Printing Classes

MCBA offers classes for adults on a wide variety of topics and at all skill levels, from total beginner to seasoned expert. Supply fees cover workshop materials and expendable studio supplies such as solvents, rags, waste disposal, safety supplies and small tools. Sales tax is included in the total.

Adult classes are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Core Certificate or Advanced Certificate in Book Arts; more information is available on the Certificate Programs page.

Register ONLINE using the buttons below, IN PERSON at The Shop at MCBA, or BY PHONE at 612-215-2520.

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.
 
 
**This page contains a list of all adult printing classes. Alternatively, visit the following pages for other adult classes:

All Adult Classes
Binding & Boxmaking Classes
Origami, Calligraphy, & Design Classes
Papermaking & Paper Decoration Classes

Printing Classes

Letterpress I Intensive

Letterpress I Intensive
with Bill Myers
Mon-Fri, June 4-8; 10am-3pm
Great for beginners

This introductory intensive offers a thorough introduction to typesetting and presswork. Students will start with printing a collaborative project, and then design and print an edition of broadsides with text and a simple image of their choosing. Through the course of their projects, participants will learn the basics of Vandercook press operation, studio tools and procedures, typography, and a variety of printmaking techniques, focusing on creation of a beautiful edition of broadsides (prints), expertly printed. Perfect for beginners or those who wish to gain additional experience with presses, this class is a prerequisite for Letterpress II.

Certificate: 25 hours, Category A; fulfills letterpress requirement

$380 ($350 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $315, valid through 5/14/18

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Price: $315.00

Date: June 4, 2018

Japanese Woodblock Printing

Japanese Woodblock Printing
with Emily Hoisington
Saturdays, June 9, 16, 23; 9am-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Make a multi-color woodblock print from start to finish while learning a portable, water-based printing method. Japanese woodblock printing uses watercolor inks applied with a brush and printed by hand, which makes this an easy technique to continue at home. Learn to separate colors, transfer a design, carve a woodblock, and sharpen tools along with techniques for printing gradations and textures. Students are asked to bring a 5x7” drawing to the first class. Supply fee includes a set of carving tools for students to take home. For students that already have carving tools, the supply fee can be reduced to $50. This workshop may be repeated and the instructor will adapt the material to both beginning and advanced students.

Certificate: 21 hours, Category D

$290 ($260 members) + $100 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $230, valid through 5/19/18

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Price: $230.00

Date: June 9, 2018

Letterpress II Intensive

Letterpress II Intensive
with CB Sherlock
Mon-Fri, June 11-15; 10am-3pm
Letterpress I (or equivalent) required

Become proficient on the Vandercook press while creating one collaborative class project and one self-directed project. Acquire technical skills with edition printing, mixing custom ink colors, roller height adjustment, and tympan change. Explore the making of books — sequence and narrative, page layout, image and text interplay, typography, and other considerations that go into producing a small book.

Certificate: 25 hours, Category B

$380 ($350 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $315, valid through 5/21/18

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Price: $315.00

Date: June 11, 2018

Dirty Works: Relief Printing

Dirty Works: Relief Printing
with Dana LeMoine
Friday, July 6; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Relief block printing is fun and easy. Learn how to carve your very own two-color design. Once carving is finished, explore a variety of ways to hand-print your blocks. Please bring a black and white 4 x 6 inch drawing to class (colors can be changed during the printing process).

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: July 6, 2018

Ephemer(ish) Platen Letterpress Printing

Ephemer(ish) Platen Letterpress Printing
with Jason Yoh
Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, August 2; 6-9pm

Explore the outer limits of correspondence art and printed ephemera by thinking small. Using MCBA’s amazing collection of platen presses and wood and metal type, instruction will cover a range of topics including multi-color registration, and finishing processes like die cutting and perforation. Create editions of your own original small art objects like facsimile postage stamps and postcards. This class will be a great opportunity to try new tools and techniques.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$195 ($175 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 6/21/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: July 12, 2018

Introduction to Screen Printing

Introduction to Screen Printing
with Dana LeMoine
Thursdays: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9; 6-9pm

This course will focus on the basics of screen printing, providing students with the fundamental knowledge necessary to explore and experiment on their own. In MCBA's darkroom and screen printing studio, students will learn the basics of design, screen exposure, ink and multi-color printing. Design demos will include hand-drawn images, photocopies, and hand-cut stencils. Printing demos will include registration techniques and successful printing tips for paper, plywood, fabric and apparel. The class will culminate with a group critique of work produced by each during the course as well as a class print exchange.
Certificate: 15 hours, Category A or D

$240 ($220 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $200, valid through 6/21/18

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Price: $200.00

Date: July 12, 2018

Pasta Press Bookplates

Pasta Press Bookplates
with Laura Andrews and Dean Trisko
Saturday, July 14; 10am-4pm

Did you know that you could make a small-scale printing press from a pasta press? Design, etch and print your own bookplates in this workshop. This class will introduce you to the basics of intaglio printing, and show you methods of adapting a pasta press into a tiny printing press. Each participant will create a bookplate design, etch and print their copper plate, and leave class with their own unique bookplates. Some experience helpful, but open to all levels.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 ($85 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 6/23/18

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Price: $85.00

Date: July 14, 2018

Screen Printed Single-Sheet Zines

Screen Printed Single-Sheet Zines
with Fiona Avocado
Saturdays, July 14, 21, 28; 1-5pm
Intro to screen printing or equivalent experience required

Take your basic screen printing skill sets further by combining illustration, screen printing, and book forms to create your own screenprinted tiny zines. Come with an idea for a story, illustrate it on sheets of vellum to create transparencies. Practice multi-color screen printing and registration, and explore the potential of the single-sheet book form. Leave with copies of your zine, and exchange with other class participants to start building your own zine library!

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 6/23/18

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Price: $195.00

Date: July 14, 2018

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book

Dirty Works: Print a Single-Sheet Book
with Jason Yoh
Friday, August 3; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Experience letterpress printing on a Vandercook press! Print a single-sheet book in two colors, then learn how to cut and fold the simple book by hand.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: August 3, 2018

Trace Monotypes for Illustration

Trace Monotypes for Illustration
with Julie Benda
Saturday, August 4; 10am-4pm

In this class, learn the basics of trace monotype as well as how to manipulate ink on acrylic glass to create backgrounds, foregrounds, textures, and patterns. Apply these methods in combination with drawing and collage to create a series of layered, one-of-a-kind illustrations. This class is for anyone who feels their print/illustration/design practice is in need of some new energy, and is interested in print techniques that can be replicated at home with simple, affordable materials.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 7/14/18

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Price: $85.00

Date: August 4, 2018

Weekend Introduction to Letterpress

Weekend Introduction to Letterpress (Section A)
with Sara R. Parr
Sat-Sun, August 11 & 12; 10am-6pm

Jump start your letterpress printing with this weekend intensive! This workshop is perfect for those who want to try letterpress but don’t have time for the six-week course or for rusty letterpress printers in need of a refresher. Learn the fundamentals of paper, ink and design. Then hand set type, carve a simple linoleum cut, and print a small edition of broadside prints on MCBA’s Vandercook presses.

Certificate: 16 hours, Category A; fulfills Core letterpress requirement

$250 ($225 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $200, valid through 7/21/2018

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Price: $200.00

Date: August 11, 2018

Vandercook Maintenance

Vandercook Maintenance
with visiting artist Paul Moxon
Sat-Sun, August 18 & 19; 10am–5pm

This two-day workshop, led by Paul Moxon, is a lecture/demo developed for artist/printers to guide them in the proper care and adjustment of Vandercook presses. (This information is applicable to other brands such as Asbern, Challenge, Reprex). Participants need not be mechanically inclined, but should have some familiarity with proof presses and may handle tools and press parts.
Certificate: 14 hours, Category B or C

$320 ($290 members) + $5 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $260, valid through 7/28/18

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Price: $290.00

Date: August 18, 2018

Garden Monotypes

Garden Monotypes
with Mary Leikvold and Claudia Danielson
Thursdays, August 23, 30; 6-9pm

Calling all garden lovers! In this lively class, students will transform plant material from their garden (or someone else’s) into beautiful one-of-a-kind prints. Monotypes offer the artist the spontaneity of painting combined with the structure and deliberation of printmaking. In this class, workshop participants will learn the basics then experiment and explore. Students will leave the class with a portfolio of prints celebrating the garden. Actual garden ownership not required. Beginners and experienced printmakers welcome.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 ($85 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 8/2/18

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Price: $95.00

Date: August 23, 2018

Extreme Typesetting

Extreme Typesetting
with Jason Yoh
Sat-Sun, August 25 & 26; 10am-4pm

Break through the typographic grid by exploring historic and innovative methods for the composition of handset metal type. Manipulate the placement of type to create dynamic lockups on Vandercook cylinder presses in order to make round drink coasters, a small single sheet book, and self-directed projects.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$195 ($175 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 8/4/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: August 25, 2018

Single-Evening Screen Printing: Wear Your Art

Single-Evening Screen Printing: Wear Your Art
with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Wednesday, August 29; 6-9pm

Learn the basics of screen printing through a combination of demonstrations and hands-on experimentation. Design and cut a stencil, and hand-pull your own prints to make a one-of-a-kind t-shirt, tote bag, or bandana! Draw a design to make printed buttons! Bring your sketches and ideas to class.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B or D

$55 ($50 members) + $15 supply fee

Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 8/8/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 29, 2018

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing
with Erin Maurelli
Friday, October 5; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Gelli Plate printing is a playful approach to printmaking. This direct printing technique uses a gelatin substrate for printing by hand; no presses! Create beautifully textured images using acrylic paint and stencils. So much fun, it’s addictive.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: October 5, 2018

Dirty Works: Screen Printing

Dirty Works: Screen Printing
with Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Friday, November 2; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn the basics of screen printing while creating your own unique print on a t-shirt and paper! Please bring your ideas and sketches to class (maximum 8 inches wide).

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: November 2, 2018

Dirty Works: Letterpress Printed Exquisite Corpse Poster

Dirty Works: Letterpress Printed Exquisite Corpse Poster
with Laura Brown
Friday, November 2; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Embrace collaboration and whimsy to create a poster using wood type from MCBA’s collection. Starting with a round of the surrealist parlor game exquisite corpse, the group will choose the best collaged phrases to set in type and print on the Vandercook press. Layering color and text will produce a playful and unique poster that exists at the intersection of visual and literary art.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: November 2, 2018

Dirty Works: Painting on the Press

Dirty Works: Painting on the Press
with Ruby Figueroa
Friday, December 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Experience letterpress printing on a Vandercook press! Print a poster using cuts and wood type. Taking an experimental approach to letterpress printing by using hand brayers to ink the forms, participants will create a unique and varied edition of prints.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: December 7, 2018