Paper Engineering from the Bauhaus: Josef Albers to the Modern Day

with Eric Gjerde
Thursday, November 14; 6-9pm

Paper artist Eric Gjerde leads a workshop of experimentation and discovery in the spirit of Josef Albers’ preliminary course, using historical paper art exercises and creations from the Bauhaus School as well as modern designs and ideas that build on the original concepts. Participants will take techniques and create their own works within various design constraints, in line with Bauhaus methodology. The intent is to open minds and expand horizons while having a lot of fun playing with paper! As with the original Bauhaus workshops, all work will be done with our hands and basic tools in an entirely analog format.

Certificate: Category D

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

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

Origami Snowflakes

with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, January 16; 6-8pm

Snowflakes are intricately, magically formed ice crystals. As has been told since childhood, no two are alike, but they are all forms of hexagons. Learn how to fold intricate, original origami snowflakes using the same hexagonal base as a starting point.  We’ll look at the categories of real snowflakes as a springboard for creation. The possibilities are limitless.

Certificate: 2 hours, Category D

$40 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $12 supply fee

Origami Hearts

with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, January 30; 6-8pm

Heart images and shapes have been a symbol of affection, love, warm-heartedness and even heartbreak since the 15th century. Learn several origami heart models to make into cards, be given as gifts or embellish other artwork. We’ll discuss ways to use hearts to make unique artwork and some examples will be shown.

Certificate: 2 hours, Category D

$40 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $12 supply fee

Making Natural Inks

with Sarah Peterson
Sunday, February 2; 12-4pm

Learn to make your own inks from plants! Explore using readily available (or foraged) plants to make vibrant natural inks to use in projects. Possibilities include walnuts for a beautiful brown, grape vine for a dark black, or spices and plants to make a variety of colors. Learn what goes into making natural ink and how to modify it for various uses. Participants will go home with several newly made inks.

Certificate: 4 hours, Category D

$80 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 supply fee

Everything is Illuminated: Making Egg Tempera from Scratch

with Anna Haglin
Sundays, February 16 & 23; 10am-3pm

This course teaches the fundamentals of paint-making with powdered pigments. The first course covers the multicultural history of manuscript illumination, pigment history, material sources, and the first steps of paint-mixing. During the second class-session, participants will finish making tempera, and illuminate an image during class. Images for practicing illumination will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own from a previous print or calligraphic project.
*Vegans and those with aural sensitivities please note: we use eggs and the process can be noisy. The powdered pigments used in this process can be toxic if inhaled; masks will be provided.

Certificate: 10 hours, Category D

$180 ($50 members) + $25 supply fee

Origami for Everyday Organization

with Monica Howell
Monday, February 24; 6-9pm

Learn how to fold a variety of origami boxes, dishes, and trays that can be used to package gifts, store office supplies, organize a desk drawer, store or display jewelry, serve candy or snacks, or as seasonal decorations. Practice your origami skills on different types and sizes of paper and learn how to adjust paper proportions to create larger boxes and trays. Leave the workshop with a variety of boxes and trays, instructions for creating future items, and a selection of papers for future use.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

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

Dirty Works: Origami Secret Drawer Box

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

Learn how to make a box with 4 secret drawers using just paper – no cuts, no glue! Use as a gift box or keep your own special items inside.

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

Less Junk, More Flowers: Origami Flowers from Recycled Materials

with Karine Rupp-Stanko
Saturday, April 18; 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: 2 hours, Category D

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

Origami Star Box with Lid

with Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesday, April 22; 6-8pm

Make a beautiful and useful origami box learning some basic origami folds. We’ll make a sample model, then move on to folding with gorgeous papers of your choice. The star box with lid is a unique opportunity for beginning folders to get their feet wet and make a stunning model. Experienced folders will also enjoy folding the box with unique papers.

Certificate: 2 hours, Category D

$40 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $12 supply fee