Free and All Ages


Dive into a different aspect of mail art in each of the five episodes below!  Hosted by MCBA Lead Teaching Artist Madeline Garcia, these 10-to-15-minute lessons cover everything from DIY envelopes to hand lettering and printmaking techniques. Madeline shares lots of inspiring examples and prompts to get you started.

Send your mail art to a loved one, or send it to us and be part of a pop-up window installation at MCBA! You’ll support the USPS while you’re at it. #MailedIt

In Lesson One: Envelopes, Madeline showed us how to make an envelope from scratch by folding any large photograph or paper sheet into nine sections.

In Lesson Two: Artistamps, Madeline showed us how to design a sheet of “artistamps,”which play off of real postage stamps for design inspiration.

In Lesson 3: Hand-Lettering in Mail Art, Madeline inspired viewers to create mail art composed entirely of letterforms (with the help of scissors, stickers, and colorful pens).

In Lesson 4: Rubber Stamp Carving, Madeline demonstrated how to carve your own stamp with an Xacto knife and a rubber eraser.

In Lesson 5: Collage & Found Objects, Madeline inspired us to repurpose paper scraps and found media into a mail art collage.


These paper-based projects can be assembled with simple household materials and are perfect for all skill levels. Though we are no longer presenting live fold-alongs, we have archived all 11 videos here so you can catch up on a missed lesson or return to a favorite structure.


Adult & Family Workshops

In an effort to support social distancing and to continue to spark the artistic impulse in all of us, MCBA is offering live, virtual workshops on a variety of topics, suitable for all skill levels. Art and meaningful connection are more important now than ever! With the help of an online platform, MCBA’s teaching artists are eager to connect with you wherever you are. Workshops are interactive and not recorded.

Virtual workshops are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Certificate programs. Enrollees receive a 20% discount on tuition while registration is open. MCBA members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Have questions? This PDF contains a detailed list of FAQs.  If you are a teaching artist, you can propose a virtual workshop here.

Add your name to a wait list if a workshop you’d like to take is full. You’ll be contacted if another section of the workshop is scheduled.