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 about registration and withdrawal policies? This PDF contains a detailed list of policies and 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.


Artist Talk: “Eyes Wide Shut”

with Ben Blount
Wednesday, June 23; 7–8:30pm CT

Join us for a virtual artist talk with Ben Blount, an artist, designer, and printer interested in notions of American identity, race, and culture. Ben Blount’s exhibition, Eyes Wide Shut, was on display in the windows of Minnesota Center for Book Arts from January-March 2021, viewable from the sidewalk along Washington Avenue. Continue reading “Artist Talk: “Eyes Wide Shut””

Folded Surprises

with Mary Leikvold
Thursdays: June 24, July 1; 7–9pm CT

In this virtual workshop, learn how to make six little folded structures and explore the many ways they can be used and shared with others. On the first night, learn two folded paper structures that can be embellished and can hold written notes or drawings—a spiral fold that becomes a flower-like object, and an elegant packet that unfolds to reveal a writing surface within. Continue reading “Folded Surprises”

Box Building: Clamshell Boxes

with Erin Maurelli
Tuesday, June 29; 6–9pm CT

Clamshell boxes are used to store and protect precious objects—anything from books to a collection of artworks to sheet music. In this virtual workshop, create a small clamshell box to fit a deck of cards. Expand your experience in the basics of box building by developing skills to make hinges and learning about the function of these useful structures. Continue reading “Box Building: Clamshell Boxes”

Hardcover Book

with Anna Haglin
Tuesdays: July 6, 13, 20, 27; 7–9pm CT

In this virtual workshop, learn how to make a hardcover book at home. An introduction to basic tools and materials will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make this binding again in different sizes and with a variety of materials. Learn how to find the grain direction of paper and book board, how to fold and sew paper to create pages, methods for creating a hardcover case from book board, and tips and tricks for attaching the hardcover to pages. Continue reading “Hardcover Book”

Dynamic Pop-Ups for Miniature Books, Volume 1

with Shawn Sheehy
Thursdays: July 8, 15, 22; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Pop-up books are most magical when impossible images emerge with the turn of a page. Strategies for creating expansive structures are useful in miniature books, as they allow you to exponentially increase the drama and content! Using cardstock and a small set of simple hand tools, you will build and then bind a variety of pop-up structures. Continue reading “Dynamic Pop-Ups for Miniature Books, Volume 1”

Printing Monotypes on Fabric

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Thursday, July 8; 6–8pm CT

Print monotypes on fabric that celebrate summer! In this 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”

Intro to Screen Printing: DIY Studio Setup

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Wednesdays: July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11; 6–8pm CT and Sunday Print Labs July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15; 6–7pm CT

Have you ever wanted to invest in your own home screen printing studio but weren’t sure where to start? This virtual workshop will focus on the methods, techniques, and procedures employed in screen printing at home—without a darkroom! Continue reading “Intro to Screen Printing: DIY Studio Setup”

Copyright 101: Rights and Permissions for Artists

with Suzanne Glémot
Thursday, July 15; 7–9pm CT

At its core, publishing is the activity of making information available to the public. Printing and calligraphy can both be considered forms of publishing, and it is the responsibility of artists working in these techniques to secure permission to use texts and images not originally their own. In this workshop, we’ll dig into copyright as it works in the US, what it protects, and when artists need to obtain permissions from copyright owners. Continue reading “Copyright 101: Rights and Permissions for Artists”

Zine-Making Against Climate Change

with Regula Russelle
Wednesdays: July 21, 28; 5–6:30pm CT

Zines are a super easy and inexpensive way to disseminate information to friends and to strangers. In this workshop you’ll explore how to make a zine related to the climate crisis. Content might range from “Veggie Gardening for Beginners” to pointers on “Zero Waste Practices” to “How to Talk with Legislators.” We will look at examples for inspiration, cover content development, practice a couple of simple zine structures, and learn how to make multiples and ways to share them. Continue reading “Zine-Making Against Climate Change”

Artist Talk & Lecture: Photo-Based Artist’s Books

with Paula McCartney
Thursday, July 22; 7–9pm

Books are a dynamic and intimate way to share work and offer a viewing experience that is not tied to a specific time and location. Join current McKnight Book Artist Fellow Paula McCartney as she shares the various kinds of photo-based artist’s books she has made during the past twenty years, from small edition handmade artist’s books to larger edition press-printed multiples. Continue reading “Artist Talk & Lecture: Photo-Based Artist’s Books”