Developing Books from Archival Sources

with Laura Brown
Friday, November 22, 6-9pm and Saturday, November 23; 10am-4pm

Beginning with a field trip to the Central Library’s Image File, this workshop will focus on using source material as a jumping off point for artist book development. After selecting images to work with, develop a single page master and reproduce it on the copier, then fold it into a single-sheet book. Participants will leave with an edition of 10 single-sheet books plus one from the other workshop participants, along with a folded box to store the collection.

Certificate: Category B or C

$162 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $30 supply fee

Letterpress I

with Sara Parr
Sat-Sun, November 23 & 24; 10am-6pm

Jump start your letterpress printing with this weekend intensive! This workshop is perfect for those who want to try letterpress but don’t have the time for the six-week workshop, or for rusty letterpress printers in need of a refresher. Learn the fundamentals of paper, ink and design. Then hand set type, carve a simple linoleum cut, and print a small edition of broadside prints on MCBA’s Vandercook presses.

Certificate: Category A; fulfills letterpress requirement

$288 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Vade Mecum: The Constant Companion

with Jana Pullman
Saturday, November 30; 10am-5pm

A vade mecum, or take-me-along, is a book meant to be carried by the owner. Originating in the middle ages, it has come to mean any manual or handbook of instruction that provides vital information to the person who carries it. In this workshop, we will each make a vade mecum in the style of a stab-bound girdle book with pages that unfold to show the full page size.This structure works well with images or large amounts of text and has many possibilities for artists working with the book form.

Certificate: Category D

$126 + $20 supply fee

Luminaria

with Bridget O’Malley
Wednesdays: December 4 & 11; 6-9pm

Create some light! As the days grow shorter, the warm glow of a festive luminaria can cut through the darkness that surrounds us. Make handmade paper luminarias with watermarks and paper cut designs. Perfect for decorating your home or giving as holiday gifts. Please bring boots or shoes that can get wet as well as sketches of inspiration for your designs.

Certificate: Category D

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Marbling Lab

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

Marbling experience required

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, ice cube trays (for paints), 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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Three-Section Book and Slipcase

with Sue Bjerke
Wednesday, December 4; 6-9pm

Make a three-section softcover book with sturdy text-weight pages and a slipcase to hold it. This is an exposed-spine binding so the sewing creates a decorative addition to the book. The slipcase is a variation of the soft-sided case and is readily adaptable to any size book. Both structures are suited for use as journals or in small letterpress editions and are a fine addition to your bookmaking repertoire.

Certificate: Category D

$60 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Dirty Works: Origami Star Book

with Laurel Jedamus
Friday, December 6; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Create a small book that unfolds into a 3-dimensional star. Start by making pages using a simple origami fold, then add covers to create a unique and decorative item that is both a book and an ornament.

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 and Kirsten Olson
Friday, December 6; 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

Dirty Works: Carve and Stamp Wrapping Paper

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

 

Learn the basics of relief printing by carving your own stamp and creating a repeat pattern on paper. This is perfect for creating festive handmade gift wrap (and many other uses)! Participants will leave with two 18×24 inch sheets of wrapping paper, ready for holiday gift-giving, and their own stamps for future printing and experimenting.

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

Intermediate Book Repair

with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, December 7 & 8; 10am-3pm
Intro to Binding (or equivalent) required

The cover of a book takes on a lot of wear and tear over time. This workshop will focus on repairs to cloth covers. Work with spine reinforcements, rebacking, and reattaching loose covers. Bring three (non-leather) books in need of repair to the workshop.

Certificate: Category B or C

$180 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 supply fee

Origami Tatos

with Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesday, December 11; 6-9pm

A tato is a flat envelope, box, or container. Tato folds are a Japanese tradition that began as a mere paper container or envelope used for holding small items such as buttons, coins, or thread. Tato folding has evolved into very decorative boxes, containers, envelopes, and purses. Learn to make a variety of tatos to hold small items, to use as a note or gift, or to enhance your art.

Certificate: Category D

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

Introduction to Marbling

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, December 14; 10am-4pm

Experience the magic of marbling! Learn the basic process of 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 use in bookbinding and other arts.

Certificate: Category A

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Screen Printed Gifts for the Holidays

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Sunday, December 15; 12-4pm

Spend an afternoon making gifts and cards! First, build confidence in your screen printing skills by printing holiday cards designed by instructors. Then, print your own unique design on a set of cards or three gift items (choose from t-shirts, tote bags, tea towels, and trivets). Learn the basics of screen printing using hand-drawn artwork, cut-paper stencils, and darkroom techniques. Instruction will cover design, screen exposure, ink, and printing on paper, fabric, and cork. Bring your sketches and ideas to the workshop!

$78 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $30 supply fee

Screen Printing on Fabric

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Wednesdays, January 8-February 5; 6-9pm

Print your own t-shirts, tote bags, and tea towels. Learn the basics of screen printing on fabric using hand-drawn artwork, cut paper stencils, and darkroom techniques. Instruction will cover design, screen exposure, ink, and multi-color printing for fabric. Bring your own sketches and ideas to class! Each participant will complete multiple projects over the course of the class and will have the opportunity to participate in a group exchange. Beginners welcome.

Certificate: 15 hours, Category C or D

$270 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 supply fee

Woodblock Printing for the Beginner

with Erin Maurelli
Thursday evenings, January 9-February 13; 6-9pm

Actually, not just woodblock! Use wood, linoleum, and rubber-like materials to learn the basics of relief printing. Develop skills in image transfers, carving, and registration, first with single layer images, and later to multi-layer imagery over the course of the class. Experience printing on the Vandercook press, on an etching press, and by hand. Come with ideas and sketches! Letterpress I or equivalent experience recommended.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category A or D

$324 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $90 supply fee