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Why Book Arts? Book arts are a vibrant visual and verbal form of expression, allowing for growth in creativity, literacy, motor skills and art appreciation.

At Minnesota Center for Book Arts, our flexible lesson plans and knowledgeable staff allow you to integrate bookmaking with your existing curriculum. Our teaching style offers a mix of direct instruction and individual creative expression. The book form provides a familiar, accessible starting place for students.

Adding book arts to your curriculum will help your students with:

  • Hands-On Learning
  • Artistic Process
  • Creative and Personal Expression
  • Deeper Understanding of a Subject Matter
  • Pride in Personal Accomplishments
  • Collaborations with Other Students Discovery of a New Art Form
  • Critical and Visual Thinking Skills
  • Demonstrating Knowledge of Subject Matter in Various Book Forms
  • Fine Motor-Skill Development

While book arts lives within the Visual Arts field, we firmly believe in the accessibility of bookmaking! You don’t have to be an artist to commit your stories and ideas to the page. Our experienced teaching artists take students through a step-by-step process, in which youth will engage with actual bookmaking tools and techniques. Each student leaves the center with a completed project, which your classroom or community group can decorate to your style and curriculum.
Helpful Workshop How-To’s

  • Each workshop is planned so that students successfully complete a project. All book content is up to your discretion, and will be completed outside of the workshop time allotted. Ask about extended workshops if you would like to work on content at MCBA.
  • Our studio capacity is 30 students, and we can accommodate up to 120 students at one time.
  • One chaperone is required for every 10 students. Chaperones play a vital role in assisting students and are not charged admission.
  • Dress for mess! Casual clothes and rubber-soled shoes are recommended.
  • MCBA studios are accessible to all. Please let us know about special needs when registering.
  • Workshop prices vary based on the cost of materials used and the length of the workshop.

The “2-for-$14” Option!

Choose any two of the workshops listed below for two hours of fun and learning, at $14 per student ($280 group minimum) — a savings of up to $1.50 per student. To qualify, both workshops must take place on the same day.

Select from:

  • Intro to Papermaking
  • Class Font: Print a Poster
  • Thematic Pop-Out Books
  • Tower Pop-Ups
  • Softcover Journal with Pockets
  • Accordion Books
  • Tunnel Books
  • Bridge Petal Fold Books
  • Flag Books
  • Small Stab Bindings 

In-School Workshops

We can come to you! MCBA offers a wide variety of workshop opportunities in your classroom, whether for one class or for your entire school. For a more in-depth book arts experience, consider starting with a papermaking or printing workshop in MCBA’s studios, and completing your bookmaking workshop back at school.

Papermaking and printing workshops are only held at our studios. Bookbinding workshops are offered at our studios as well as at offsite locations. MCBA instructors can bring all bookbinding materials and tools to your classroom, library, or community center.

Our typical teaching schedule is Tuesday through Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm. However, we are able to accommodate workshops outside of this structure, pending staff availability.

MCBA schedules workshops year-round. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for a normal workshop, and at least two months for a custom residency. We encourage early registration — our schedule fills quickly, especially for the spring.

Please contact MCBA’s Youth & Community Programs at with any questions or concerns.
Youth Workshop Descriptions