Shine Bright Like a Zine

with Anna Haglin
Saturday, October 19; 10am-4pm

This workshop turns up the volume on an unapologetically loud publication format–zines. In two sessions, participants will learn how to generate content, execute a layout, print in toner, apply hot-stamped foil, and fold their one-page zines. Participants will walk away with their own limited edition to distribute in as many venues as possible—letting each idea shine in a new community.

Certificate: Category B or C

$108 + $30 supply fee

Registration Closed

Introduction to Design: Color and Composition

with Laura Brown
Sat-Sun, October 26 & 27; 9am-4pm

Developing a visual language is essential for any artist. This two-day workshop will provide participants with a framework for creating images through exercises that emphasize experimentation and play. With a focus on color relationships and their effect on composition, methods will include collage, drawing, watercolor painting, and rubber stamp carving and printing.

Certificate: Category A; fulfills core design requirement

$252 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Dirty Works: Holiday Postcard Printing

with Laura Brown
Friday, November 1; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

 

Get to know MCBA’s platen presses, perfect for printing small items like cards. Together, the workshop will set a few short phrases in wood or large metal type, and print sets of special cards for sending to the ones you love! Participants will leave with 12 postcards ready to send.

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

Continuing Pointed Pen Calligraphy

with Kris MacDonald
Sundays, November 3 and 10; 1-4pm
Pointed Pen Calligraphy required

Expand your pointed pen calligraphy skills and learn to make beautiful medallion and free-form foliage designs to enhance your lettering. Designs will be broken down into easily learned elements. Enjoy playing with the pen to create imaginative accents while improving your lettering skills. Bring your calligraphic supplies: pen, ink, practice paper, slant board, etc.

Certificate: Category D

$108 + $10 supply fee

Introduction to Screen Printing

with Michelle Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Thursdays: November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19; 6-9pm

This workshop will focus on the basics of screen printing, providing participants with the fundamental knowledge necessary to explore and experiment on their own. In MCBA’s darkroom and screen printing studio, learn the basics of design, screen exposure, ink and multi-color printing. Design demos will include hand-drawn images and hand-cut stencils. Printing demos will include registration techniques and successful printing tips for paper and fabric. The workshop will culminate with a group critique of work produced by each participant as well as a calendar-themed print exchange.

Certificate: Category A or B

$324 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Letterpress II

with CB Sherlock
Friday, November 8; 6-9pm; Sat-Sun, November 9 & 10; 10am-5pm

Letterpress I (or equivalent) required
Become proficient on the Vandercook press while creating one collaborative workshop project and one self-directed project. Acquire technical skills that prepare you to work independently on the press with edition printing, mixing custom ink colors, roller height adjustment, and tympan change. Explore the making of books—sequence and narrative, page layout, image and text interplay, typography, and other considerations that go into producing a small book.

Certificate: Category B

$306 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Paper Marbling: Patterns I

with Sally Power
Saturday, November 16; 10am-4pm
Marbling experience required

 

Patterns are an essential technique of marbling. Designed for those who have experience marbling, this workshop will focus on patterns, such as nonpareil, chevron, and their variations. Through instruction and demonstrations, learn how a single traditional marbling pattern is a starting point for multiple variations. Experiment with patterns and begin to build your technique and palette with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout. This workshop is a prerequisite for Extreme Marbling.

Certificate: Category B or D

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Ex-Libris: Image and Identity in the Tradition of Handcarved Bookplates

with Nicole Sara Simpkins
Mondays: November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16; 6-9pm

Since as early as 1460, “Ex-Libris” plates have graced the pages of precious books, denoting ownership and identity in relation to personal libraries. This workshop is a six-week exploration of the longstanding tradition of these miniature works of art. Looking at a range of examples from 15th century woodcuts up through contemporary imagery, participants will get an introduction to the intersections between history, design, and evolving print technology. Work with these images to discuss the relationship between personal symbology and identity, and then develop imagery generated from these historical references, cross-pollinated with personal symbolism. Complete four 4 x 5 inch relief prints using linoleum and wood. Experienced participants will have the option to create a two-color reduction print and all participants will finish with small editions of each image.

Certificate: Category B or D

$270 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 supply fee

Japanese Retchoso Binding

with Sarah Peterson
Monday, November 18; 6-9pm

Learn this unique sewn slit binding used for medieval Japanese manuscripts. This simple, softcover book structure binds loose leaf pages together, making it ideal for binding a collection of sketches or other written and/or visual work. The structure can also be made with new blank pages which is what will be bound in this workshop.

Certificate: Category D

$60 + $15 supply fee

Vade Mecum: The Constant Companion

with Jana Pullman
Saturday, November 30; 10am-5pm

A vade mecum, or take-me-along, is a book meant to be carried by the owner. Originating in the middle ages, it has come to mean any manual or handbook of instruction that provides vital information to the person who carries it. In this workshop, we will each make a vade mecum in the style of a stab-bound girdle book with pages that unfold to show the full page size.This structure works well with images or large amounts of text and has many possibilities for artists working with the book form.

Certificate: Category D

$126 + $20 supply fee

Dirty Works: Carve and Stamp Wrapping Paper

with Laura Brown
Friday, December 6; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

 

Learn the basics of relief printing by carving your own stamp and creating a repeat pattern on paper. This is perfect for creating festive handmade gift wrap (and many other uses)! Participants will leave with two 18×24 inch sheets of wrapping paper, ready for holiday gift-giving, and their own stamps for future printing and experimenting.

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

Introduction to Marbling

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, December 14; 10am-4pm

Experience the magic of marbling! Learn the basic process of marbling with acrylics, including recipes for the various components of the process. Make four basic patterns (stones, moire/waved, git-gel, and nonpareil), explore seasonal color palettes, and take home your own marbled papers ready to use in bookbinding and other arts.

Certificate: Category A

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Screen Printed Gifts for the Holidays

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Sunday, December 15; 12-4pm

Spend an afternoon making gifts and cards! First, build confidence in your screen printing skills by printing holiday cards designed by instructors. Then, print your own unique design on a set of cards or three gift items (choose from t-shirts, tote bags, tea towels, and trivets). Learn the basics of screen printing using hand-drawn artwork, cut-paper stencils, and darkroom techniques. Instruction will cover design, screen exposure, ink, and printing on paper, fabric, and cork. Bring your sketches and ideas to the workshop!

$78 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $30 supply fee

Introduction to Marbling, Section A

with Sally Power
Sunday, January 19; 10am-4pm

Experience the magic of marbling! Learn the basic process of marbling with acrylics, including recipes for the various components of the process. Make four basic patterns (stones, moire/waved, git-gel, and nonpareil), explore seasonal color palettes, and take home your own marbled papers ready to use in bookbinding and other arts.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category A

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Quilt and Bead Embellished Coptic Stitch Journal

with Georgia Greeley
Sunday, January 26; 10am-5pm

Learn the two-needle coptic stitch binding with a few flourishes! With instructor support, explore prepping cloth for quilting, beading, and attaching to book board, as well as hand-quilting and cloth beading techniques. Combine these steps into a traditionally stitched, uniquebook.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$126 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee