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

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

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

Planning Your Independent Book Project

with Monica Edwards Larson
Sat-Sun, June 29 & 30; 1-4pm

Part lecture and part discussion, this class will cover the how-tos of planning and implementing a book project from start to finish. Instruction will cover ideas for managing the scope of your project, building a realistic timeline, and additional resources to consider (supplemental education, studio access, online resources, and service bureaus). This class will feature many, many examples for inspiration, a combination of demos, and constructive feedback. Bring project ideas, past projects, mock-ups, and questions.

Certificate: 6 hours; Category B or C

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $5 supply fee

Introduction to Design: Drawing for the Terrified

with Sheila Asato
Thursdays: July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8; 6-9pm

This class is for anyone who has ever wanted to draw but has been afraid to start! Through a series of fun exercises, you will explore the fundamentals of drawing while learning to see the world in a whole new way. It’s never too late to begin!

Certificate: 15 hours, Category A; fulfills the Core design requirement

$240 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Movables and Pop-Ups in Artists’ Books

with Olli Johnson
Sat-Sun, August 3 & 4; 10am-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Learn how to add movement and dimension to your work. Explore a variety of techniques while learning fundamental paper engineering principles. Starting with basic pop-up structures, learn how to use free-hand shapes and templates to make more complicated designs that animate with the turn of a page or pull of a tab. No experience necessary.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Spirited Journaling

with Sheila Asato
Wednesdays: August 7, 14, 21, 28; 6-9pm

The creative spirit expresses itself through image, color, shape, texture and language. Spirited journaling is a way to explore and expand our inner lives, to strengthen our creative muscles, deepen our understanding and work with dreams. In this class you will cultivate that creative spirit through a variety of practices including simple bookbinding, watercolor, collage and lettering. No artistic experience necessary, just a willingness to explore. You will leave with a unique journal filled with pages that reflect your expanding creative spirit.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee