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 Marbling Classes

Printing Classes

Letterpress II

Letterpress II
with Laura Brown
Mondays: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5; 6-9pm
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: 18 hours, Category B

$290 ($260 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $230, valid through 9/10/18

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Price: $230.00

Date: October 1, 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

Diffusion Dither to Vector Line Art: Digital File Preparation for Platemaking

Diffusion Dither to Vector Line Art: Digital File Preparation for Platemaking
with Kevin Brown, Proprietor of Smart Set, Inc.
Thursdays: October 18, 25, November 1, 8; 6-9pm
General knowledge of letterpress printing required

From etchings to photographs, learn how to achieve optimal results in translating a variety of imagery into photopolymer plates for letterpress. Explore a variety of options for digitally preparing your imagery for letterpress printing, including scanning and converting grayscale images to bitmaps, alternative methods of halftoning such as diffusion dithers, and strategies for color separations. While primarily a computer class, participants will get an opportunity to image film and make a 5 x 7 inch polymer plate.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B

$195 ($175 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 9/20/17

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Price: $155.00

Date: October 18, 2018

Introduction to Book Arts (Section A)

Introduction to Book Arts (Section A)
with Laura Brown and Ruby Figueroa
Sat-Sun, October 27 & 28; 9am-4pm

A perfect introduction to book arts! First, get your feet wet (literally!) in the paper studio, exploring the Western tradition of papermaking. Next, use screen printing to layer colors and shapes in a collaborative project. Investigate letterpress as you set type and create prints on the Vandercook press. Finally, bind a selection of your handmade and printed papers together into simple folded and pamphlet-stitched books. With a focus on learning several basic techniques, this class is perfect for experimentation and play across disciplines with a look at the relationship between material and process.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A

$220 ($200 members) + $50 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 10/6/18

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Price: $180.00

Date: October 27, 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

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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

Book Arts Seminar

Book Arts Seminar
with Multiple Instructors
Saturday, November 3; 9:30am-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Though designed for those enrolled in the Advanced Certificate program, the Book Arts Seminar may be of interest to anyone looking for a stronger contextual understanding of contemporary book arts. This class combines readings, discussions, and lectures from artists and scholars on a variety of topics ranging from the development of book structures to the nuts and bolts of professional practices. Lectures will be delivered by artists on their areas of expertise.

Certificate: 6.5 hours; fulfills seminar requirement for Advanced Certificate

$100 ($90 members) + $5 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $80, valid through 10/13/18

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Price: $90.00

Date: November 3, 2018

Experimental Print Techniques

Experimental Print Techniques
with Julie Baugnet
Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4; 10am-4pm
Beginners welcome

Discover simple print techniques for making multiples using two different presses: the etching press and the Showcard sign press. Learn non-toxic printmaking techniques that involve alternatives to traditional etching and printing with water-based inks. Experiment with techniques in mark making, roller printing, blind embossing, and watercolor monotype printing which provide immediate results and promotes spontaneity in your process. These quick, inventive techniques are designed to inspire your next print or book project.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 ($175 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 10/13/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: November 3, 2018

Introduction to Book Arts (Section B)

Introduction to Book Arts (Section B)
with Laura Brown and Ruby Figueroa
Wednesdays: November 7, 14, 28, December 5; 6-9pm

A perfect introduction to book arts! First, get your feet wet (literally!) in the paper studio, exploring the Western tradition of papermaking. Next, use screen printing to layer colors and shapes in a collaborative project. Investigate letterpress as you set type and create prints on the Vandercook press. Finally, bind a selection of your handmade and printed papers together into simple folded and pamphlet-stitched books. With a focus on learning several basic techniques, this class is perfect for experimentation and play across disciplines with a look at the relationship between material and process.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A

$195 ($175 members) + $50 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 10/17/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: November 7, 2018

Weekend Introduction to Letterpress

Weekend Introduction to Letterpress (Section A)
with Sara R. Parr
Sat-Sun, November 17 & 18; 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 10/27/18

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Price: $200.00

Date: November 17, 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