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.

You can also schedule private classes, tutorials, or teacher in-services for one person or an entire faculty! Please contact our Youth and Community Programs staff at 612-215-2520 to inquire.

Summer 2016 Teacher Workshops


 

Teaching Book Arts to Youth: The Language of Books (On the Road, 7-County Metro)

Teaching Book Arts to Youth: The Language of Books (On the Road, 7-County Metro)
with Jill S Weese

The process of designing and making a book teaches youth to plan, sequence, make decisions, and solve problems. Participants in this workshop will analyze techniques modeled in children’s books; discuss the design process for making a book with storyboards and simple book structures; and create a finished book that can be used as a teaching tool when teaching your kids or students how to design and make books of their own.

For locations, dates and registration information, please visit our On the Road page.

Price: Free Event

Date: May 28, 2016

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, July 25; 9am-12pm
For teachers of 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.

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

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 25, 2016

Books for Science

Books for Science
with Jill S Weese
Monday, July 25; 1pm-4pm
For teachers of grades 2-12

There are numerous great non-traditional books that support student learning in the sciences: books to assist students in in their scientific observations and books that demonstrate students’ understanding. In this workshop participants will make up to five books that will support learning in the areas: life cycles, habitats, earth science, the solar system and more. The books include: a single sheet circle (donut) book, a pop-out book, a tunnel book, a traditional flag book, and a dos-a-dos sewn journal. Numerous samples will be on hand that demonstrate classroom connections.

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

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 25, 2016

Books for Biographies

Books for Biographies
with Jill S Weese
Tuesday, July 26; 9am-12pm
For teachers of grades 2-12

Inspire your students with nontraditional books that will showcase their biographical writings. Participants will make four books particularly well suited to display images, timelines and text. The Portrait Pop-out book shows a pop-out face with pages to support writings, the Full-page Flag book stretches out to create a large picture with lots of room for text, the Four Section Pop-up presents phases of life, and an accordion with a timeline insert shows a life in context of other events in history. Four great books to inspire students to show their best.

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

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 26, 2016

Poetry Inspired Books

Poetry Inspired Books
with Jill S Weese
Tuesday, July 26; 1pm-4pm
For teachers of grades 2-12

A Snow Flake book for winter snow poems, a Japanese receipt book for haikus. The structure of a book can support students’ poetic writing in dynamic ways. This workshop will focus on making book structures to support popular poetic forms, i.e. acrostics, cinquains, haikus, and more. Participants will make five different structural poem books that will be easy to replicate in the classroom.

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

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Price: $50.00

Date: July 26, 2016

Paper Engineered 3-D Animal Books

Paper Engineered 3-D Animal Books
with Jill S Weese
Wednesday, July 27; 9am-12pm
For teachers of 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!

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

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 27, 2016

A Portfolio of Pop-ups

A Portfolio of Pop-ups
with Jill S Weese
Wednesday, July 27; 1pm-4pm
For teachers of 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.

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

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 27, 2016

Books of Ancient Civilizations

Books of Ancient Civilizations
with Jill S Weese
Thursday, July 28; 9am-12pm
For teachers of 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, slate 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.

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

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Price: $50.00

Date: July 28, 2016

Books of Native Americas

Books of Native Americas
with Jill S Weese
Thursday, July 28; 1pm-4pm
For teachers of 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.

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

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Price: $50.00

Date: July 28, 2016

Gelatin Printing in the Classroom

Gelatin Printing in the Classroom
with Jill S Weese
Monday, August 1; 9am-12pm
For teachers of 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. Each participant will take home a gelatin printing plate to continue to use at home. A ‘Gelli’ brand gel printing plate will also be available for comparison. Gelatin printing is versatile, easy, and fun. Safe printing for all ages.

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

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 1, 2016

Beyond Perfection: Making Books with What You Have

Beyond Perfection: Making Books with What You Have
with Jill S Weese
Tuesday, August 2; 9am-12pm
For teachers of 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.

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

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 2, 2016

Collage: Beyond Cut and Paste

Collage: Beyond Cut and Paste
with Jill S Weese
Wednesday, August 3; 9am-12pm
For teachers of grades 2-12

Take your students beyond cut and paste. Learn how to maximize collage as an instructional tool to teach students how to express an idea visually stressing art elements and the principles of design. Utilizing a structured process that stresses artful learning and fine motor skills, participants will collage a composition book that demonstrates a clear visual message. Collages will be sealed for long tern use in the classroom. Additional sample collages will be available to demonstrate connections to curricular subjects.

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

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 3, 2016