Adult 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. Art and meaningful connection are more important now than ever! With the help of an online platform, MCBA’s teaching artists are eager to connect with you wherever you are. Workshops are interactive and not recorded.

Virtual workshops are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Certificate programs. Enrollees receive a 20% discount on tuition while registration is open. MCBA members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Have questions? This PDF contains a detailed list of FAQs.  If you are a teaching artist, you can propose a virtual workshop here.


Add your name to a wait list if a workshop you’d like to take is full. You’ll be contacted if another section of the workshop is scheduled.


Printing with Hand-Cut Stencils on Fabric

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Wednesday, April 14; 7–9pm CT

In this virtual workshop, learn how to design, hand cut, and print your own design with stencils on fabric. Print your own state-themed design on a set of kitchen towels and an apron, with instructors available to guide you through the process and answer questions. Come away with skills and know-how to design and print on fabric with stencils on your own! Continue reading “Printing with Hand-Cut Stencils on Fabric”

Alternative Printmaking at Home

with Rosae Reeder
Saturdays: April 17, 24; 9am–12pm CT

This virtual printmaking workshop focuses on using accessible materials to make prints and embellish existing art projects. Explore several techniques including packing tape transfer, Matte Medium transfer, watercolor monoprint, and Gelli plate printing. All of these processes can be done safely at home without caustic materials, chemicals, or printing presses. Continue reading “Alternative Printmaking at Home”

Seven-Pocket Chinese Thread Book

with Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesday, April 21; 7–9pm CT

Originating in Northern China, the Chinese Thread Book or Zhen Xian Bao, was traditionally used to store thread, needles, and other embroidery materials. Constructed with printed cotton, the original thread book was designed to contain numerous interlocking compartments (or pockets) that open to remove or store items and collapse flat when not in use for efficient storage. Continue reading “Seven-Pocket Chinese Thread Book”

Printing Monotypes on Fabric

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Wednesday, April 28; 6–8pm CT

Print monotypes on fabric that celebrate spring! In this single-evening virtual workshop, learn about gel plate printing with plants, stencils, paintbrushes, and materials from around your home. Build skills, experiment, and create a set of prints to brighten your space, with instructors available to guide you through the process and answer questions. Continue reading “Printing Monotypes on Fabric”

Drawing in Books

with Babette Wagenvoort
Fridays: April 30, May 7, 14, 21; 10am–12:30pm CT

This virtual workshop, led by Netherlands-based illustrator and visual artist Babette Wagenvoort, is an invitation to sketch, play, and think about ways you might incorporate drawings into prints and artist’s books. Experiment with several ways to use drawings in books—from the many benefits of using a sketchbook, to drawing used in book art, to illustration and sequential drawing. Continue reading “Drawing in Books”

Fun with Accordions

with Rosae Reeder
Saturdays: May 1, 8; 9am–12pm CT

The accordion fold is one of the most versatile techniques used in bookbinding. It is exhibited in single-page books and concertina bindings, and is the foundation of many other book structures. In this virtual workshop, explore two of Rosae’s favorite accordion-based structures—an accordion book featuring a non-adhesive cover, and an expandable, hardcover album. Continue reading “Fun with Accordions”

Photographing Your Artwork at Home

with Joanna Manning
Tuesdays: May 4, 11; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Documenting artwork is increasingly important as we find ourselves more reliant on digital platforms like social media and websites to share art. Images are also a crucial element in proposals to exhibit, teach, and sell artwork. In this virtual workshop, learn how to set up a basic photo lab at home using low-budget lighting equipment and natural light. Continue reading “Photographing Your Artwork at Home”

A Satisfaction of Movable Mechanisms

with Shawn Sheehy
Wednesdays: May 5, 12, 19, 26; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Think back to the last time you picked up a movable card. You moved the mechanism back and forth, soothed and satisfied by the movement. You wished there was a collective noun for movable cards. Well, there is! Join seasoned paper engineer Shawn Sheehy in building a SATISFACTION of ten movable mechanisms that demonstrate a wide range of movement possibilities. Continue reading “A Satisfaction of Movable Mechanisms”

Unfolding Narratives: Writing for Artist’s Books

with Ellen Sheffield
Wednesdays: May 5, 12, 19; 7–9pm CT

In this three-part virtual workshop, learn techniques for generating text for artist’s books through conceptual approaches: text as image, as narrative, and as lyrical expression. Experiment with typographic systems and text itineraries, as well as Dada and Surrealist approaches. Writing exercises will be assigned before, during, and in between the three workshop sessions. Continue reading “Unfolding Narratives: Writing for Artist’s Books”