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 – FULL

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

Intensive: Color, Composition, and the Book

with Laura Brown
Mon-Fri, June 10-14, 10am-3pm

Developing a visual language is essential for any artist. This week-long workshop will provide participants with a framework for creating images and book layouts through exercises that emphasize experimentation and play. Considering the form of the book in relationship to its content, participants will create a series of different book forms as homes for experiments in drawing, watercolor, collage, and rubber stamp carving and printing. Special attention will be paid to color relationships and their effect on composition and communication in books.

Certificate: 20 hours, Category A (fulfills core design requirement) or C

$315 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Letterpress II Intensive

with CB Sherlock
Mon-Fri, June 10-14; 10am-3pm
Letterpress I (or equivalent) required

Become proficient on the Vandercook press while creating one collaborative class project and one self-directed project. Acquire technical skills 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: 25 hours, Category B

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

Papermaking Intensive: Production Papermaking

with Bridget O’Malley
Mon-Fri, June 10-14; 10am-3pm
All skill levels welcome

Are you interested in creating an edition of paper for a print project or a book? Many artists want to use handmade paper that is specific to their project, from a soft paper that takes an impression well to something skin-like and translucent that encourages a relationship to the human body. This workshop will help you to consider what fibers to work with and how to prepare it. Instruction will cover the basics of papermaking, such as, how to use a Hollander beater to make a variety of pulps from just one fiber, sheet-forming, and pressing and drying paper. How to harvest fiber from gardens, as well as, surface coatings and paper treatments such as dyes and gelatin sizing will also be addressed.

Certificate: 25 hours, Category B

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

Screen Printed Zines

with Fiona Avocado
Saturday, June 15; 10am-6pm
Intro to Screen Printing or equivalent experience required

Put your basic screen printing knowledge into further practice by combining illustration, screen printing, and a simple binding to create your own screen printed zines. Bring an idea for a story to class. Learn simple layout and design strategies for zines. Then, illustrate the story on vellum to create transparencies and practice multi-color screen printing and registration. Leave with copies of your screen printed tiny zine, and a copy of each of your classmates’ zines as part of a class exchange.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category B

$130 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $45 supply fee

A Simple Sewn Sketchbook

with Anna Shepard
Thursday, June 20; 6-9pm

In this evening workshop, make a simple, pocket-sized sketchbook with a flexible spine. Learn how to sew high-quality drawing paper onto thin, but strong, vellum tapes. Then, cover the sketchbooks in handmade decorative paper to make an attractive, soft-cover structure — ideal for the artist on the go!

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Long Stitch Book with Hardwood Spine

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, June 22; 9am-5pm

Add something new to your long-stitch repertoire: a drilled wooden spine. Use hardwoods from Africa and South America in a rainbow of colors: canarywood, rosewood, bloodwood, and purpleheart are among the possibilities. Cover weight papers will be selected to complement your wood spine, which will be drilled in class from a template. Long stitch sewing through the wood spine will result in stunning contrasts. Optional embellishment of top-stitching on the book covers will be discussed and demonstrated. The final book will be a chunky 7 x 6 inches (approximately), great for sketching or journals.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Planning Your Independent Book Project

with Monica Edwards Larson
Sat-Sun, June 29 & 30; 1-4pm

Part lecture and part discussion, this class will cover the how-tos of planning and implementing a book project from start to finish. Instruction will cover ideas for managing the scope of your project, building a realistic timeline, and additional resources to consider (supplemental education, studio access, online resources, and service bureaus). This class will feature many, many examples for inspiration, a combination of demos, and constructive feedback. Bring project ideas, past projects, mock-ups, and questions.

Certificate: 6 hours; Category B or C

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $5 supply fee

Dos-à-Dos, Two Ways

with Sue Bjerke
Thursday, June 27; 6-9pm

Learn two styles of dos à dos bindings in this workshop: an Asian stab binding with a soft case and a pamphlet with a wrap closure. The dos-à-dos binding (from the French meaning “back-to-back”) is a structure in which two separate books are bound together such that the fore-edge of one is adjacent to the spine of the other with a shared board between them serving as the back cover of both. This versatile structure offers the possibility of introducing contrasting materials in one book.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee