Marbling Lab

$45 (10% discount for MCBA members) +$15 supply fee
Marbling experience required
Multiple Saturday offerings; 10am-4pm

Open Studio: Marbling is now called Marbling Lab

Marbling lab provides access to marbling tools and equipment in MCBA’s wet studio for practitioners to build their skills outside of classes. Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers use of 16×20 inch tanks of carrageenan, rakes, alum, brushes, cups and eye droppers; supply your own Golden Fluid Acrylic paint and paper. Please note: Carrageenan is used for western-style marbling only. If you plan to practice suminagashi, please call the Shop to let a staff member know so carrageenan is not prepared for you unnecessarily.

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Introduction to Concertina – CLOSED

with Sue Bjerke
Thursday, May 16; 6-9pm

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: hard cover triangle, hard cover 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

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Cartonnage: Magic Box

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, May 18; 9am-5pm

Amaze your friends with a magic box! Sometimes called a Jacob’s Ladder box, this magic box has a low profile design with three sections and opens from two sides, making it appear to have secret compartments. Students will learn the essential elements of making unique containers from book board along with basics of design and construction, the ins and outs of measuring, cutting and applying decorative paper, and easy ways to create variations of the design.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Carousel Books

with Erin Maurelli
Saturday, June 1; 10am-5pm

Binding experience helpful but not required

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.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category C or D

$110 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Intensive: Shaping and Making a Mini Memoir

with Regula Russelle
Mon-Fri, June 3-7, 9am-12pm

Books are marvelous containers for memories. They make wonderful gifts for family and friends. In this weeklong workshop, explore ideas for mini memoirs — how a bit of life can be shaped into a meaningful form. Look through handmade examples for inspiration and then work on one or two small books that are either complete or will serve as sturdy drafts for future work. The class will cover content development, useful book structures, and simple illustrations. Techniques taught are with inexpensive tools and materials that you can use to make small books on a kitchen table or a desk.

Certificate: 15 hours, Category C or D

$240 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Letterpress I Intensive

with Bill Myers
Mon-Fri, June 3-7; 10am-3pm

This introductory intensive offers a thorough introduction to typesetting and presswork. Students will start with printing a collaborative project, then design and print an edition of broadsides with text and a simple image of their choosing. Through the course of their projects, participants will learn the basics of Vandercook press operation, studio tools and procedures, typography, and a variety of printmaking techniques, focusing on creation of a beautiful edition of broadsides.

Certificate: 25 hours, Category A, fulfills Core letterpress requirement

$380 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Paper Marbling Intensive

with Sue Bjerke, Heather RJ Fletcher, and Sally Power
Mon-Fri, June 3-7; 10am-4pm

This week-long paper marbling workshop using acrylic paints is designed for both beginning and more experienced marblers. Through instruction and demonstrations, you will learn or review the basic recipes for carrageenan, etc. and the classic patterns. Expand your marbling horizons by marbling on wooden items and a variety of formed paper masks. We will also include side-bar discussions on such things as tool and paint making, and marbling fabrics for those interested. This workshop offers time to build your technique and trouble-shoot with seasoned practitioners as well as develop your color palette and cultivate your marbling style.

Certificate: 30 hours, Category A or B

$425 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $120 supply fee

Introduction to Binding – FULL

with Jana Pullman
Wednesdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26; 6-9pm

Learn several binding styles and basic skills, plus important fundamentals of materials, equipment and techniques. Make an accordion with a pamphlet stitch, a long stitch binding, and a multi-signature case binding. Simple tools and methods will be used and discussed so each student can continue working at home.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A; fulfills bookbinding requirement

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Dirty Works: Origami Super Crane

with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, June 7; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

An embellished version of the traditional origami crane, the super crane was created just two years ago by two origami masters: Tomoko Fuse and Akiko Yamanashi. There are two variations of the super crane, a static version and a sliding wings version. Either version may have an infinite number of wings making this an extremely decorative and fun-to-fold model.

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

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling

with Cindy Gipple
Friday, June 7; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Explore paper marbling – try your hand at “throwing” color and building patterns that you can use to decorate cards, journals or other papercrafts.

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

Dirty Works: Screen Printing

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Friday, June 7; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn the basics of screen printing with photo emulsion! Hand-pull a two-color print on a tote bag and paper.

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

Polymer Platemaking for Letterpress

with Erin Maurelli
Sat-Sun, June 8 & 9; 9am-3pm
Letterpress I or equivalent required

Turn digital files, line drawings and more into polymer! Learn the use and operation of MCBA’s polymer platemaker, analog and digital negatives creation, options for digital file preparations, and use of plates on the Vandercook press.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Your Creative DNA: Artists’ Books and Process

with Brad Thomas
Sat-Sun, June 8 & 9; 10am-4pm

Draw upon your personal history to inform and propel new creations. Spontaneity, improvisation, and experimentation are central to the process. Together, as a class, explore strategies to get over the (sometimes) daunting hurdle of getting started. Utilizing basic bookbinding techniques, construct a personalized book and learn a variety of approaches to fill it with personal narratives and the unexpected. While the books will certainly be stand-alone works of art, we will draw upon the content to develop additional pieces during the class. Painting, drawing, collage, acrylic gel medium transfers, and basic book construction will all be integrated into the book projects.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category D

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 supply fee

Intensive: Color, Composition, and the Book

with Laura Brown
Mon-Fri, June 10-14, 10am-3pm

Developing a visual language is essential for any artist. This week-long workshop will provide participants with a framework for creating images and book layouts through exercises that emphasize experimentation and play. Considering the form of the book in relationship to its content, participants will create a series of different book forms as homes for experiments in drawing, watercolor, collage, and rubber stamp carving and printing. Special attention will be paid to color relationships and their effect on composition and communication in books.

Certificate: 20 hours, Category A (fulfills core design requirement) or C

$315 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Letterpress II Intensive

with CB Sherlock
Mon-Fri, June 10-14; 10am-3pm
Letterpress I (or equivalent) required

Become proficient on the Vandercook press while creating one collaborative class project and one self-directed project. Acquire technical skills with edition printing, mixing custom ink colors, roller height adjustment, and tympan change. Explore the making of books — sequence and narrative, page layout, image and text interplay, typography, and other considerations that go into producing a small book.

Certificate: 25 hours, Category B

$380 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee