Adult Virtual Workshops

In an effort to support social distancing and to continue to spark the artistic impulse in all of us, MCBA is offering live, virtual workshops on a variety of topics, suitable for all skill levels. While we’re away from the studios, let’s print in the kitchen, fold paper on coffee tables, and design new work with computers! With the help of an online platform, MCBA’s teaching artists are eager to connect with you wherever you are. Art and meaningful connection are more important now than ever. 

Virtual workshops are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Core Certificate or Advanced Certificate in Book Arts. Those enrolled in the Certificate program receive a 20% discount on tuition while registration is open. MCBA members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

To view a more detailed list of questions and answers, please visit our About Virtual Workshops page.  If you are a teaching artist and would like to propose a virtual workshop, click here.

Intro to Screen Printing: DIY Studio Setup

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Wednesdays: May 27, June 3, 10, 17; 6–8pm

Have you ever wanted to invest in your own home screen printing studio but weren’t sure where to start? This period of social distancing is the perfect time for this creative home DIY!

Michelle and Kirsten’s live, virtual workshop will focus on the methods, techniques, and procedures employed in screen printing at home—without a darkroom! Set up your home screen printing space and gain fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to confidently explore and experiment within the medium of screen printing, including cutting stencils, screen printing with watercolors, mixing inks, printing layers, registration methods and techniques, printing on fabric and paper, printing effectively, and planning for successful screen prints. This workshop includes video office hours and a walk-through of each participant’s home studio setup. Open to all skill levels!

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A or C

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members).
Participants are responsible for sourcing their own supplies from the materials list. Teaching artists will answer questions about materials in advance of the workshop start date.

Please note: Registration closes May 18 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.

Registration is closed.

Learn How to Make a “Quaranzine”

with Regula Russelle
Mondays: June 1 and 8; 6–7:30pm

Explore how to shape a zine related to life during the pandemic. Content might range from sharing bread-making instructions to pointers on curing cabin fever. We will look at examples for inspiration, cover content development, simple zine structures, tips on making multiples, plus ways to share them with friends and strangers. The class will include group and individual meetings.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category C or D

$60 (10% discount for MCBA members).
Participants are responsible for sourcing their own supplies from the materials list. Teaching artists will answer questions about materials in advance of the workshop start date.

Please note: Registration closes May 28 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.

Registration is closed.

Digital Artists’ Books

with Jody Williams
Wednesdays: June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8; 6–9pm

Most page-making computer programs are designed for single-section pamphlets, with little room for creative artist’s book applications. Participants in this workshop will be shown various approaches the instructor has developed using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create limited edition digital and hand-printed books. Determining an overall design that expresses cohesive content will lead to incorporating computer skills and techniques into students’ individual books. Various techniques will be explored to create templates to lay out accordion books and other folded structures, as well as sewn-section bindings that involve printing on both sides of paper. Individual pages with text and imagery can derive from a wide variety of computer- and hand-generated imagery, including photography, collage, drawing and painting. Demonstrations and samples of other artists’ books will introduce advanced techniques for incorporating digital output with hand-printed processes. Participants will be using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator programs (or the full Creative Suite) and should have workable knowledge of one of them, and access to a scanner/printer. The class will include a mix of the instructor’s group presentations and demonstrations with individual meetings.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category B or C
$324 (10% discount for MCBA members).

Participants are responsible for sourcing their own supplies from the materials list. Teaching artists will answer questions about materials in advance of the workshop start date.

Please note: Registration closes May 31 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.

Intro to Artists’ Books: Folded Structures

with Jody Williams
Thursdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9; 6–8pm

Participants will create books using a wide variety of materials for words and/or images. Starting with a simple 8-page book that folds out from a single sheet or paper, this workshop will continue with more complicated accordion and snake (or meander) books and adding pop-up features. In-class instructor demonstrations will be augmented with handouts, including templates and step-by-step instructions for making each structure. After making blank test samples, participants will learn how to convey a theme across the sequenced pages, using ideas for possible content suggested by the instructor. Samples of other book artists’ work will be provided along demonstrations of various ways to develop individual pages that will encourage participants to adapt these structures and continue working with them long after the workshop ends. The class will include a mix of the instructor’s group presentations and demonstrations with individual meetings.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A or B
$216 (10% discount for MCBA members).

Participants are responsible for sourcing their own supplies from the materials list. Teaching artists will answer questions about materials in advance of the workshop start date.

Please note: Registration closes June 1 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.

Creative Dreamwork and Book Arts

with Sheila Asato
Thursdays: June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16; 6-8pm

During this uncertain time, people are experiencing more vivid dreams. Learn useful ways of working with dreams through book arts. Create a deceptively simple book and use it to practice a variety of mixed media techniques and writing exercises. Through this creative process, experience personal insights, cultivate emotional resilience, and refresh your creative spirit.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category D

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members).
Participants are responsible for sourcing their own supplies from the materials list. Teaching artists will answer questions about materials in advance of the workshop start date.

Please note: Registration closes June 8 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.

Charting an Art Practice

with Regula Russelle
Mondays: June 22 and 29; 6–7:30pm

Art making offers marvelous ways to relate and connect even at times of physical distancing and uninvited isolation. Professionals and amateurs alike grapple with: How to establish a daily practice, how to respect limitations and make peace with uncertainty, how to create realistic goals and work toward them. This participatory workshop will provide ways to shape a life in the (book) arts by considering examples, conversation, writing, and “map making.” The class will include group and individual meetings.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category C or D

$60 (10% discount for MCBA members).
Participants are responsible for sourcing their own supplies from the materials list. Teaching artists will answer questions about materials in advance of the workshop start date.

Please note: Registration closes June 18 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.

Masu Boxes and Storage Books

with  Amanda D’Amico
Wednesday, June 24; 6–9pm

The Masu Box (translated as ‘measurement box’) is a simple origami structure made of paper. This square box can be used to wrap gifts or store objects, but it can also be adapted with simple bookbinding techniques to create sculptural book objects. In this 3-hour workshop, we will begin with the basic box structure. We will create a lid to complete the traditional box before going on to play with these paper elements, creating books that can house secret images or small objects, and create a tactile and fun experience for the reader.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$60 (10% discount for MCBA members).
Participants are responsible for sourcing their own supplies from the materials list. Teaching artists will answer questions about materials in advance of the workshop start date.

Please note: Registration closes June 21 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.

Making a Mini Memoir

with Regula Russelle
Mondays: July 27 and August 3; 6–7:30pm

Even when we must practice physical distancing, art making offers us powerful ways to relate and connect. Explore mini memoirs and how bits of your life can be shaped into a meaningful form. We will look at examples for inspiration, cover content development, simple zine or book structures, and tips on making multiples. The class will include group and individual meetings.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category C or D

$60 (10% discount for MCBA members).
Participants are responsible for sourcing their own supplies from the materials list. Teaching artists will answer questions about materials in advance of the workshop start date.

Please note: Registration closes July 23 to allow enough time for participants to acquire supplies.