Screen Print Cards: Spread the Love!

with Kirsten Olson
Saturday, February 4; 1–4pm CT

Get familiar with MCBA’s screen printing studio and print your unique design on a set of cards! Learn the basics of screen printing using hand-drawn artwork, cut-paper stencils, and darkroom techniques. Instruction will cover design, screen exposure, ink, and printing on paper. Cards may celebrate love, winter, or anything else you think up! Bring your sketches and ideas to the workshop. Each participant will come away with ten cards approximately 4.25 x 5.5 inches in size. Continue reading “Screen Print Cards: Spread the Love!”

Art Practice Circle: February

with Laura Brown
Monday, February 6; 7–8:30pm CT

Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly community space to listen and share about artmaking. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage one another, to be an audience for one another’s work and creative process, and to move our work forward by talking about it out loud. This gathering will provide time for each person to share about their work—a particular work in progress, an idea that needs exploring, or a struggle with a specific work—as well as a conversation about what inspires us and strategies for tracking progress. Recommended for those who practice some form of book arts (book/paper/print) or related process (such as calligraphy, papercutting, marbling, etc.).

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Cutting Equipment Orientation: February 7

Tuesday, February 7; 6:30-7:30pm CT

If you aren’t already trained to use our cutting equipment, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s bindery cutting equipment, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently. This orientation was previously titled Cutting Equipment Training. Studio Labs are not eligible for Certificate credit.

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Design Your Own Stab Binding

with Yuka Petz
Tuesdays: February 7 & 14; 7–9pm CT

Personalize and design your own stab bindings! After looking at examples to gain a deeper understanding of what makes a successful stab-bound design and what possibilities await, sketch ideas in the workshop, develop sewing templates, and dive into our unique sewn structures. During the second session, we will complete our sewing and share with each other the variety of our designs. This virtual workshop is appropriate for high-level beginner and intermediate binders. Participants must be comfortable sewing a basic four-hole stab binding. Continue reading “Design Your Own Stab Binding”

Explore Dimension in Pop-Ups: Love-Themed Animal Cards!

with Shawn Sheehy
Wednesday, February 8; 6–9pm CT

Do you look at pop-up books and wonder how they are engineered? Do you make greeting cards and harbor the desire to make your cards more spectacular? Do you make artist’s books and yearn to introduce dimension and animation? Even if you are simply compelled to read this description, you might be POP-UP CURIOUS. This virtual workshop—with a focus on dimension—will explore the fundamentals of paper engineering that address pop-ups. Build a series of simple models—with playful love-themed animal cards—using the tools, techniques, and materials of the trade. Examine trade pop-up books that show how the structures have been used. When finished, bind your models into a simple case. This quick beginner workshop is an entertaining gateway into more advanced study. Continue reading “Explore Dimension in Pop-Ups: Love-Themed Animal Cards!”

Re-Introduction to Letter-Writing

with Hope Amico
Wednesday, February 8; 7–9pm CT

Invigorate your interest in letter-writing! Using repurposed materials, learn to make a simple piece of stationery that can be folded and mailed without an envelope in this virtual workshop. A template will be provided that you can choose to strictly follow or use as a reference. We will discuss how to fold a letter writing habit into your schedule, creative ideas for pen pals and prompts to get you writing! The goal is to create stationery that will inspire while offering ourselves a chance to slow down in our communications. Continue reading “Re-Introduction to Letter-Writing”

Bookbinding 1: Sewn and Folded Books

with Frank Hurley
Thursdays: February 9, 16, 23; 6–9pm CT

In this in-person workshop, learn foundational skills in bookbinding while making three book structures: pamphlet, stab binding, and hardcover four-signature book. An introduction to basic tools and materials will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make these bindings again in different sizes and with other options for materials. Learn how to find the grain direction in a variety of papers, how to fold and score paper, methods of measuring paper, and how to cut a stack of paper with MCBA’s guillotine paper cutters. Come away with a strong foundation in bookbinding and the skills needed to make your own notebooks and journals at MCBA’s Bookbinding Labs. Continue reading “Bookbinding 1: Sewn and Folded Books”

Contain, Wrap, Enclose: Holding It All Together

with Bridget O’Malley
Saturday, February 11; 10am–4pm CT

This in-person workshop will explore the many options for making paper wrappers and paper boxes suitable for protecting books and other small items. Focus on classic structures developed by Hedi Kyle including the star box, collapsing blizzard box, self-closing wrapper, and paper slipcases. The day will end with a hardcover portfolio designed to hold small sketches or other loose pages. Build comfort working with various papers, folding, and discerning paper grain. Enjoy the process of folding these origami-like structures that are satisfying to make and mostly non-adhesive. Some experience working with paper (folding and finding paper grain) is helpful, but not required. Continue reading “Contain, Wrap, Enclose: Holding It All Together”

Introduction to Marbling: February

with Michelle Blodgett
Saturday, February 11; 10am–4pm CT

Experience the magic of marbling firsthand with this single-day, in-person workshop! Learn the basic process of paper marbling with acrylics, including recipes for the various components of the process. Make four basic patterns (stones, moire/waved, git-gel, and nonpareil), explore seasonal color palettes, and take home your own marbled papers ready to be used in bookbinding and other arts. Participants will leave the workshop with the confidence to work independently at MCBA’s Marbling Labs. Continue reading “Introduction to Marbling: February”

Letterpress 1: Printing Basics (February)

with Erin Maurelli
Saturday, February 11; 10am–4pm CT

This in-person letterpress workshop offers an introduction to MCBA’s print studio—including key equipment, tools, and terminology—in addition to an opportunity to experience the satisfaction of printing a message through the hands-on process of letterpress printing. Get to know MCBA’s wood type collection and learn beginning typesetting with wood type. Learn the basics of working with a flatbed cylinder press, including operation, safety, and care while building skills using the equipment with support from a teaching artist. In pairs, design and print your own small edition of posters on a Vandercook press. Continue reading “Letterpress 1: Printing Basics (February)”

Bookbinding 2: Hardcover Book

with Anna Haglin
Sundays: February 12 & 19; 10am–4pm CT

In this in-person workshop, learn how to make a hardcover book. An introduction to basic tools and materials will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make this binding again in different sizes and with a variety of materials. Learn how to find the grain direction of book board and how to cut book board and text blocks on MCBA’s guillotine and board shears. Then, learn methods for creating a hardcover case from book board and tips and tricks for attaching the hardcover to pages.  Continue reading “Bookbinding 2: Hardcover Book”

Illustration: Characters, Spaces & Style

with Camilo Aguirre
Saturdays: February 11, 18, 25; 1–3pm CT

In this virtual workshop, learn the basics of illustration and drawing for prints, artist’s books, and comics! Each session will feature a topic—characters, spaces, and styles—and will begin with a short presentation followed by exercises designed to help participants build their illustration and drawing skills. Sessions two and three will begin with friendly group conversation about work in-progress. As this is a virtual workshop, demonstrations will be taught digitally but participants are welcome to draw in any format they choose, from digital drawing on a tablet to pen/pencil on paper. This virtual workshop is designed for those who would like instruction and guided practice in illustration and drawing. Intermediate-level illustrators are welcome as well. Continue reading “Illustration: Characters, Spaces & Style”

Storytelling with Digital Collage

with grace (ge) gilbert
Tuesdays: February 14, 21, 28; 5–6:30pm CT

Inspired by the hybrid visual and poetic works of Anne Carson, Saidiya Hartman, and Diana Khoi Nguyen, among other makers, this virtual workshop offers participants a method of working digitally with collage materials to tell stories. Work with a series of personal artifacts (familial, cultural, and/or historical photographs or documents) in a digital format and develop a text/image concept through a series of writing and collage exercises. Practice close “readings” of images to create unique multimedia collages. With generative prompts and tutorials on how to use word processing software to collage, participants will come away with both technical skills and the beginnings of a project idea. Continue reading “Storytelling with Digital Collage”