MCBA Field Trips

Bring your students to Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) for a hands-on art-making experience. Students can get their hands wet in the paper studio, create unique book structures, or print their own letters using the printing press.

MCBA’s teaching artists work with students of all ages, with the ability to host up to 2 classes totaling 60 students simultaneously in our studios. We can also bring books arts to your school or community group. Flexible lesson plans and knowledgeable staff allow teachers to integrate book projects with existing curriculum. The book form provides a familiar, accessible starting place for students of all ages.

For more information or to schedule a reservation please fill out the form below or contact our Program Coordinator at; 612-215-2529.

Field Trip Offerings

Book Arts Basics
Students will experience the complete bookmaking experience by using actual bookbinding tools and learning techniques from our experienced teaching artists. Students are able to engage in the 3 main areas of book arts: papermaking and paper embellishment, printmaking, and book binding.
Duration: 2 hours
Price: $14 per student, $280 Group minimum

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Project Workshops
Students will explore a particular book art technique and complete a handmade book that can be incorporated in a project or curriculum area.
Duration: 1-2.5 hours
Price Range: $7 – $19 per student, $140 – $380 Group minimum

PreK – 2nd grades
3rd – 5th grades
6th – 8th grades

Field Trip Extras

Lunch Rental
Your students can enjoy a lunch or snack in our studios before, after or in between activities.
Duration and price: 30 minutes, $15 per group

Tour of Open Book
This walking tour exposes students to aspects of book arts beyond their activity and to the larger literary community.
Duration and price: 30 minutes, $30 per group

Additional Instruction Time
Field trip activities for bookmaking include time and materials for completing the book structure. Add extra time to your lesson for content development and imagery.
Duration and price: 30 minutes, $1.50 per student, $30 group minimum

Click here to view MCBA’s Field Trip Policies