Open Studios: A Conversation with Elana Schwartzman

Open Studios: Homebound Edition
A Conversation with Elana Schwartzman
Tuesday, May 26; 7:30pm

Tune in to Instagram Live next Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30pm for a conversation with letterpress printer and designer Elana Schwartzman, hosted by Elysa Voshell, Executive Director of MCBA! This is the second installment of our Open Studios: Homebound Edition series, which alternates each week between a live artist talk and a pre-recorded studio tour.

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MCBA/Loft Combo Camps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staying close to home this summer? Your imaginations can still venture far! We are partnering with the Loft Literary Center for a series of virtual camps that combine personal storytelling and bookmaking. The first half of each session will be spent turning your thoughts into words by writing your stories with professional authors at the Loft. Then, you’ll bring your stories to life with a one-of-a-kind book project, specifically tailored to your story and facilitated by professional book artists.

Click on a virtual camp below to sign up through the Loft!


Write Like an Animal
with Carolyn Williams-Noren and Madeline Garcia
For youth ages 9–11
Monday–Friday, July 6–10; 1–4pm

This week, write like an animal! Develop and inhabit an animal character (real and researched, wild and imagined, or something in between). How does your body feel, how do you move, and how does your mind work? What do you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel? What happens to you? Write your story and make a handmade book to show it off.


This Book is a Monster
with Ellen Fee and Madeline Garcia
For youth ages 6–8
Monday–Friday, July 27–31; 9am–noon

What if a book is more than a book? What if a book is really…a monster? Kids will craft monsters of their own making while learning the basics of creative writing. We’ll bring our monsters to life as we shape them into real books filled with poems, stories, and illustrations. (Don’t worry—our monsters won’t be too scary for your 6-8 year olds!)


It’s All About Me
with Brenda Hudson and Madeline Garcia
For youth ages 9–11
Monday–Friday, August 3–7; 9am–noon

Want to get to know yourself better and create your very own “book of you?” Sign up for this class! We’ll use quirky writing prompts to help you tell your own story of who you are and what you think, feel, and dream. Then we’ll show you how to use paste, paint, and markers to create a beautiful book, with you as the main character!

Learn How to Make a “Quaranzine”

with Regula Russelle
Mondays: June 1 and 8; 6–7:30pm

Explore how to shape a zine related to life during the pandemic. Content might range from sharing bread-making instructions to pointers on curing cabin fever. We will look at examples for inspiration, cover content development, simple zine structures, tips on making multiples, plus ways to share them with friends and strangers. The class will include group and individual meetings.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category C or 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 May 28 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.

Registration is closed.

Digital Artists’ Books

with Jody Williams
Wednesdays: June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8; 6–9pm

Most page-making computer programs are designed for single-section pamphlets, with little room for creative artist’s book applications. Participants in this workshop will be shown various approaches the instructor has developed using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create limited edition digital and hand-printed books. Determining an overall design that expresses cohesive content will lead to incorporating computer skills and techniques into students’ individual books. Various techniques will be explored to create templates to lay out accordion books and other folded structures, as well as sewn-section bindings that involve printing on both sides of paper. Individual pages with text and imagery can derive from a wide variety of computer- and hand-generated imagery, including photography, collage, drawing and painting. Demonstrations and samples of other artists’ books will introduce advanced techniques for incorporating digital output with hand-printed processes. Participants will be using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator programs (or the full Creative Suite) and should have workable knowledge of one of them, and access to a scanner/printer. The class will include a mix of the instructor’s group presentations and demonstrations with individual meetings.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category B or C
$324 (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 31 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.

Intro to Artists’ Books: Folded Structures

with Jody Williams
Thursdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9; 6–8pm

Participants will create books using a wide variety of materials for words and/or images. Starting with a simple 8-page book that folds out from a single sheet or paper, this workshop will continue with more complicated accordion and snake (or meander) books and adding pop-up features. In-class instructor demonstrations will be augmented with handouts, including templates and step-by-step instructions for making each structure. After making blank test samples, participants will learn how to convey a theme across the sequenced pages, using ideas for possible content suggested by the instructor. Samples of other book artists’ work will be provided along demonstrations of various ways to develop individual pages that will encourage participants to adapt these structures and continue working with them long after the workshop ends. The class will include a mix of the instructor’s group presentations and demonstrations with individual meetings.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A or B
$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 1 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.

Charting an Art Practice

with Regula Russelle
Mondays: June 22 and 29; 6–7:30pm

Art making offers marvelous ways to relate and connect even at times of physical distancing and uninvited isolation. Professionals and amateurs alike grapple with: How to establish a daily practice, how to respect limitations and make peace with uncertainty, how to create realistic goals and work toward them. This participatory workshop will provide ways to shape a life in the (book) arts by considering examples, conversation, writing, and “map making.” The class will include group and individual meetings.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category C or 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 18 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.

Making a Mini Memoir

with Regula Russelle
Mondays: July 27 and August 3; 6–7:30pm

Even when we must practice physical distancing, art making offers us powerful ways to relate and connect. Explore mini memoirs and how bits of your life can be shaped into a meaningful form. We will look at examples for inspiration, cover content development, simple zine or book structures, and tips on making multiples. The class will include group and individual meetings.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category C or 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 July 23 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.