Dirty Works: Letterpress Postcards

with Laura Brown
Friday, May 3; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Get to know MCBA’s platen presses, perfect for printing small items like postcards. Together, the class will set a few short phrases in wood or large metal type, and print sets of unique, hand-printed postcards.

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 Tulip Garden

with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, May 3; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Celebrate the arrival of spring by learning to fold a small, paper tulip garden. Instruction will cover basic origami folding techniques and participants will go home with information to fold more tulips and a colorful, paper garden.

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: Zine Making 101

with Fiona Avocado
Friday, May 3; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn how to make a folded, eight-page, tiny zine out of one sheet of paper. Create and design your zine using writing, illustration, and/or collage. Leave the workshop with a completed tiny zine and skills to create more zines at home.

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

Quick and Dirty Letterpress Broadsides

with Monica Edwards Larson
Saturday, May 4; 10am-4pm

Experience the art and craft of letterpress printing while getting your hands dirty making message-driven broadsides. Peruse a selection of broadsides featuring political messages and poetry, then learn beginning typesetting using wood and metal type. Each participant will design and print their own small edition of broadsides on the Vandercook press. The workshop consists of technical demonstrations on press operation, hand inking with brayers, and various simple image-printing processes. Experience the satisfaction of printing your unique message through the physical process of letterpress printing!

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Origami Boxes for Gift-Giving

with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, May 9; 6-9pm

Packaging is essential to gift-giving – so why not make your packaging unique? In this class, construct three unique boxes appropriate for summer gifting with a variety of decorative papers. If you are new to origami, boxes and bags are a great way to get started in this amazing art form.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

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

Introduction to Concertina

with Sue Bjerke
Thursday, May 16; 6-9pm

The concertina or accordion is the simplest of book forms, but has numerous variations and applications. This class will focus on several concertina book structures: hard cover triangle, hard cover non-adhesive, wrap around cover with closure, and the single sheet surprise format. Other variations of versatile concertina possibilities will be discussed as time allows.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category A

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Cartonnage: Magic Box

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, May 18; 9am-5pm

Amaze your friends with a magic box! Sometimes called a Jacob’s Ladder box, this magic box has a low profile design with three sections and opens from two sides, making it appear to have secret compartments. Students will learn the essential elements of making unique containers from book board along with basics of design and construction, the ins and outs of measuring, cutting and applying decorative paper, and easy ways to create variations of the design.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Letterpress I

with Sara R. Parr
Sat-Sun, May 18 & 19; 9am-5pm

Jump start your letterpress printing with this weekend intensive! This workshop is perfect for those who want to try letterpress but don’t have time for the six-week course or for rusty letterpress printers in need of a refresher. Learn the fundamentals of paper, ink and design. Then hand set type, carve a simple linoleum cut, and print a small edition of broadside prints on MCBA’s Vandercook presses.

Certificate: 16 hours, Category A; fulfills Core letterpress requirement

$250 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Carousel Books

with Erin Maurelli
Saturday, June 1; 10am-5pm

Binding experience helpful but not required

Create a free-standing structure with this variation on the accordion book. This book can function as a readable book or as a small sculpture. Skills include folding, paper cutting, and story-boarding. Prepared materials provided.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category C or D

$110 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Intensive: Shaping and Making a Mini Memoir

with Regula Russelle
Mon-Fri, June 3-7, 9am-12pm

Books are marvelous containers for memories. They make wonderful gifts for family and friends. In this weeklong workshop, explore ideas for mini memoirs — how a bit of life can be shaped into a meaningful form. Look through handmade examples for inspiration and then work on one or two small books that are either complete or will serve as sturdy drafts for future work. The class will cover content development, useful book structures, and simple illustrations. Techniques taught are with inexpensive tools and materials that you can use to make small books on a kitchen table or a desk.

Certificate: 15 hours, Category C or D

$240 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Letterpress I Intensive

with Bill Myers
Mon-Fri, June 3-7; 10am-3pm

This introductory intensive offers a thorough introduction to typesetting and presswork. Students will start with printing a collaborative project, then design and print an edition of broadsides with text and a simple image of their choosing. Through the course of their projects, participants will learn the basics of Vandercook press operation, studio tools and procedures, typography, and a variety of printmaking techniques, focusing on creation of a beautiful edition of broadsides.

Certificate: 25 hours, Category A, fulfills Core letterpress requirement

$380 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Paper Marbling Intensive

with Sue Bjerke, Heather RJ Fletcher, and Sally Power
Mon-Fri, June 3-7; 10am-4pm

This week-long paper marbling workshop using acrylic paints is designed for both beginning and more experienced marblers. Through instruction and demonstrations, you will learn or review the basic recipes for carrageenan, etc. and the classic patterns. Expand your marbling horizons by marbling on wooden items and a variety of formed paper masks. We will also include side-bar discussions on such things as tool and paint making, and marbling fabrics for those interested. This workshop offers time to build your technique and trouble-shoot with seasoned practitioners as well as develop your color palette and cultivate your marbling style.

Certificate: 30 hours, Category A or B

$425 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $120 supply fee

Dirty Works: Origami Super Crane

with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, June 7; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

An embellished version of the traditional origami crane, the super crane was created just two years ago by two origami masters: Tomoko Fuse and Akiko Yamanashi. There are two variations of the super crane, a static version and a sliding wings version. Either version may have an infinite number of wings making this an extremely decorative and fun-to-fold model.

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, June 7; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn the basics of screen printing with photo emulsion! Hand-pull a two-color print on a tote bag and paper.

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

Your Creative DNA: Artists’ Books and Process

with Brad Thomas
Sat-Sun, June 8 & 9; 10am-4pm

Draw upon your personal history to inform and propel new creations. Spontaneity, improvisation, and experimentation are central to the process. Together, as a class, explore strategies to get over the (sometimes) daunting hurdle of getting started. Utilizing basic bookbinding techniques, construct a personalized book and learn a variety of approaches to fill it with personal narratives and the unexpected. While the 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 the book projects.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category D

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 supply fee