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.


Papermaking for a Livable Future: Artist Talk & Demo

with Hannah Chalew
Wednesday, September 22; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Join us for a virtual artist talk and demo with Hannah Chalew, a New Orleans-based artist, activist, and educator. Chalew’s artwork explores what it means to live in a time of global warming with a collective uncertain future—and specifically what that means for those living in Southern Louisiana. Through research and experimentation over the last few years, Chalew developed a paper made with bagasse (ground sugarcane) and plastic waste called “plasticane.” Continue reading “Papermaking for a Livable Future: Artist Talk & Demo”

Relief Printing at Home

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Thursdays: September 23, 30, October 7; 6–8pm CT

Gather the tools and skills needed to begin relief printing at home! In this introductory virtual workshop, hand-carve simple designs into soft rubber blocks and learn to print single- and multi-layered images on paper and fabric. Instruction will cover studio setup, proper use of relief tools, planning your design, registration for multiple layers, and repeat pattern printing. Continue reading “Relief Printing at Home”

Folding All The Accordions

with Mary Leikvold
Thursdays: September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21; 6:30–9pm CT

Accordion folds are the foundation for countless structures in bookmaking. This fun, hands-on virtual workshop will take the basic accordion fold to new levels: Explore long and short accordion structures, accordions with pockets and fancy covers, floating accordions, flag books, map books, and two variations on blizzard books. Continue reading “Folding All The Accordions”

Artist’s Book Studies

with Laura Beyer
Wednesdays: September 29, October 6, 13, 20; 12–2pm CT

In this virtual workshop, create a series of dimensional artist’s book studies, or mock-ups of artist’s books, to help propel your book ideas into a physical form and out of your head! The focus of this workshop is on using text and found images to experiment and play with the book form. After making books, we will talk through what was made and identify how text, image, and book structure work together to create meaning in expected and unexpected ways. Continue reading “Artist’s Book Studies”

Art Practice Circle: October

with Regula Russelle
Monday, October 4; 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: October”

Design Your Own Stab Binding

with Yuka Petz
Tuesday, October 5; 6–9pm CT

Personalize and design your own stab bindings! After looking at examples to gain a deeper understanding of what makes a successful stab binding design, we will sketch ideas, develop unique templates, and dive into our personalized sewn structures. At the end of the workshop, we will have a brief show-and-share to marvel at the variety of designs made in class. This virtual workshop is appropriate for high-level beginner and intermediate binders. Participants must be comfortable sewing a basic four-hole stab binding. Continue reading “Design Your Own Stab Binding”

Unfolding Narratives: Writing for Artist’s Books

with Ellen Sheffield
Wednesdays: October 6, 13, 20; 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”

Single-Page Photo Book

with Greg Randall
Wednesday, October 6; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Create a covered one-page book filled with your own photographs in this one-night virtual workshop. Learn how to prepare and arrange photographs in Adobe Photoshop to create the desired sequence and orientation of images in your finished book, as well as tips and tricks for at-home printing that can be used in a variety of book projects.  Continue reading “Single-Page Photo Book”

Introduction to Marbling

with Michelle Blodgett
Saturday, October 9; 10am–4pm CT

Welcome back to our studios! Experience the magic of marbling firsthand with this single-day, in-studio workshop! Learn the basic process of paper marbling with acrylics, including recipes for the various components of the process. Make four basic patterns (stones, moire/waved, git-gel, and nonpareil), explore seasonal color palettes, and take home your own marbled papers ready to be used in bookbinding and other arts. Continue reading “Introduction to Marbling”

Magic Box of Mysteries

with Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder
Tuesdays: October 12, 19, 26; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Mystify and mesmerize with this magic box of mysterious toys and tricks! In this three-session virtual workshop, learn the secrets of this magic wallet box containing a hidden compartment. Open the magic box to reveal a hypnotizing optical paper toy. Then, close the box and open again to unveil an entirely different set of paper toys, including a volvelle, flexagon, and thaumatrope. How does it work, you ask?! Through the magic of book arts, all will be revealed. Continue reading “Magic Box of Mysteries”

Alternative Printmaking at Home

with Rosae Reeder
Wednesdays: October 13, 20, 27; 4:30–7:30pm 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”

Intro to Screen Printing: DIY Studio Setup

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Thursdays: October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11; 6-8pm CT and Sunday Print Labs: October 17, 24, November 7, 14; 6–7pm CT (Please note: There is no Print Lab on 10/31.)

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”