Letterpress 1: Printing Basics (Tuesday)

with Bethany Rahn
Tuesday, June 18; 10am–4pm CT

Letterpress 1: Printing Basics 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, choose a text (three to five words) and print your own small edition of posters on a Vandercook press. Continue reading “Letterpress 1: Printing Basics (Tuesday)”

Letterpress 2: Setting Type (Wednesday)

with Bethany Rahn
Wednesday, June 19; 10am–4pm CT

Letterpress 2: Setting Type focuses on setting metal type and building familiarity with printing on the Vandercook press. Learn how to navigate MCBA’s type collection, how type is stored and organized, and how to arrange it in a composing stick for setting a text. Training will be provided on line justification, kerning (space between letters and words), and methods for holding type together (or “locking up” a form) for printing. Procedures for maintaining a community type collection and print studio will also be covered. Continue reading “Letterpress 2: Setting Type (Wednesday)”

Letterpress 3: Two-Color Prints (Thursday)

with Bethany Rahn
Thursday, June 20; 10am–4pm CT

Letterpress 3: Two-Color Prints focuses on printing multiple layers and building printers’ confidence using Vandercook presses through practice. Printing more than one layer involves printing the same piece of paper multiple times with unique forms (raised type or image) and ink colors for each layer. Careful registration to make each layer align as designed requires planning and troubleshooting. Learn how to choose colors and mix ink as well as techniques for adjusting color on the press to create unique effects. Participants will also be introduced to MCBA’s larger Vandercooks, the 219 and Uni 3, which have the capacity to print larger forms and can be more comfortable for taller printers. Continue reading “Letterpress 3: Two-Color Prints (Thursday)”

Letterpress 4: Editioning (Friday)

with Bethany Rahn
Friday, June 21; 10am–4pm CT

Letterpress 4: Editioning focuses on planning and printing an edition (or a group of identical prints). Printing an edition starts with making design decisions: choosing ink color, paper, edition size, typefaces, etc. Then, artists need to prepare for printing by cutting paper, preparing images, setting and proofing type, etc. This workshop will offer beginning printers strategies for creating an edition, including how to plan a project and how to make an edition of consistent prints. The teaching artist will share an example of an editioned project she created from start to finish. Then, in pairs, plan and print a small book (using an exercise to create content). Continue reading “Letterpress 4: Editioning (Friday)”

Gelatin Plate Printing for Collage

with Hope Amico
Wednesdays: July 10 & 17; 7–9pm CT

Gelatin plates are a versatile tool to experiment with monoprinting, a painterly printmaking process that creates subtle layers and textures. In this virtual workshop, learn a variety of monoprinting techniques to create unique textures and layers in your prints. Use drawing, mark-making, and printing techniques to create several experimental prints to be used as backgrounds, cut into shapes and elements for collage, and to add transparent layers. On the second night, we will look through what we created and discuss how to reproduce our favorite prints. Then, we will use our papers in collage and discuss other material options. Continue reading “Gelatin Plate Printing for Collage”

Illustration: Characters, Spaces & Style

with Camilo Aguirre
Saturdays: July 13, 20, 27; 9:30–11:30am 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 style—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 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”

Introduction to Marbling: July

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, July 13; 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: July”

Laser-Cut Letterpress: Type & Ornaments

with Louise Fisher
Saturday, July 13; 10am–4pm CT

Discover the powerful possibilities of combining laser cutting and letterpress printing! During this in-person workshop, learn how to design and fabricate laser-cut wood blocks for letterpress printing. In the first half of the workshop, the instructor will give tutorials in Adobe Illustrator for designing letterforms and images that can be cut or engraved, in addition to file set-up for the laser-cutting machine. The instructor will also demonstrate how to assemble the laser-cut wood to be type-high. In the second half of the workshop, participants will get hands-on experience printing premade laser-cut wood type and ornaments on the Vandercook press. While MCBA does not have a laser cutter on site, instruction will be provided on where and how to access one in the Twin Cities area for future projects. Continue reading “Laser-Cut Letterpress: Type & Ornaments”

Illustrated Sculptural Bookworks

with Lucy Roscoe
Saturday, July 13; 1–4pm CT

The joy of book arts is that with a few simple skills you can do extraordinary things. In this in-person workshop, we will use traditional bookbinding, paper-cutting, and folding techniques to explore how books can be used sculpturally to tell stories. These unusual storytelling artifacts are as much a ‘sculptural illustration’ as an ‘illustrated artist’s book.’ Continue reading “Illustrated Sculptural Bookworks”

Cutting Equipment Orientation: July 16

Tuesday, July 16; 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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Intermediate Hand Bookbinding (Mornings)

with India Johnson
Wednesdays: July 17, 24, 31, August 7; 9am–12pm CT

In this in-person workshop, build on foundational bookbinding skills to make a hardcover book (also known as a case binding) with a rounded spine. This style of binding features decorative paper with a cloth spine and corners, known as a half binding. We will practice sewing and rounding two books, with the goal of finishing at least one book by the end of class.  Continue reading “Intermediate Hand Bookbinding (Mornings)”

L’esprit d’escalier Accordion Book

with Sarah Nguyen
Wednesday, July 17; 4:30–6:30pm CT

L’esprit d’escalier or ‘staircase wit’ is a French term used in English for the predicament of thinking of the perfect reply too late. In this virtual workshop, create a hardcover pop-up accordion book that is pocket-sized, ideal for writing down those perfect comebacks. Learn how to fold an accordion book, practice folding and scoring techniques, and explore paper grain. Gain experience wrapping hardcover boards with decorative paper, attaching them to a book, and a method to dry your book flat. Continue reading “L’esprit d’escalier Accordion Book”

Intermediate Hand Bookbinding (Evening)

with India Johnson
Thursdays: July 18, 25, August 1, 8; 6–9pm CT

In this in-person workshop, build on foundational bookbinding skills to make a hardcover book (also known as a case binding) with a rounded spine. This style of binding features decorative paper with a cloth spine and corners, known as a half binding. We will practice sewing and rounding two books, with the goal of finishing at least one book by the end of class.  Continue reading “Intermediate Hand Bookbinding (Evening)”

European Papermaking: July

with Bridget O’Malley
Saturday, July 20; 10am–4pm and Sunday, July 21; 1–4pm CT

Learn the tools, terminology, and procedures of European-style papermaking in this in-person studio workshop. Participants will be guided through fiber preparation, the process of using moulds and deckles to form sheets, and techniques for pressing and drying. Our focus will be on consistent sheet formation and safe, effective beater use, empowering participants with a solid grounding in materials and techniques for future independent papermaking in MCBA’s Papermaking Labs Continue reading “European Papermaking: July”

Introduction to Screen Printing: July

with Ben Etten
Saturday, July 20; 10am–4pm and Sunday, July 21; 10am–1pm CT

Get familiar with MCBA’s screen printing studio and practice the photo emulsion process, from positive creation and screen coating to exposure and reclaiming. Each participant will complete an edition of multi-layered screen prints and come away from the workshop with the confidence to work independently at MCBA’s Screen Print Labs. Continue reading “Introduction to Screen Printing: July”