Adult Workshops

MCBA offers virtual and in-person workshops on a variety of topics, suitable for all skill levels. (Look for the icons below denoting either in-person or virtual format!) MCBA’s teaching artists are eager to connect with you.

Workshops are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Certificate programs. Enrollees receive a 20% discount on tuition. 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.


Art Practice Circle: December

with Regula Russelle
Monday, December 6; 6–7:30pm CT

Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly community space to listen and share about artmaking. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage one another, to be an audience for one another’s work and creative process, and to move our work forward by talking about it out loud. Continue reading “Art Practice Circle: December”

Paper Marbling: Patterns 1

with Sally Power
Saturday, December 11; 10am–4pm CT

Patterns are an essential technique of marbling. Designed for those who have experience marbling, this in-person workshop will focus on classical patterns such as nonpareil, chevron, and their variations. Through instruction and demonstrations, learn how a single traditional marbling pattern is a starting point for multiple variations. Experiment with patterns and begin to build your technique and palette with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout.  Continue reading “Paper Marbling: Patterns 1”

Screen Print: Studio Skills

with Kirsten Olson
Saturday, December 11; 10am–4pm CT

Get acquainted (or reacquainted!) with MCBA’s screen printing studio and darkroom. Practice the photo emulsion process from positive creation and screen coating to exposure and reclaiming. Each participant will complete an edition of multi-layered screen prints and leave class with the confidence to work independently at MCBA’s Screen Printing Labs. Previous screen printing experience required (virtual Intro to Screen Printing: DIY Studio Setup or similar.) Continue reading “Screen Print: Studio Skills”

Carve & Print: Stamped Wrapping Paper

with Laura Brown
Tuesday, December 14; 4:30–6:30pm CT

In this friendly introduction to relief printing, you will carve your own stamp and create a repeating pattern on paper. This technique is perfect for creating festive handmade gift wrap and many other uses. Participants will finish with wrapping paper and their own stamps for future printing and experimenting. Continue reading “Carve & Print: Stamped Wrapping Paper”

Letterpress 1: Printing Basics

with Erin Maurelli
Saturday, December 18; 10am–4pm CT

Welcome back to the print studio! This in-person letterpress workshop offers an introduction to MCBA’s print studio—including key equipment, tools, and terminology—in addition to an opportunity to experience the satisfaction of printing a message through the hands-on process of letterpress printing. Get to know MCBA’s wood type collection and learn beginning typesetting with wood type. Learn the basics of working with a flatbed cylinder press including operation, safety, and care while building skills using the equipment with support from a teaching artist. In pairs, design and print your own small edition of posters on a Vandercook press.  Continue reading “Letterpress 1: Printing Basics”

Paper Beater 101

with Anna Haglin
Saturday, December 18; 1–3pm CT

Get acquainted (or reacquainted!) with MCBA’s wet studio and paper beaters. Learn how to safely operate MCBA’s Reina and Hollander beaters for sheet forming and sculptural paper projects. Learn the idiosyncrasies of each beater and which fibers are best for each kind of beater, along with the process of recovering the beater and wet studio.  Continue reading “Paper Beater 101”