Origami: Lanterns – FULL

with Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesday, January 16; 6-9pm

Illuminate your space with origami lanterns this winter! In this evening workshop, learn to fold two lanterns with beautiful paper. Lanterns will be pure origami – no cuts, no glue! Lanterns will be illuminated with battery powered tea lights, which are provided.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

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

Introduction to Design: Notan Intensive – FULL

with Sheila Asato
Sat-Sun, January 19 & 20; 10am-4pm

Learn how to transform a flat two-dimensional surface into a dynamic visual composition through the use of Notan, Japanese for light-dark design. Notan focuses on the interaction between positive and negative spaces, which is exemplified in such ancient images as the Yin-Yang symbol. Through a series of fun paper-based exercises, learn how to design more effectively in a way that will have a positive impact on your work in the book arts, printmaking, and beyond.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A; fulfills the Core design requirement

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

Origami: Chinese Zodiac

with Kathleen Sheridan
Saturday, January 26; 10am-4pm

Learn to fold a little book that highlights all twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac! Instruction covers the book structure and zodiac origami models. Once folded, each page can be designed and embellished as desired.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Calligraphy: Gothic Black Letter

with Kris MacDonald
Sundays: January 27, February 3, 10; 1-4pm

Gothic black letter calligraphy looks impressively difficult, and is surprisingly one of the easier hands to learn. Using broad-edged dip pens and walnut ink, learn both the minuscule and majuscule letters (lower and upper case). Explore some different visual weights possible by manipulating pen scale on blocks of text writing, and will look at the work of some contemporary gothic lettering artists.

Certificate: 9 hours, Category D

$145 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Dirty Works: Papercutting in Full Color – FULL

with Marnie Karger and Curt Lund
Friday, February 1; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Explore papercutting as a way to create imagery. Make and take a batch of unique cards with hand-cut designs and multi-colored layers, using any kind of imagery you can dream up. Then learn a simple binding technique to convert cards into little pocket journals.

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

Movables and Popups in Artists’ Books

with Olli Johnson
Mondays: February 4, 11, 18, 25; 6-9pm
All skill levels welcome

Lift, Spin, Pull and Pop! Learn techniques to create dimension and movement in your work. We’ll start with a series of exercises to understand fundamental paper engineering principles. As we explore a variety of folds, you’ll learn to make basic pop-up structures using free-hand shapes and templates that can be used to make more complicated designs. Then learn how to incorporate movables such as tabs, paper rivets, and spinners. There will be an emphasis on understanding fold theory as well as guided time to explore an independent project.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

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

Origami: Valentine Heart Box

with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, February 14; 6-8pm

In this Valentine’s Day class, learn to fold a unique origami heart box for or with a sweetie. Constructed of two pieces of paper that join at the “v” of the heart, this box is opened by pulling one half of the heart out of the other. A variety of papers will be provided and a great way to use your handmade papers.

Certificate: 2 hours, Category D

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

Content Development for Small, Handmade Books

with Regula Russelle
Mondays: March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22; 6-9pm
All skill levels welcome

Explore ideas for mini memoirs, “how to” zines, and small books that carry poetic or philosophical questions or threads. Start by looking through samples, then make two or three simple books that are either complete at the end of class or will serve as sturdy drafts for future work. Techniques taught are with inexpensive tools and materials that you can later use to make small books on a kitchen table or desk.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category B or C

$290 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Pointed Pen Calligraphy I

with Kris MacDonald
Saturdays: March 23, 30; 1-4pm

Copperplate is a script style of calligraphy that gets its unique look from the use of a flexible, pointed pen nib that allows variations in thickness by writing with pressure on the downstroke and release on the upstroke. Beginning in the 18th century, it filled the need for a business correspondence script until the arrival of the typewriter. This small, elegant, fun-to-write hand will be used to letter a personal greeting.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Introduction to Book Arts

with Laura Brown and Ruby Figueroa
Sat-Sun, March 30 & 31; 9am-4pm

A perfect introduction to book arts! First, get your feet wet (literally!) in the paper studio, exploring the Western tradition of papermaking. Next, use screen printing to layer colors and shapes in a collaborative project. Investigate letterpress as you set type and create prints on the Vandercook press. Finally, bind a selection of your handmade and printed papers together into simple folded and pamphlet-stitched books. With a focus on learning several basic techniques, this class is perfect for experimentation and play across disciplines with a look at the relationship between material and process.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A

$220 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 supply fee

Origami: Mini Books and Bookcase

with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, April 18; 6-9pm

Get in on the mini craze with mini origami books. Learn to fold a ten page book from a single piece of paper – no cuts, no glue! We will fold a few books and a bookcase to store them. You’ll go home with the knowledge to fold more books on your own.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

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

Introduction to Design: Color and Composition

with Laura Brown
Sat-Sun, April 27 & 28; 9am-4pm

Developing a visual language is essential for any artist. This two-day workshop will provide participants with a framework for creating images through exercises that emphasize experimentation and play. With a focus on color relationships and their effect on composition, methods will include collage, drawing, watercolor painting, and rubber stamp carving and printing.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A; fulfills core design requirement

$220 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee