Garden Monotypes

with Mary Leikvold and Anika Schneider
Sundays: June 16 & 23; 10am–4pm CT

Calling all garden lovers! In this lively in-person workshop, transform plant material from your garden (or someone else’s) into beautiful one-of-a-kind prints. Monotypes offer artists the spontaneity of painting combined with the structure and deliberation of printmaking. The process is fun and freeing for everyonefrom beginners to experienced artists. Learn the basics, then experiment and explore the medium under the guidance of two experienced printmakers and teachers. Come away from the workshop with a portfolio of prints celebrating the garden. Continue reading “Garden Monotypes”

Letterpress 1: Printing Basics (Tuesday)

with Bethany Rahn
Tuesday, June 18; 10am–4pm CT

Letterpress 1: Printing Basics 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, choose a text (three to five words) and print your own small edition of posters on a Vandercook press. Continue reading “Letterpress 1: Printing Basics (Tuesday)”

Letterpress 2: Setting Type (Wednesday)

with Bethany Rahn
Wednesday, June 19; 10am–4pm CT

Letterpress 2: Setting Type focuses on setting metal type and building familiarity with printing on the Vandercook press. Learn how to navigate MCBA’s type collection, how type is stored and organized, and how to arrange it in a composing stick for setting a text. Training will be provided on line justification, kerning (space between letters and words), and methods for holding type together (or “locking up” a form) for printing. Procedures for maintaining a community type collection and print studio will also be covered. Continue reading “Letterpress 2: Setting Type (Wednesday)”

Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing about Your Art

with grace (ge) gilbert
Wednesday, June 19; 7–9pm CT

The word ‘ekphrasis’—poetry that is inspired by works of visual art—comes from the Greek word for ‘description.’ However, ekphrastic poetry moves beyond just describing what is happening in a work of art. It also expands the purpose of the work and re-writes it, as poet Mary Jo Bang says. In this virtual workshop, we will discuss the genesis and history of ekphrastic poetry, why a poet might write in response to art, and how this could apply to your own work. Participants will receive multiple generative prompts for writing their own poems and will come away with both new original writing and a new understanding of the long, storied relationship between text and image. Designed for artists and writers who want to expand their practice.  Continue reading “Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing about Your Art”

Letterpress 3: Two-Color Prints (Thursday)

with Bethany Rahn
Thursday, June 20; 10am–4pm CT

Letterpress 3: Two-Color Prints focuses on printing multiple layers and building printers’ confidence using Vandercook presses through practice. Printing more than one layer involves printing the same piece of paper multiple times with unique forms (raised type or image) and ink colors for each layer. Careful registration to make each layer align as designed requires planning and troubleshooting. Learn how to choose colors and mix ink as well as techniques for adjusting color on the press to create unique effects. Participants will also be introduced to MCBA’s larger Vandercooks, the 219 and Uni 3, which have the capacity to print larger forms and can be more comfortable for taller printers. Continue reading “Letterpress 3: Two-Color Prints (Thursday)”

Woodcut Printmaking: June

with Leah Klister
Thursdays: June 20 & 27; 6–9pm CT

Experience the process of relief printing while carving and printing your own design in this in-person workshop. Learn all steps of the process, from transferring your design to the printing block to signing your first edition of prints! Instruction will cover methods for turning your design into an image for woodcut printing, carving techniques, techniques for printing by hand with a baren (a smooth pad used to apply pressure when printing), and how to repeat the carving and printing process to achieve more depth and layers on your prints. Continue reading “Woodcut Printmaking: June”

Letterpress 4: Editioning (Friday)

with Bethany Rahn
Friday, June 21; 10am–4pm CT

Letterpress 4: Editioning focuses on planning and printing an edition (or a group of identical prints). Printing an edition starts with making design decisions: choosing ink color, paper, edition size, typefaces, etc. Then, artists need to prepare for printing by cutting paper, preparing images, setting and proofing type, etc. This workshop will offer beginning printers strategies for creating an edition, including how to plan a project and how to make an edition of consistent prints. The teaching artist will share an example of an editioned project she created from start to finish. Then, in pairs, plan and print a small book (using an exercise to create content). Continue reading “Letterpress 4: Editioning (Friday)”

Japanese Papermaking: June

with Bridget O’Malley
Saturday, June 22; 10am–5pm CT

Explore the tools and techniques of Japanese papermaking in this in-person workshop. Learn fiber preparation techniques including cooking, cleaning and hand beating, sheet formation, pressing, and drying. Finished papers can be strong yet nearly translucent, and sheet size can range from 5 x 7 inches to 5 x 7 feet! Come away from the workshop with the skills needed to make Japanese paper independently during MCBA’s Papermaking Labs. Continue reading “Japanese Papermaking: June”

Print Poetry with Arabic Type

with Andrea Shaker
Saturday, June 22; 1–4pm CT

Experience letterpress printing while printing lines of Arabic poetry with MCBA’s new collection of Arabic wood type. This in-person workshop is designed for those with little or no letterpress experience with a desire to build skills and community through playful experimentation with Arabic typography! Text will be pre-designed with type locked up in presses in advance to maximize printing time and allow for the basic concepts of printing to be introduced. We will make 2-3 distinct prints (approximately 10 x 14 inches in size), each with a line of poetry in Arabic. Participants will have some creative input with ink colors and may select and hand-set a word (as a group) in wood type to print. Participants can take home a selection of ten to fifteen prints at the end of the workshop. Continue reading “Print Poetry with Arabic Type”

Box Building: Drawers & Dividers

with Erin Maurelli
Tuesdays: June 25, July 2, 9, 16; 6:30–9pm CT

A fun thing to do when making boxes is to create custom containers to hold your treasures, tools, and collections. In this virtual workshop, learn to create drawers that slide and divisions within the box. Create a box that has a lid with a hinge, a divided tray, and a drawer. Basic box building experience is required, including experience covering boards and checking to make sure your boards and compartments are square. Continue reading “Box Building: Drawers & Dividers”

Color Theory for Book Artists

with Louise Fisher
Saturday, June 29; 10am–4pm CT

Learn how to mix any color imaginable using Pantone letterpress inks. This in-person workshop is great for any artist who wants to expand their palette or feels intimidated by color. Special attention will be placed on printing, but what’s learned can be easily translated to other art mediums such as painting. Instruction in the morning will focus on color theory, developing your own palette, and color mixing demonstrations. In the afternoon, participants will create color swatch prints using pre-cut blocks on the Vandercook press. Continue reading “Color Theory for Book Artists”

Book Arts Camp! Ages 12–15

with Rachel Payne
Tuesday–Friday, July 9–12; 10am–4pm CT

Explore new art mediums in MCBA’s book arts studios! Learn four bindings and several paper decoration techniques in this four-day, in-person book arts immersion designed for ages 12–15! Start by learning the flexagon, an origami-like structure that is part book, part toy! Learn traditional side-stitch bindings, commonly referred to as Japanese, but actually developed in many East Asian countries including Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam—in Southeastern Asia. Make a tunnel book, which is a tiny diorama-like book that can be embellished with collage, drawings, and more. Last, create a perfect binding which you may find similar to a store-bought notebook, made up of sheets of paper glued together at the spine.  Continue reading “Book Arts Camp! Ages 12–15”

Gelatin Plate Printing for Collage

with Hope Amico
Wednesdays: July 10 & 17; 7–9pm CT

Gelatin plates are a versatile tool to experiment with monoprinting, a painterly printmaking process that creates subtle layers and textures. In this virtual workshop, learn a variety of monoprinting techniques to create unique textures and layers in your prints. Use drawing, mark-making, and printing techniques to create several experimental prints to be used as backgrounds, cut into shapes and elements for collage, and to add transparent layers. On the second night, we will look through what we created and discuss how to reproduce our favorite prints. Then, we will use our papers in collage and discuss other material options. Continue reading “Gelatin Plate Printing for Collage”

Illustration: Characters, Spaces & Style

with Camilo Aguirre
Saturdays: July 13, 20, 27; 9:30–11:30am CT

In this virtual workshop, learn the basics of illustration and drawing for prints, artist’s books, and comics! Each session will feature a topic—characters, spaces, and style—and will begin with a short presentation followed by exercises designed to help participants build their illustration and drawing skills. Sessions two and three will begin with friendly group conversation about work in-progress. As this is a virtual workshop, demonstrations will be taught digitally but participants are welcome to draw in any format they choose, from digital drawing on a tablet to pen/pencil on paper. This workshop is designed for those who would like instruction and guided practice in illustration and drawing. Intermediate-level illustrators are welcome as well. Continue reading “Illustration: Characters, Spaces & Style”

Introduction to Marbling: July

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, July 13; 10am–4pm CT

Experience the magic of marbling firsthand with this single-day, in-person 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. Participants will leave the workshop with the confidence to work independently at MCBA’s Marbling Labs. Continue reading “Introduction to Marbling: July”