Open Studio: Letterpress, Screen printing, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater

$50 ($45 members) for the full six hour session
Experience and training required

Letterpress:
Set type, make polymer plates, print on MCBA’s presses and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Reservations are first-come-first-served, and participants must have completed an introductory course on the press they are reserving (Vandercook, platen, sign). Fee covers inks and solvents; supply your own paper.

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10/30Click to register
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Screen printing:
Prep screens, expose and print in MCBA’s darkroom and printing studio, and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Fee covers screen use and emulsions; supply your own inks and paper.

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10/30Click to register
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Bookbinding:
Open Studio provides access to binding tools, cutting equipment, and fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers tool use plus some consumables (thread and PVA); supply your own bookboard, cloth, paper and other needs.

DateRegistration
10/30Click to register
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12/11Click to register

Papermaking and Paper Beater:
Bring your own prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. Attendees should schedule a time to pick up their paper the following day.

You can also beat fiber for paper for future sheet-forming. The studio’s two Valley beaters can each hold approximately .75lb.(dry) of fiber (rag or half-stuff), and the Reina beater can hold up to 2lb.(dry) of fiber (half-stuff only). When you register, please specify which beater you’d like to reserve. Pre-weigh and pre-soak all fibers to be beaten. If you have taken a papermaking course but are not familiar with our paper beaters, Paper Beater trainings are offered every month. Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each of MCBA’s paper beaters, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.

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10/30Click to register
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12/11Click to register

Open Studio: Marbling

$45 ($40 members); $15 supply fee
Marbling experience required

Open Studio provides access to marbling tools and equipment, as well as fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers use of 16×20″ tanks of carrageenan*, alum, brushes, cups and eyedroppers; supply your own paints* and paper. Participants must register at least three days in advance.

*Carrageenan is used for western-style marbling only. If you plan to practice suminagashi, please call the Shop to let a staff member know so carrageenan is not prepared for you unnecessarily.

*Paint: While many different kinds of inks, paints, and watercolors may be used in the marbling process, we recommend using Golden Fluid Acrylics with our equipment.

DateRegistration
11/3FULL
12/1Click to register

Cutting Equipment Training

$15 ($10 members)

If you aren’t already trained to use our cutting equipment, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s bindery cutting equipment, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.

DateRegistration
11/13Click to register
12/11Click to register

Paper Beater Training

Papermaking experience required
$15 ($10 members)

If you aren’t already trained to use our paper beaters, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s paper beaters, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.

DateRegistration
11/6Click to register
12/4Click to register

Dirty Works: Accordion Sampler

with Jill Weese
Friday, November 2; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Experiment with a variety of techniques in one beautiful hard cover accordion book. First participants will fold an accordion book, sewn in pages using a western pamphlet stitch, create a hidden page and pop-ups.

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

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

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

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

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

Japanese-Inspired Visual Journals

with Sheila Asato
Sat-Sun, November 3 & 4; 10am-4pm

Visual journals are a wonderful tool for getting the creative juices flowing, developing new ideas and exploring materials and methods from other cultures. In this class, you will start by making a Japanese stab-binding journal. Then you learn a variety of ways to use Japanese papers into your visual journal process. These will include chigiri-e (washi paper collage), kiri-e (paper cutting), monkiri (circular patterns) and simple Asian brushwork exercises utilizing watercolor and sumi ink. By the end of the class, you will have a basic understanding of how to use a variety of Japanese materials that you will be able to continue experimenting with on your own long after the class has ended.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 10/13/18

Paper Marbling: Special Effects

with Sally Power
Sunday, November 4; 9am-3pm
Introduction to Marbling or equivalent required

Go beyond patterns and explore a range of marbling techniques that create special effects! These techniques include: moiré and Spanish moiré, which make the marbled sheet look as if it’s folded or underwater; and over-marbling, which adds depth and complexity to the patterns. Methods for using white space and marbling on colored paper will also be explored.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 10/14/18

Crossed-Structure Binding

with Sue Bjerke
Wednesday, November 7; 6–9pm

This softcover binding offers endless combinations for weaving and stitching. Signatures are sewn to the cover making a sturdy journal that opens flat for ease of use. Covers can be cut from the same color paper or from a contrasting sheet creating infinite possible combinations. Elements of design and variation will be discussed as we make a 4×6” journal. This will be a versatile addition to your binding repertoire and makes a unique gift.
Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $30 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 10/17/18

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

Charting an Art Practice

with Regula Russelle
Thursdays: November 8 & 15; 6-8pm

All artists, from professional to amateur, grapple with: how to make room for artmaking in our daily lives, how to respect our limitations and make peace with uncertainty, how to create realistic goals and work toward them, and how to connect with an audience. This participatory workshop explores how to shape a life in the (book) arts through writing, “map making,” conversation, and by considering examples.

Certificate: 4 hours, Category C or D

$75 ($65 members) + $5 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $55, valid through 10/18/18

Kirie: The Japanese Art of Paper Cutting

with Sheila Asato
Sat-Sun, November 10 & 11; 10am-4pm

Explore the Japanese art of Kirie (paper cutting) which has been experiencing a bit of a boom in Japan lately. Think of Kirie as drawing with an X-Acto knife. It is a very direct method of creating bold, satisfying designs in paper that work nicely in books, as well as for printmaking. Through the practice of Kirie, participants will learn how to see the beauty of line, contrast and negative spaces in a new and dynamic way that will enliven their work in book arts and beyond. No previous drawing or art experience is necessary to enjoy this lovely art form.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category D

$220 ($200 members) + $15 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 10/20/18