Open Studio Sessions

MCBA’s Open Studio programming is designed to provide artists with regular, low-cost access to our studios and equipment outside of workshops and classes. Work on your own projects in our well-equipped bindery, paper studios, print studio or composition room and enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of fellow artists. Studio Monitors are available to answer questions or help with equipment, but participants must have adequate training to work independently in the area(s) they wish to utilize. Open Studio sessions are not eligible for Certificate credit.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for full descriptions and policies regarding Open Studio sessions.

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Open Studio 7/25/17

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, July 25; 6-9pm

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)

Click here to review the policies for each Open Studio area before registering.

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Price: $20.00

Date: July 25, 2017

Open Studio 8/01/17

Open Studio: Letterpress, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 1; 6-9pm

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)

Please note: there is no Screenprinting Open Studio on August 1st.

Click here to review the policies for each Open Studio area before registering.

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Price: $20.00

Date: August 1, 2017

Paper Beater Training 8/01/17

Training: Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 1; 6-7pm
Papermaking experience required

If you aren't already trained to use our paper beaters, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA's paper beaters, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.

$20 ($15 members)

Register

Price: $15.00

Date: August 1, 2017

Open Studio: Marbling 8/05/17

Open Studio: Marbling
Saturday, August 5; 10am-4pm
View the Open Studio descriptions for more details.

Marbling experience required.
Participants must register at least three days in advance.

$45 ($40 members)

Register

Price: $40.00

Date: August 5, 2017

Open Studio: Photogravure 8/5/17

Open Studio: Photogravure
Saturday, August 5; 10am-2pm
View the Open Studio descriptions for more details.

Attendance in Polymer Photogravure required or request approval by contacting Anna Bredeson (abredeson@mnbookarts.org)

$35 ($30 members)

Register

Price: $30.00

Date: August 5, 2017

Open Studio 8/08/17

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 8; 6-9pm

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)

Click here to review the policies for each Open Studio area before registering.

Register

Price: $20.00

Date: August 8, 2017

Cutting Equipment Training 8/08/17

Cutting Equipment Training
Tuesday, August 8; 6-7pm

If you aren't already trained to use our cutting equipment, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA's bindery cutting equipment, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.

$20 ($15 members)

Register

Price: $15.00

Date: August 8, 2017

Open Studio 8/15/17

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 15; 6-9pm

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)

Click here to review the policies for each Open Studio area before registering.

Register

Price: $20.00

Date: August 15, 2017

Open Studio 8/22/17

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 22; 6-9pm

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)

Click here to review the policies for each Open Studio area before registering.

Register

Price: $20.00

Date: August 22, 2017

Open Studio 8/29/17

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, August 29; 6-9pm

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)

Click here to review the policies for each Open Studio area before registering.

Register

Price: $20.00

Date: August 29, 2017



 

Open Studio descriptions and policies

MCBA’s Open Studio programming is designed to provide artists with regular, low-cost access to our studios and equipment outside of workshops and classes. Work on your own projects in our well-equipped bindery, paper studios, print studio or composition room and enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of fellow artists. Studio Monitors are available to answer questions or help with equipment, but participants must have adequate training to work independently in the area(s) they wish to utilize. Open Studio sessions are not eligible for Certificate credit.


 


Open Studio: Bookbinding

Tuesdays; 6-9pm
$20 ($15 members)
Binding experience required

Open Studio provides access to binding tools, cutting equipment, and fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers tool use plus some consumables (thread and PVA); supply your own bookboard, cloth, paper and other needs.


 

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Open Studio: Letterpress

Tuesdays; 6-9pm
$35 ($30 members)
Letterpress experience required

Set type, make polymer plates, print on MCBA’s presses and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Reservations are first-come-first-served, and participants must have completed an introductory course on the press they are reserving (Vandercook, platen, sign). Fee covers inks and solvents; supply your own paper.


 

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Open Studio: Screenprinting

Tuesdays; 6-9pm
$25 ($20 members)
Screenprinting experience required

Prep screens, expose and print in MCBA’s darkroom and printing studio, and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Fee covers screen use and emulsions; supply your own inks and paper.
 
 


 

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Open Studio: Paper Beater

Tuesdays; 6-9pm
$20 ($15 members)
Papermaking experience and Paper Beater training required

Beat fiber for paper for future sheet-forming. The studio’s two Valley beaters can each hold approximately .75 lb. (dry) of fiber (rag or half-stuff), and the Reina beater can hold up to 2 lb. (dry) of fiber (half-stuff only). When you register, please specify which beater you’d like to reserve. Pre-weigh and pre-soak all fibers to be beaten.

If you have taken a papermaking course but are not familiar with our paper beaters, Paper Beater trainings are offered every month. Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each of MCBA’s paper beaters, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.


 

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Open Studio: Papermaking (B.Y.O.Fibers)

Tuesdays; 6-9pm
$20 ($15 members)
Selected Saturdays; 10am-4pm
$25 ($20 members)
Papermaking experience required

Bring your prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. Attendees should schedule a time to pick up their paper the following day. For Saturday sessions, participants must register two days in advance or the session will be subject to cancellation. Participants must register two days in advance to allow studio monitors to prep materials. Please see session registration listings for more details.

The paper studio is also available for rental by-the-hour for sheet-forming during many of MCBA’s regular business hours; reserve your studio time at the Shop desk or by calling 612-215-2520. All renters must check-in and check-out with MCBA staff to ensure that the studio, equipment and beater are left clean.


 

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Open Studio: Marbling

Selected Saturdays; 10am-4pm
$45 ($40 members)
Marbling experience required

Open Studio provides access to marbling tools and equipment, as well as fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers use of 16×20″ tanks of carrageenan*, alum, brushes, cups and eyedroppers; supply your own paints* and paper. Participants must register three days in advance to allow studio monitors to prep materials. Please see session registration listings for more details.

*Carrageenan is used for western-style marbling only. If you plan to practice suminagashi, please call the Shop to let a staff member know so carrageenan is not prepared for you unnecessarily.
*Paint: While many different kinds of inks, paints, and watercolors may be used in the marbling process, we recommend using Golden Fluid Acrylics with our equipment.

Open Studio: Paste Paper

Paste paper materials and equipment can be made available any Tuesday evening at regularly scheduled Open Studio sessions. If desired, please call The Shop at 612-215-2520 to register in advance.


 

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Open Studio: Photogravure

Saturdays; 10am-2pm
$35 ($30 members)
Attendance in Polymer Photogravure required or request approval by contacting Anna Bredeson (abredeson@mnbookarts.org)

Open Studio provides access to an ink jet printer, exposure unit, etching press, and fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers equipment use plus some consumables (tarlatan, black etching ink, ink modifier, nitrile gloves); supply your own paper, plates, and other needs. If printing positives on the ink jet printer, bring your own Pictorico and pay for individual prints at The Shop at MCBA.


 

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Training: Cutting Equipment

One Tuesday per month; 6pm-7pm
$20 ($15 members)

If you aren’t already trained to use our cutting equipment, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s bindery cutting equipment, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently. Cutting Equipment Trainings take place during Open Studio and are offered once a month.


 

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Training: Paper Beater

One Tuesday per month; 6pm-7pm
$20 ($15 members)
*Papermaking experience required.

If you aren’t already trained to use our paper beaters, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s paper beaters, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent equipment and use it independently. Paper Beater Trainings take place during Open Studio and are offered once a month.