Dirty Works: Screen Printing

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Friday, April 3; 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


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

LEGO Letterpress

with Jason Yoh
Saturday, April 18; 1pm-3pm
For families with children ages 6 and up

Use your love of LEGO as a design tool! In this fun, hands-on workshop, use LEGO and a printing press to create a unique and playful work of art. After the session, you’ll know how to make prints of your own at home.

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

MCBA Recognized by American Printing History Association for Institutional Achievement

March 6, 2019

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) was presented with the Award for Institutional Achievement by the American Printing History Association (APHA) for its work promoting, preserving, and educating communities to the printing arts over MCBA’s history. The award was presented on Saturday, January 26, at APHA’s annual meeting at the Grolier Club in New York City, and was received by MCBA’s Board Chair, K.C. Foley.
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