Forage Against the Machine

with Anna Haglin
Sundays: September 29 & October 6; 10am-4pm

 

This workshop is a hybrid urban foraging and herbarium-making workshop in which participants learn both wild food efficacy and a basic bookbinding structure. On the first day, take a field trip to the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park (a four-block walk from MCBA) to identify and ethically harvest at least six wild plants. Then, head back to MCBA’s studios to learn how to press plants and two bindings–a side-stab binding and a screw post album. Learn how to plan and incorporate the inclusion of pressed plants into your new bindings..

Certificate: Category D

$216 + $30 supply fee

Less Junk, More Flowers: Origami Flowers from Recycled Materials

with Karine Rupp-Stanko
Sunday, September 29; 1-3pm

Turn your junk mail into beautiful origami flowers! Learn how to fold origami flowers using a modular technique. Build your skills practicing this fold while sharing in conversation about ways to reduce our impact on the environment such as how to receive less unwanted solicitation mailings.

Certificate: Category D

$40 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $5 supply fee

MASTER CLASS: Classic Watercolor Marbling – WAITLIST AVAILABLE

with Regina and Dan St. John, Chena River Marblers
Tue-Fri, October 1-4; 9am-4pm
Marbling experience helpful but not required

Recreate authentic marbling patterns of the 1800s using historic techniques, lost over time, and rediscovered through research. Make paints from pigments, self-made binders, and beeswax glazing past which can be burnished to a polished, durable finish. Learn to manage paint additives to create and intermingle beautiful Shell, Stormont, Glouster, Italian Vein, and Tiger Eye patterns. Marvel as nineteenth century techniques meet twentieth century materials for endless possibilities!

Regina and Dan St. John are Chena River Marblers. They specialize in book edge-marbling, miniature marbling, custom marbled papers, and teaching marbling workshops around the country. Deeply influenced by historic marbling traditions all over the world, Chena River Marblers’ work encompasses much of the past while incorporating a twenty-first century twist to pattern, color, and technique.

Discounts are not available for visiting artist master classes. Register early as availability is limited and classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment six weeks in advance.

Certificate: 28 hours, Category C

$595 + $100 supply fee

Waitlist:

Intermediate Movables & Pop-Ups in Artists’ Books

with Olli Johnson
Wednesdays: October 2, 9, 16, 23; 6-9pm
Movables & Pop-Ups in Artists’ Books helpful but not required

Learn advanced techniques to add movement and dimension to your work. Explore paper engineering theory with an emphasis on understanding the “why?” and “how?” behind more complex mechanisms and structures. Participants establish a base of understanding through the use of templates and gain confidence in the concepts through engineering their own unique designs. There will be time and guidance provided to develop an independent project.

Certificate: Category B or C

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Dirty Works: Gelli Plate Printing

with Erin Maurelli
Friday, October 4; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

 

Gelli Plate printing is a playful approach to printmaking. This direct printing technique uses a gelatin substrate for printing by hand; no presses! Create beautifully textured images using acrylic paint and stencils. So much fun, it’s addictive.

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: Marbling

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Friday, October 4; 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

MASTER CLASS: Acrylic Marbling – WAITLIST AVAILABLE

with Regina and Dan St. John, Chena River Marblers
Sun-Mon, October 6 & 7; 9am-4pm
Marbling experience helpful but not required

This step by step acrylic paper marbling workshop is ideal for a beginner, but includes many innovations to challenge an experienced marbler. Work on full-size professional marbling tanks and learn how to use sets of precision marbling tools as they are introduced to a wide range of traditional and contemporary marbling patterns and techniques. Participants will leave with their own edge-marbled, leather journal, and many marbled papers in a spectacular array of patterns and colors.

Regina and Dan St. John are Chena River Marblers. They specialize in book edge-marbling, miniature marbling, custom marbled papers, and teaching marbling workshops around the country. Deeply influenced by historic marbling traditions all over the world, Chena River Marblers’ work encompasses much of the past while incorporating a twenty-first century twist to pattern, color, and technique.

Discounts are not available for visiting artist master classes. Register early as availability is limited and classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment six weeks in advance.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category C

$350 + $50 supply fee

Waitlist:

Dirty Works: Color and Collage

with Laura Brown
Friday, October 4; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Collage is a meditative and intuitive way to create an image. Learn basic color theory and composition, then experiment with cutting shapes and arranging them to create images and patterns.

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

Zine Making in a Nutshell

with Regula Russelle
Mondays: October 7, 14, 21; 6-8pm

Short for magazine, zines are a fun and inexpensive way to share ideas with friends or with the wider public. Get inspired looking at many examples, and then work on one or two zines of your own. The workshop will cover content development, useful zine structures, simple illustration techniques, and tips on making multiples.

Certificate: Category B or C

$108 + $15 supply fee

Monoprinting: Visual Short Stories

with Jessie Merriam
Mondays: October 7, 14, 21, 28; 6-9pm

Monoprints combine a printing matrix (such as type or linoleum blocks) with unique ink transfers which provides a great introduction to ink, color mixing, paper types, and registration techniques. Instruction will cover a variety of printing demonstrations including drypoint etching and printing on wood type and linoleum. Experiment by combining these playful printmaking processes and create a short series of prints that convey a simple narrative or abstract sequence.

Certificate: Category B or D

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $45 supply fee

MASTER CLASS: Enhanced Paper Decoration

with Regina and Dan St. John, Chena River Marblers
Thu-Sun, October 10-13; 9am-4pm
Marbling experience helpful but not required

Explore several types of paper decorating techniques including under-painting, stamping, and paste patterning. Learn how to combine these varied decorative methods to the greatest effect as they create truly unique papers. In the early 1980s, renewed interest in paste papers emerged as part of a renaissance in arts of decorative paper patterning. Paste and other decorative papers are most commonly used for traditional crafts such as bookbinding as well as in calligraphy, printmaking, scrap-booking, collage, rubber stamping, and origami. Participants are invited to bring previously marbled papers to add a paste paper layer which creates outstanding results.

Please note: Enhanced Paper Decoration takes place over four days (October 10-13) as listed above. The printed newsletter lists incomplete dates.

Regina and Dan St. John are Chena River Marblers. They specialize in book edge-marbling, miniature marbling, custom marbled papers, and teaching marbling workshops around the country. Deeply influenced by historic marbling traditions all over the world, Chena River Marblers’ work encompasses much of the past while incorporating a twenty-first century twist to pattern, color, and technique.

Discounts are not available for visiting artist master classes. Register early as availability is limited and classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment six weeks in advance.

Certificate: 28 hours, Category C

$595 + $100 supply fee

Introduction to Collage

with Monica Howell
Saturday, October 12; 10am-4pm

 

Learn techniques and tips for cutting paper to use in collages, paper “paintings,” and artist’s books. Work with a variety of types of papers, practice layering and mixing colors and textures, recreate and remix favorite works of art with paper, and bring a spirit of play and experimentation to your creative process. Activities include examining and discussing the work of other collage artists, reviewing and discussing potential materials, using participant- and instructor-provided artwork as inspiration for creating remixed versions of the original artwork, practicing paper cutting and gluing techniques, and creating original works of cut paper and collage. Mixed media techniques in collages, such as printing and painting, will also be discussed, though not practiced in the workshop.

Certificate: Category D

$108 + $25 supply fee

Origami Drawers

with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, October 17; 6-9pm

Learn to fold a unique style of origami drawers and a case to hold them. With small changes the case can go from accommodating one drawer to up to five! The drawers can be used vertically or horizontally. Use the drawers for small gifts, candies, or other treasures.

Certificate: Category D

$60 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $12 supply fee

Shine Bright Like a Zine

with Anna Haglin
Saturday, October 19; 10am-4pm

 

This workshop turns up the volume on an unapologetically loud publication format–zines. In two sessions, participants will learn how to generate content, execute a layout, print in toner, apply hot-stamped foil, and fold their one-page zines. Participants will walk away with their own limited edition to distribute in as many venues as possible—letting each idea shine in a new community.

Certificate: Category B or C

$108 + $30 supply fee

Low-Tech Screen: Fast and Flexible Printmaking

with Sarah Evenson
Saturday, October 19; 10am-4pm and Sunday, October 20; 1-4pm

The lowest of the low tech, this weekend workshop will introduce you to cut paper stencil screen printing and the simple registration of prints. Using wax-paper stencils allows decisions to be made in the moment rather than with extensive planning. It’s also an inexpensive process that is chemical-free. Instruction will cover screen printing vocabulary and orientation to the process, cutting stencils from various papers, basic registration, mixing inks, combining handwork with screen printing to create variable editions, and how to curate an editioned set of ten prints.

Certificate: Category B or D

$162 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $45 supply fee