Teacher and Parent Workshops

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From binding students’ writing projects to encouraging creative expression, the book arts provide wonderful ways to reinforce learning.

Making books is a great way to engage students in their learning while practicing fine motor skills, enhancing math and science understanding, and supporting literacy. MCBA offers a wide variety of workshops in printing, papermaking, paper decoration, and bookmaking to enable teachers, parents and others who work with children to incorporate book arts into their classrooms, homes, daycare centers, after-school programs and more.

MCBA offers 1- to 3-hour workshops for individual educators and groups, with a focus on classroom instruction and connections to curricula. Participants create samples to keep for reference. Workshops for individuals are offered in our studios. Group workshops are also available, and can be held at MCBA or at your site. Choose from among standard educator workshops, or call 612-215-2529 to discuss options for a customized topic.

For teachers experienced in bookmaking, MCBA can prepare class sets of bookmaking materials. This service is offered on a case by case basis, depending upon staff availability. For more information, call 612-215-2529.

Looking to earn Continuing Education Credits? All of MCBA’s adult classes and workshops, including Educator Workshops, are eligible for CEUs. Just let us know when you register, and we’ll prepare the documentation. These workshops are also 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.

Spring/Summer 2015 Teacher and Parent Workshops


 

Art Camp for Educators: 5 Centers, 5 Weeks, 5 Media

Art Camp for Educators: 5 Centers, 5 Weeks, 5 Media
Five Thursdays: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13
Designed for teachers of grades 6-12

The Five Centers for Art (MCBA, Northern Clay Center, IFP Media Arts, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and the Textile Center) announce a special educational opportunity for Minnesota art educators. Join us for a unique progressive arts experience as you travel to each of the five art centers for intriguing medium-specific demonstrations and hands-on art-making. See examples of contemporary fibers and textiles, prints, book arts, and pots and sculpture. Learn new techniques to enhance your classroom instruction, and get to know other art educators in your community. This is a great opportunity to learn some new tricks of the trade and to earn CEU clock hours at the same time! Participants will receive a schedule and map for each location after registration.

$195 ($175 for current members of any of the participating centers)

Register online through Northern Clay Center (beginning March 3) or call 612-339-8007.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 16, 2015

The Language of Books: Words and Pictures Speaking Together

The Language of Books: Words and Pictures Speaking Together
with Jill S Weese
Monday, August 3; 1-4pm
Books appropriate for grades 2-12

Creating books where the words and pictures speak in unison teaches students to plan, sequence, make choices, and solve problems. Participants will begin with analyzing techniques used by popular children’s authors and illustrators. Then we will walk through the story planning process utilizing story boards and page templates for simple book structures that can easily be made in the classroom. Each participant will then create a finished sample book with words and pictures. The focus of this hands-on workshop is for participants to experience the joy and challenge of creating a book inside and out. A wide assortment of samples and materials will be on hand to fuel your creativity.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $5 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 3, 2015

Introduction to Book Arts: Single-Sheet Books for the Classroom

Introduction to Book Arts: Single-Sheet Books for the Classroom
with Jill S Weese
Monday, August 3; 9am-12pm
Books appropriate for grades K-12

Requiring no material preparation, single-sheet books are a simple yet powerful way to bring book arts to your classroom. These books engage K-6 students while they practice fine motor skills, enhance math understanding, and supporting literacy. High school students can utilize single-sheet construction ideas to explore book layout and design concepts that are applicable in zines and self-publishing. Participants will make several different single-sheet book structures that they can immediately apply in their classrooms.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $5 supply fee

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Price: $50.00

Date: August 3, 2015

A Portfolio of Pop-ups

A Portfolio of Pop-ups
with Jill S Weese
Tuesday, August 4; 1-4pm
Books appropriate for grades 1-12

Pop-up books are as fun to make, as they are to read. Learn a variety of basic pop-up techniques using file folders to create sample pop-ups for easy future reference. Emphasis will be on developing an understanding of the engineering concepts behind the pop-up constructions and making classroom samples- including the popular tower pop-up and landscape pop-up. Integration of text with imagery will be discussed; samples will be on hand to inspire classroom connections.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $10 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 4, 2015

Paper Engineered 3-D Animal Books

Paper Engineered 3-D Animal Books
with Jill S Weese
Tuesday, August 4; 9am-12pm
Books appropriate for grades 2-12

Paper engineered 3-D animal books are a great strategy to inspire student writing and stretch their spatial understanding. Participants will explore creating different animal-shaped books utilizing a single sheet of paper. With each change in perspective, we will make a different type of animal book. These books are so versatile that both younger and older students are able design their own 3-D books. There will be plenty of time and materials to samples to inspire to students’ creativity. Hands-on and lots of fun!

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $5 supply fee

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Price: $50.00

Date: August 4, 2015

Books of Native American Cultures

Books of Native Cultures of the Americas
with Jill S Weese
Wednesday, August 5; 1-4pm
Books appropriate for grades K-12

With their strong oral traditions, the native cultures of the Americas have also created distinct book-like structures to record important events, mark the passage of time, and hold mnemonic records. Participants will make several book-like structures exemplary of the native cultures of the Americas and explore their use for visual art and documentation.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $10 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 5, 2015

Books of Ancient Civilizations

Books of Ancient Civilizations
with Jill S Weese
Wednesday, August 5; 9am-12pm
Books appropriate for grades 2-12

Even before the invention of paper, the ancient civilization of the world amassed great libraries. Connect literacy, history, and geography by creating ancient book forms with your students. Participants will make four different historical books: an Egyptian scroll, a slat book from ancient China, a Mayan Codex from Central America, and an early Christian limp vellum journal using the tacket binding with faux leather cover. Each book represents a different perspective based on the materials each culture had available. All different, all compelling, all surprisingly easy.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $10 supply fee

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Price: $50.00

Date: August 5, 2015

Beyond Perfection: Making Books with What You Have

Beyond Perfection: Making Books with What You Have
with Jill S Weese
Thursday, August 6; 1-4pm
Books appropriate for grades 6-12

Books come in all shapes, sizes and designs. This is your opportunity to experiment and play as you create a unique a one-of-a-kind book using obsolete material. We will begin with selecting pages from new paper, used paper, envelopes, old calendars, whatever and altering them, considering color, texture, meaning, function and form. Next, you will create covers from a random assortment of possible materials and binding them together. An array of materials will be available. Feel free to bring materials you would like to work with or to add to the mix. Guaranteed: no two books will look the same.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $5 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 6, 2015

Gelatin Printing in the Classroom

Gelatin Printing in the Classroom
with Jill S Weese
Thursday, August 6; 9am-12pm
Books appropriate for grades 2-12

No printing press? No problem! Gelatin Printing is perfect for the classroom. Learn how to create gelatin printing plates. Experiment with mono printing by painting right on the plate, printing with found objects, creating with ghost images, and more. There will be plenty of time and materials to explore and create samples for the classroom. Gelatin printing is versatile, easy, and fun. Safe printing for all ages.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$50 ($45 members) + $15 supply fee

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Price: $50.00

Date: August 6, 2015