Origami Snowflakes

with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, January 16; 6-8pm

Snowflakes are intricately, magically formed ice crystals. As has been told since childhood, no two are alike, but they are all forms of hexagons. Learn how to fold intricate, original origami snowflakes using the same hexagonal base as a starting point.  We’ll look at the categories of real snowflakes as a springboard for creation. The possibilities are limitless.

Certificate: 2 hours, Category D

$40 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $12 supply fee

Steampunk Book Box

with Sarah Ta
Wednesday evenings, February 5, 12, 19; 6-9pm

In this course, you will learn how to create a steampunk-inspired book that includes a hand-stitched signature and a box to store small trinkets. Learn new and creative techniques to incorporate such as embossing, stiffening fabric for binding, painting, paper collaging, and decoupage. Participants will walk away with a completed treasure they can share and the skills to make more!

Certificate: 9 hours, Category D

$162 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 supply fee

Weekend Introduction to Binding

with Jana Pullman
Saturday-Sunday, February 15 & 16; 10am-4pm

Learn several binding styles and basic skills, plus important fundamentals of materials, equipment and techniques. Make an accordion with a pamphlet stitch, a long stitch binding, and a multi-signature case binding. Simple tools and methods will be used and discussed so each student can continue working at home.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A; fulfills bookbinding requirement

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

Your Creative DNA: Artists’ Books and Process

with Brad Thomas
Saturday & Sunday, February 29-March 1; 10am-4pm

This workshop promotes the artist’s book as a safe space for personal expression and self-discovery. Draw upon your personal histories to develop meaningful content and propel new creations. Spontaneity, improvisation, and experimentation will be central to our journey. Together, we will explore strategies to get over the (sometimes) daunting hurdle of just getting started. Utilizing basic bookbinding techniques, construct your own personalized book and learn a variety of approaches to fill it with personal narratives and the unexpected. While our books will certainly be stand-alone works of art, we will draw upon the content to develop additional pieces during the class. Painting, drawing, collage, acrylic gel medium transfers, and basic book construction will all be integrated into our projects.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category D

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Dirty Works: Ink Unleashed! Monoprinting 101

with Jessie Merriam
Friday, March 6; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Monoprinting is a flexible and fast printmaking process. Get a taste of intaglio, relief, and collagraph processes to create one-of-a-kind prints.

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: Origami Secret Drawer Box

with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, March 6; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn how to make a box with 4 secret drawers using just paper – no cuts, no glue! Use as a gift box or keep your own special items inside.

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

Japanese Tabletop Screens

with Sheila Asato
Saturday-Sunday, March 7 & 8; 10am-3pm

Small screens are often used in Japan as a backdrop for floral arrangements, during the tea ceremony and to display art or calligraphy. In this workshop you will learn how to make a small folding screen using traditional Japanese paper hinges. Then you will decorate your screen with sumi ink brush work, Japanese monkiri paper cuttings, and collage using decorative papers, your own artwork, or magazine images.

Certificate: 10 hours, Category B or D

$180 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Developing Narrative Voices: “Echoes from Schools”

with Paula Benfer
Thursday, April 2, 6-9pm; Saturday & Sunday, April 4-5, 9am-4pm

Budding writers and visual artists will enjoy using their personal school day experiences to create a traditional book, or 3-D object. First, deconstruct ordinary school objects and transform them into “covers” or housings for your stories. Then, illustrate your written story with reduction prints, stamps, embossments, and other methods. This class will be free flowing and playful, implementing many collage and fiber mediums. Experiment with a variety of tools, along with writing and printed illustrations. Final pieces will be on display in a culminating celebration and sharing of stories with invited guests.

Certificate: 17 hours; Category C or D

$306 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Introduction to Western Papermaking

with Bridget O’Malley
Thursdays, April 2-May 7; 6-9pm

Learn the tools, terminology, and procedures of Western-style papermaking as you process cotton and abaca fibers in the Hollander beaters, use moulds and deckles to form sheets, and explore traditional drying techniques. Then, up the ante by adding pigments, inclusions, and/or sizing! Focus will be on consistent sheet formation and on a solid grounding in materials and technique.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category A or D, fulfills papermaking requirement

$324 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Intermediate Screen Printing: Fun with Layers!

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Wednesdays, April 15-May13; 6-9pm

This project-driven course will focus on the methods, techniques, and procedures employed in screen printing an edition of prints with multiple layers. Gain fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to confidently explore and experiment within the medium of screen printing. Explore registration methods and techniques, creating color separations and artwork for positives, mixing inks, printing effectively, and planning for successful screen prints. Each participant will create at least one edition of prints over the course of the class and will have the opportunity to participate in a group print exchange. Participants will also have the option to make simple prints on apparel. Previous screen printing experience required.

Certificate: 15 hours, Category C

$270 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 supply fee

Magic Box Building

with Erin Maurelli
Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26; 10am-4pm

Do you believe in magic? You will as you learn to build this unique structure. Based on the Jacob’s Ladder structure, this box opens in two directions, revealing hidden compartments. Get big results and impress your friends with this complicated looking structure. Don’t worry, clear instructions and friendly instruction will make the beautiful result appear…as if by magic! The box is designed to hold a standard deck of playing cards and includes other compartments. Have something special to fit in a box? Bring it along.

Introduction to Book Arts, beginning box making, any structure building using book board preferred

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 supply fee

Bookish Hand Puppets

with Nancy Ariza
Saturday, January 18; 1pm-3pm
For families with children ages 6 and up

Become a master puppeteer by creating your own hand puppet characters! Learn basic bookmaking techniques and combine them with color and collage to bring your unique creations to life.

Adult/child pair: $32 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $5 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $16 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $2.50 supply fee

Preschool Book Arts

with Ellen Ferrari
Thursdays, January 23-February 27; 1:30-2:30pm
For families with children ages 3-5

Get a jump on literacy in interactive preschool book arts workshops! Make paper; print patterns, shapes, and letters; and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each workshop begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools, and processes are also introduced. These workshops emphasize visual decision-making, improve manual dexterity, encourage a love of books, and can be repeated over and over again as projects change each session. Dress for mess.

Register for Preschool Book Arts 6 week session
Adult/child pair: $60 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $12 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $30 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $6 supply fee

Register for Wacky Books, January 23; 1:30-2:30pm

Register for Block Printing, January 30; 1:30-2:30pm

Register for Printing Press ABC’s, February 6; 1:30-2:30pm

Register for Marbling, February 13; 1:30-2:30pm

Register for Movable Winter Books, February 20; 1:30-2:30pm

Register for Papermaking, February 27; 1:30-2:30pm

Single sessions
Adult/child pair: $16 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $2 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $8 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $1 supply fee