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.

 

Family Classes


 

Let's Go to a Birthday Party!

Let's Go to a Birthday Party! with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, July 18; 10am-12pm
For families with children ages 2 and up

Today’s birthday – and book fun – starts with Sandra Boynton’s Birthday Monsters! Track birthdays with a calendar (book). Send a birthday invitation (book). Tie up a shiny birthday present (book). Wear a colorful birthday hat (book). Bake a birthday cake (book) and add candles. Enjoy birthday cookies with icing.

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: $38 ($35 members)
Additional participant (adult or child): $19 ($17.50 members)
Prices include supply fee.

Register

Price: $17.50

Date: July 18, 2017

Let's Go to the Pet Store!

Let's Go to the Pet Store! with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, July 25; 10am-12pm
For families with children ages 2 and up

Celebrate pets with And Here’s to You by David Elliot. Create imaginary pets with shape stamps. Fill a pet store with animal stamps and cookie cutters. Print pet pictures using letters D-O-G, C-A-T, etc. Celebrate running and flying pets with a roller stamp. Celebrate swimming pets by fish printing. Animal crackers for all.

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: $38 ($35 members)
Additional participant (adult or child): $19 ($17.50 members)
Prices include supply fee.

Register

Price: $19.00

Date: July 25, 2017

Let's Go to a Concert!

Let's Go to a Concert! with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, August 1; 10am-12pm
For families with children ages 2 and up

Meet the orchestra in Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss and then star in your own orchestra – an orchestra of musical book structures. Build an accordion book drum. Create a donut book castanet. Make a rubber band binding guitar. Roll a scroll flute book. Make noise with a musical snack.

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: $38 ($35 members)
Additional participant (adult or child): $19 ($17.50 members)
Prices include supply fee.

Register

Price: $19.00

Date: August 1, 2017

Let's Go to the Museum!

Let's Go to the Museum! with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, August 8; 10am-12pm
For families with children ages 2 and up

Come and meet two artists in When Pigasso met Mootisse by Nina Laden. Learn to make 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. “Art Opening” snacks will be served. Water safe shoes suggested.

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: $38 ($35 members)
Additional participant (adult or child): $19 ($17.50 members)
Prices include supply fee.

Register

Price: $19.00

Date: August 8, 2017


 
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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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