Bookmaking for Preschoolers: Picnic Books!

with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, August 12; 10am–12pm CT

Fill up on The Beastly Feast by Bruce Goldstone and a basket of other picnic books! First, make a book with a paper plate and plastic flatware, called a “stick book.” Then, make a book designed to look like a basket, featuring a simple sewing technique called the “whip stitch,” and fill the basket-book with fruits and veggies. Learn how to make a book from a folded piece of paper, called an “M-fold,” designed to look like a hamburger or hot dog with unexpected picnic guests (hint: think creepy crawlies!). For dessert, make a pie book featuring a “donut fold” that gets housed in a take-home container. 

In this in-person workshop, preschoolers learn the parts of a book, work with tools like bone folders and glue sticks, and build fine motor skills by folding basic preschool book structures. They also grow their interest in books and visual arts and feel pride as they engage in artmaking in a book arts studio regularly accessed by working artists. Ellen designed this workshop to meet preschoolers where they are both developmentally and in their interests.

One registration includes one adult and one child. This workshop is ideal for children ages 2–6. Caregiver tip: Sign up with your preschooler’s friend and caregiver!

All skill levels welcome

$45/child and their adult caregiver (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 materials fee
$23 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship child and their adult caregiver* (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 materials fee
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the Adult/Child pair rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.
*If either person in the pair (child or caregiver) is eligible for a scholarship, choose the scholarship option at registration.

Masks are strongly recommended for program participants working close to others in MCBA’s studios. See our Covid Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 8/7 at midnight (CT).