Youth Classes and Daycamps

Art classes for Youth

MCBA is proud to offer a variety of engaging class and daycamp opportunities for youth, in partnership with other Twin Cities arts and cultural organizations. These unique partnerships give your child the opportunity to expand their creativity and explore many different art forms hands-on!

These camps and classes are designed for youth to attend independently; for workshops where kids and their adults can work side-by-side, please visit our Family Classes page.



Winter/Spring 2015 Youth Classes



It’s All About Me!

It’s All About Me!
Saturday, March 14; 9am–12:30pm
For students ages 6-8

Who says being selfish is a bad thing? If you want to get to know yourself better and create your very own book of you, then hurry and sign up for this class. We’ll use fun writing exercises to help you tell your own story of who you are and what you think, feel, and dream. We’ll show you how to use your writing and other materials to create a beautiful book, with you as the main character! At MCBA you will bind a book with pop-ups to fill with all of YOUR thoughts! Then, using a variety of art materials, you’ll spend time designing your world inside the book that’s all about you!

$58.50 ($52.65 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: March 14, 2015

Making Comics

Making Comics
Saturday, March 28; 9am–noon
For students ages 6-8

Do you enjoy reading comics? Have you ever thought of making one yourself? In this combo class, you will learn all about the building blocks of comics: panels, text, pacing, and so on, as well as how to conceptualize your characters and story. These combined efforts of form and content will result in a unique comic story of your own making. Students will then venture downstairs to MCBA to bind their original comic story into a handmade comic book and, time permitting, to construct a variety of books for sketching and use as a portfolio.

$58.50 ($52.65 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: March 28, 2015

Girl Scouts: Hardcover Journal

Girl Scouts: Hardcover Journal
Thursday, April 2; 6:00-8:45pm
For Cadettes ages 10-15 working toward the Book Artist badge

Bring your troop and join fellow Cadettes in an evening dedicated to book arts! Start with a tour of MCBA where you will learn about the studios and equipment book artists use. Next we will jump right into creating your very own hardcover journal -- learn about the structure of a book, as well as various bookbinding techniques. At the end of class, we will take a close look at several artists' books. Participants will also receive a variety of bookbinding instructions to continue making books at home!

This class is limited to 20 participants. Online registration is available for groups of up to 4 participants; if you would like to register for more than 4 at one time, please call The Shop at 612-215-2520 to process your registrations via phone.

Private workshops for your whole troop are also available; please contact Lucy Hawthorne at 612-215-2549 with questions. (Badge not supplied by MCBA.)

$29 ($26 members) + $5 supply fee

Register for this Class

Price: $26.00

Date: April 2, 2015

Snail Mail: The Art of Correspondence

Snail Mail: The Art of Correspondence
Saturday, April 25; 9am–noon
For students ages 6-8

Snail mail is not a thing of the past! Writing letters is an important way to communicate with loved ones near and far. In this class, students will learn the fun of communication through letter writing. We'll spend the first portion of the class downstairs at MCBA where students will make a set of postcards complete with their own illustrations and use a Vandercook printing press to create multiples! In the second half of the class, we’ll head upstairs to the Loft, where we will read stories like I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff, and With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada, to explore the purposes and customs of letters. We will then put pencil to paper and write letters on our brand new handmade stationery! Come experience first-hand how enjoyable it can be to send and receive snail mail. Students will leave with real letters, so be sure to stock up on stamps!

$58.50 ($52.65 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: April 25, 2015

Fairy Tales Old and New

Fairy Tales Old and New
Saturday, May 9; 9am–noon
For students ages 6-8

Fairy tales exist in every culture, and in this class, we'll read and take home fairy tales from all over the world. We’ll talk about elements important in fairy tale writing, including the plot and theme of each tale read, and we’ll have fun as we rewrite them, using our own characters, situations, and locations. For the second part of class, we’ll head down to MCBA where we’ll bring our fairy tales to life by making a book by hand to hold our stories of fantastical characters and creatures!

$58.50 ($52.65 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: May 9, 2015