Free Fold-Alongs

Join MCBA Lead Teaching Artist Madeline Garcia for a Virtual Fold-Along—a free book arts lesson for kids of all ages! Learn a unique book structure every Friday at 11:00am CDT on Facebook Live. Gather your simple household materials ahead of time with the help of the following lists.



 
You’ll need these materials to follow along and make your own Tower Pop-Up Book:

          • One – 7 X 11 in. sheet of paper (preferably cardstock)
          • One – 4 ½ X 11 in. sheet of paper (preferably cardstock)
          • Scissors, ruler, glue stick, pencil, bone folder (or ruler or popsicle stick), additional scrap paper for gluing


 
You’ll need these materials to follow along and make your own Dos-á-Dos Book:

          • One – 4 X 11 in. sheet of paper (preferably card stock)
          • Ten – 5 ½ X 4 in. sheet of paper
          • Two – 12 in. pieces of string
          • Embroidery needle, pencil, 4 paper clips, awl (or thumbtack), unused sponge (optional), ruler, bone folder (or popsicle stick or ruler)

Archived Virtual Fold-Alongs

Join MCBA Lead Teaching Artist Madeline Garcia for a free virtual book arts lesson! These twenty-minute projects can be assembled with simple household materials and are perfect for all skill levels.


You’ll need these simple household materials to follow along and make your own Hidden Page Book:

          • One – 8½ x 11 in. sheet of paper cut in half longwise to 4 1/4x 11
          • Two – 2 11/16 x 4 1/4 in. sheets of paper for hidden page inserts
          • Two – 3 x 4 ½ in. sheets of paper (for covers, optional)
            *preferable if papers are different colors
          • Pencil, scissors, glue stick (for covers, optional), bone folder (or popsicle stick or ruler), additional scrap paper for gluing

You’ll need these simple household materials to follow along and make your own Sewn Pamphlet Book:

          • Eight – 8 ½ x 11 in. sheets of paper
          • One – 9 x 11 ½ in. sheet of paper
          • One 25 in. piece of thread or string
          • Embroidery needle, pencil, 4 paper clips, awl (or thumbtack), unused sponge (optional), bone folder (or popsicle stick or ruler)

You’ll need these simple household materials to follow along and make your own Pop-Out Card:

          • One – 7 x 10 in. sheet of paper
          • One – 6 x 9 in. sheet of paper (both preferably cardstock)
          • Scissors, glue stick, pencil, bone folder (or ruler or popsicle stick), additional scrap paper for gluing


You’ll need these simple household materials to follow along and make your own Petal Fold Book:

          • Five – 8 ½ x 8 ½ in. squares of paper (differently colored)
          • Two – 4 ½ x 4 ½ in. sheets of paper (for covers)
          • Glue stick, pencil, bone folder (or popsicle stick or ruler), additional scrap paper for gluing

You’ll need these simple household materials to follow along and make your own Tunnel Book:

          • One – 4 ¼ x 11 in. sheet of paper for front cover
          • One – 4 ¼ x 5 ½ in. sheet of paper for back cover
          • Two – 4 ¼ x 3 in. sheets of paper for spines
          • Glue stick, pencil, ruler, bone folder (or popsicle stick or ruler), additional scrap paper for gluing

You’ll need these simple household materials to follow along and make your own Flag Book:

          • Two – 8 ½ x 5 ½ in. paper covers
          • One – 8 ½ x 8 ½ in. paper spine
          • Nine – 2 ⅝ x 5 ¼ in. paper rectangles for flags (variety of colors preferable)
          • Glue stick, pencil, bone folder (or popsicle stick or ruler), additional scrap paper for gluing


You’ll need these materials to follow along and make your own Portrait Pop-Out Card:

          • One – 7 x 10 in. sheet of paper (preferably cardstock)
          • One – 7 x 5 ½ in. sheet of paper (preferably cardstock)
          • Scissors, glue stick, pencil, bone folder (or ruler or popsicle stick), additional scrap paper for gluing and embellishing 


You’ll need these materials to follow along and make your own Circle Fold Book:

          • Eight – 5 x 5 in. sheets of paper (or one large sheet)
          • One – 6 x 6 in. sheet of heavy weight paper for covers (optional)
          • Compass (or bowl or quart container smaller than 5 x 5 in.) to draw circles
          • Glue stick, pencil, bone folder (or popsicle stick or ruler), additional scrap paper for gluing

You’ll need these materials to follow along and design your own Single-Sheet Book:

          • One 8 ½ X 11 in. sheet of paper

OR

          • One 11 X 17 in. sheet of paper

Adult Virtual 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. While we’re away from the studios, let’s print in the kitchen, fold paper on coffee tables, and design new work with computers! With the help of an online platform, MCBA’s teaching artists are eager to connect with you wherever you are. Art and meaningful connection are more important now than ever. 

Virtual workshops are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Core Certificate or Advanced Certificate in Book Arts. Those enrolled in the Certificate program receive a 20% discount on tuition while registration is open. MCBA members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

To view a more detailed list of questions and answers, please visit our About Virtual Workshops page.  If you are a teaching artist and would like to propose a virtual workshop, click here.

Intro to Screen Printing: DIY Studio Setup

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Wednesdays: May 27, June 3, 10, 17; 6–8pm

Have you ever wanted to invest in your own home screen printing studio but weren’t sure where to start? This period of social distancing is the perfect time for this creative home DIY!

Michelle and Kirsten’s live, virtual workshop will focus on the methods, techniques, and procedures employed in screen printing at home—without a darkroom! Set up your home screen printing space and gain fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to confidently explore and experiment within the medium of screen printing, including cutting stencils, screen printing with watercolors, mixing inks, printing layers, registration methods and techniques, printing on fabric and paper, printing effectively, and planning for successful screen prints. This workshop includes video office hours and a walk-through of each participant’s home studio setup. Open to all skill levels!

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A or C

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members).
Participants are responsible for sourcing their own supplies from the materials list. Teaching artists will answer questions about materials in advance of the workshop start date.

Please note: Registration closes May 18 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.

Registration is closed.

Creative Dreamwork and Book Arts

with Sheila Asato
Thursdays: June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16; 6-8pm

During this uncertain time, people are experiencing more vivid dreams. Learn useful ways of working with dreams through book arts. Create a deceptively simple book and use it to practice a variety of mixed media techniques and writing exercises. Through this creative process, experience personal insights, cultivate emotional resilience, and refresh your creative spirit.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category D

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members).
Participants are responsible for sourcing their own supplies from the materials list. Teaching artists will answer questions about materials in advance of the workshop start date.

Please note: Registration closes June 8 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.

Masu Boxes and Storage Books

with  Amanda D’Amico
Wednesday, June 24; 6–9pm

The Masu Box (translated as ‘measurement box’) is a simple origami structure made of paper. This square box can be used to wrap gifts or store objects, but it can also be adapted with simple bookbinding techniques to create sculptural book objects. In this 3-hour workshop, we will begin with the basic box structure. We will create a lid to complete the traditional box before going on to play with these paper elements, creating books that can house secret images or small objects, and create a tactile and fun experience for the reader.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$60 (10% discount for MCBA members).
Participants are responsible for sourcing their own supplies from the materials list. Teaching artists will answer questions about materials in advance of the workshop start date.

Please note: Registration closes June 21 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.