Dirty Works: Screen Printing

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Friday, February 7; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn the basics of screen printing with photo emulsion! Hand-pull a two-color print on a tea towel 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

Origami for Everyday Organization

with Monica Howell
Monday, February 24; 6-9pm

Learn how to fold a variety of origami boxes, dishes, and trays that can be used to package gifts, store office supplies, organize a desk drawer, store or display jewelry, serve candy or snacks, or as seasonal decorations. Practice your origami skills on different types and sizes of paper and learn how to adjust paper proportions to create larger boxes and trays. Leave the workshop with a variety of boxes and trays, instructions for creating future items, and a selection of papers for future use.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$60 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 supply fee

Secret Belgian Binding

with Sarah Peterson
Saturday, March 14; 10am-3pm

Learn to make this fun modern binding! It was created in the 1980s as a temporary alternative to the Japanese Stab Binding that would open flat. Participants will learn the two-step sewn binding that results in an exposed cover binding that becomes part of the book design and decoration. Decorative papers and colorful threads will be incorporated and students will go home with a new binding technique for their portfolio.

Certificate: 5 hours, Category B or D

$90 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Less Junk, More Flowers: Origami Flowers from Recycled Materials

with Karine Rupp-Stanko
Saturday, April 18; 1-3pm

Turn your junk mail into beautiful origami flowers! Learn how to fold origami flowers using a modular technique. Build your skills practicing this fold while sharing in conversation about ways to reduce our impact on the environment, such as how to receive less unwanted solicitation mailings.

Certificate: 2 hours, Category D

$40 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $5 supply fee

Paper: An Ancient Medium in East Asian Contemporary Art

with Peng Wu
Sundays, April 19 & 26; 9am-4pm

Understanding the historical and social context of a medium is critical to art making. The class will start with a brief survey of paper as a historically significant medium used in ancient China, and its presence in Asian contemporary art and design, specifically in China, Japan, and Korea.

The survey will give you a broad understanding of the evolving role of paper in artistic expression, inspiring you to step out of the preconception of what paper is and can do. Two sessions of hands-on papermaking will allow for open-minded experimentation and play. Participate in a friendly culminating critique session so that you can practice articulating your work, a key component of contemporary art making.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category B or D

$252 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $60 supply fee

Structure and Content Woven Together

with Chip Schilling
Mondays, April 20, 27, May 4, 11; 6-9pm

In Book Arts, structure is as equally important as form and content. The woven tab structure generates many ideas for content which will be explored in this class. Learn the woven tab binding structure developed by Hedi Kyle, and get an introduction to letterpress printing for some of the text in your book. Discussions of content and idea generation will take place along with demonstrations of reproduction techniques and decorative techniques for print and binding. Leave the class with a finished book and ideas for how structure and content work together to create a cohesive book. Some bookbinding experience required.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 supply fee