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Tune in to Mail is Magic every Friday at 11 am on Facebook! Hosted by MCBA Lead Teaching Artist Madeline Garcia, each episode dives into a different aspect of mail art, from variations of letter and envelope folds to hand lettering and printmaking techniques.

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 5: Collage & Found Objects, Madeline will inspire you to repurpose scraps or found media into a piece of mail art! Creating a collage with magazine clippings, waste material, and other collected scraps is an accessible art form that can say a lot about a particular place or time—and prevent waste, too!

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.


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 Virtual Workshops

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.

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. 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 Certificate programs. Enrollees 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 FAQs, please visit our About Virtual Workshops page.  If you are a teaching artist, you can propose a virtual workshop here.