Binding & Boxmaking Classes

MCBA offers classes for adults on a wide variety of topics and at all skill levels, from total beginner to seasoned expert. Supply fees cover workshop materials and expendable studio supplies such as solvents, rags, waste disposal, safety supplies and small tools. Sales tax is included in the total.

Adult classes are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Core Certificate or Advanced Certificate in Book Arts; more information is available on the Certificate Programs page.

Register ONLINE using the buttons below, IN PERSON at The Shop at MCBA, or BY PHONE at 612-215-2520.

Please make every effort to register at least one week in advance of any class. Decisions about whether to cancel a class or add a section are typically made one week prior to the start of the class. If online registration for a class is not available, you may call The Shop at 612-215-2520 to inquire about availability or put your name on a waiting list in case of any cancellations. Our complete registration and cancellation policies are available here.
 
 
**This page contains a list of all adult binding and boxmaking classes. Alternatively, visit the following pages for other adult classes:

All Adult Classes
Origami, Calligraphy, & Design Classes
Papermaking & Paper Decoration Classes
Printing Classes

Binding & Boxmaking Classes

Introduction to Concertina

Introduction to Concertina
with Sue Bjerke
Thursday, May 24; 6-9pm
All skill levels welcome

The concertina or accordion is the simplest of book forms, but has numerous variations and applications. This class will focus on several concertina book structures: hardcover triangle, hardcover non-adhesive, wrap-around cover with closure, and the single-sheet surprise format. Other variations of versatile concertina possibilities will be discussed as time allows.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category A or D

$55 ($50 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 5/3/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: May 24, 2018

Cartonnage: Clock

Cartonnage: Clock
with Sue Bjerke
Sunday, June 17; 9am-5pm

It’s time to do something new in cartonnage: a clock. The project will use your cartonnage skills and for newcomers, all the box-making basics will be covered. As we make the clock housing we will include discussion of how use a plinth, make curved sides, and to make variations on design and size. Students will learn that one basic structure can be developed into a variety of sizes. Each structure is unique and makes a great gift! Modern cartonnage grows out of the long standing French tradition of covering small utility containers with various decorative materials and offers a great use for your marbled papers. In this class, we will review the essential elements of making unique containers from book board, then covering those structures with decorative papers. Students will learn the basics of design and construction using various boards, as well as the ins and outs of measuring, cutting, and applying decorative papers. All structural components will be hand cut in class, the supply fee covers the clock works.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category B or D

$130 ($115 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $100, valid through 5/27/18

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Price: $130.00

Date: June 17, 2018

Carousel Books

Carousel Books
with Erin Maurelli
Thursdays, June 21 & 28; 6-9pm

Create a free-standing structure with this variation on the accordion book. This book can function as a readable book or as a small sculpture. Skills include folding, paper cutting, and story-boarding. Prepared materials provided. Prerequisites: Intro to book binding or intro to book arts.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category C or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 5/31/18

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Price: $85.00

Date: June 21, 2018

Dirty Works: Pop-ups

Dirty Works: Pop-ups
with Olli Johnson
Friday, July 6; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Pop-ups take full advantage of the expressive potential of a book's imagery as they allow for moving, three-dimensional form within the book format. Combine dimension, movement, and interactive elements in your book works while learning fundamental folding and assembling technique. No prior paper engineering experience necessary, all experience levels welcome!

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: July 6, 2018

Hand Tooling on Books with Foils

Hand Tooling on Books with Foils
with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, July 21-22; 10am-5pm

Foils should not be limited to just stamping machines and in this workshop we will cover to both traditional and alternative decorative techniques using hand tools. We will use the different type of foils, real 23kt gold, metallic and pigmented colors, on leather, cloth and paper to show the advantages foil can have over the traditional gold leaf tooling. This class will helpful to learn to use the tools, jigs and patterns used in decorative tooling, Participants can bring a binding that is covered in leather or cloth to work on.
Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee;
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 6/30/16

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Price: $155.00

Date: July 21, 2018

Dirty Works: Tunnel Book

Dirty Works: Tunnel Book
with Jill Weese
Friday, August 3; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Using simple folded and cut paper with glue, create a 3-dimensional scene in this popular sculptural book. Watch the book transform with the addition of sections, creating depth and detail.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: August 3, 2018

Intermediate Binding: Bradel Binding

Intermediate Binding: Bradel Binding
with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, August 4 & 5; 10am-5pm

Invented in the 19th century by French binder Alexis Bradel, this binding was meant to be a temporary binding. Refined by others, it developed into a permanent binding sturdier than a case binding, It works well with small or large multi-signature books. In this workshop we will make a small paper covered book and a larger book with the signatures rounded and backed covered with a three piece cloth case.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category D

$195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 7/14/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: August 4, 2018

Envelope-Style Portfolio

Envelope-Style Portfolio
with Sue Bjerke
Monday, August 6; 6-9pm

This portfolio makes a good container either to securely transport or store your loose papers, records, etc. Make a 9”x12” to handle standard size papers in class, and leave with the skills to adjust the size for a variety of needs. Crafted with an envelope closure, and made using heavy cover stock and book cloth, the portfolio will be embellished with marbled paper. It makes a great gift!
Certificate: 3 hours, Category B or D

$55 ($50 members) + $20 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 6, 2018

Dirty Works: Pop-ups

Dirty Works: Pop-ups
with Olli Johnson
Friday, September 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Pop-ups take full advantage of the expressive potential of a book's imagery as they allow for moving, three-dimensional form within the book format. Combine dimension, movement, and interactive elements in your book works while learning fundamental folding and assembling technique. No prior paper engineering experience necessary, all experience levels welcome!

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: September 7, 2018

Dirty Works: Tiny Toothpick Journal

Dirty Works: Tiny Toothpick Journal
with Georgia A. Greeley
Friday, September 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn to use a piano hinge and simple toothpicks to make an unusual and dramatic-looking small book. Using interlocked folds and special cuts, this book holds together with no or minimal glue.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: September 7, 2018

Dirty Works: Simple Sewn and Folded Books

Dirty Works: Simple Sewn and Folded Books
with Anna Shepard
Friday, October 5; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn basic materials, tools, and skills involved in the bookbinding process while exploring simple folded and sewn bindings. Experiment with a variety of materials to create soft-cover blank books.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: October 5, 2018

Dirty Works: Accordion Sampler

Dirty Works: Accordion Sampler
with Jill Weese
Friday, November 2; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Experiment with a variety of techniques in one beautiful hard cover accordion book. First participants will fold an accordion book, sewn in pages using a western pamphlet stitch, create a hidden page and pop-ups.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: November 2, 2018