade paper with white cotton pulp, then "paint" your masterpieces with pulp in a rainbow of colors. Use colorful yarn and eye droppers for added artistic effects. "Gallery opening" snacks will be served. Dress for mess with water-safe 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: $32 ($29 members) + $6 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $16 ($14.50 members) + $3 supply fee

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Price: $14.50

Date: July 22, 2014

Let's Go Play!

Let's Go Play! with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, July 29; 10am-noon
For families with children ages 2-10

Listen to Play by Ann Morris, and then play card games and games with cards. Make your own card stamps and print lots of them on our printing press. Use them to create your own games of bingo, dominos, concentration, top this, match-up and more, while we snack on bridge mix. You can trade cards, 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: $32 ($29 members) + $6 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $16 ($14.50 members) + $3 supply fee

Register for this Event

Price: $14.50

Date: July 29, 2014

Let's Go to the Paint Store!

Let's Go to the Paint Store! with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, August 5; 10am-noon
For families with children ages 2-10

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 -- even enjoy colorful snacks!

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: $32 ($29 members) + $6 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $16 ($14.50 members) + $3 supply fee

Register for this Event

Price: $14.50

Date: August 5, 2014

Let's Go to the State Fair!

Let's Go to the State Fair! with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, August 12; 10am-noon
For families with children ages 2-10

Get ready for the Minnesota State Fair with Donald Crews' Night at the Fair. Buy your ticket (book) -- yay! Enjoy some scrumptious food on a stick (book) -- yum! Visit your favorite animals at the livestock barn (book) -- noisy! Take a spin on a midway ride (book) -- whee! We'll even share some snacks on a stick.

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: $32 ($29 members) + $6 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $16 ($14.50 members) + $3 supply fee

Register for this Event

Price: $29.00

Date: August 12, 2014