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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 can be held at MCBA or at your site. Choose from among standard educator workshops by clicking here, or call 612-215-2529 to discuss options for a customized topic

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.

Summer 2017 Teacher Workshops with Jill Weese

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.

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

 

 

Introduction to Book Arts- Single Sheet Books for the Classroom

Introduction to Book Arts: Single Sheet Books for the Classroom
Monday, July 24
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 24, 2017

Beyond Perfection: Making Books with What You Have

Beyond Perfection: Making Books with What You Have
Monday, July 24
1pm – 4pm
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: July 24, 2017

Books for Biographies

Books for Biographies
Tuesday, July 25
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, time’s lines 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: $50.00

Date: July 25, 2017

Poetry Inspired Books

Poetry Inspired Books
Tuesday, July 25
1pm to 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: $45.00

Date: July 25, 2017

Paper Engineered 3-D Animal Books

Paper Engineered 3-D Animal Books
Wednesday, July 26
9am to 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: $50.00

Date: July 26, 2017

A Portfolio of Pop-ups

A Portfolio of Pop-ups
Wednesday, July 26
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 26, 2017

Books of Ancient Civilizations

Books of Ancient Civilizations
Thursday, July 27
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: $45.00

Date: July 27, 2017

Books of Native Americas

Books of Native Americas
Thursday, July 27
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 27, 2017