Adult & Family 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.


Book Biz

with Karen Hanmer
Wednesday, January 20; 5–6:30pm CST

Join artist and fine binder Karen Hanmer as she shares an overview of her career and varied practice through the lens of running a business. Topics covered will include: networking; planning editioned work; pricing, exhibiting, and promoting that work; professional development; and the value of community. Continue reading “Book Biz”

Roll-Up/Pop-Up Books

with Shawn Sheehy
Wednesdays: January 27, February 3, 10, 17; 4:30–6:30pm CST

You have explored how-to books on making pop-ups. You’re ready to make your own pop-up project. You are stymied by the question: “How do I adapt these classic, foundational structures to make MY OWN structures?” This virtual workshop will help you think through that problem by exploring nine different structures at four levels: foundational, transitional, transformational, and personal. Continue reading “Roll-Up/Pop-Up Books”

Monotypes on Paper and Fabric

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Thursdays: February 4, 11, 18; 5:30–7:30pm CST

Monotypes are one part printmaking, one part play–and they can be done at home without a press! The result is a set of prints that are fun, freeing, and truly unique. In this virtual workshop, participants will learn how to use gel-plate printing tools and everyday household materials to print one-of-a-kind prints, cards, quilt squares, and tea towels. Continue reading “Monotypes on Paper and Fabric”

Family Workshop: Let’s Make Puppets!

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Saturday, February 6; 1–2:30pm CST
For families with children ages 6 and up

The whole family will go head over heels for this playful paper craft! Start with simple shapes, use what you have around the house to add detail, then cut and assemble your one-of-a-kind creations. Articulated paper puppets are perfect for storytelling props, stop-motion animation, valentines, and more! Continue reading “Family Workshop: Let’s Make Puppets!”

Generative Measures: Research and Writing for Artist’s Books

with Ellen Sheffield
Tuesdays: February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23; 6–8pm

This virtual workshop will focus on non-traditional approaches to developing original content for artist’s books. A wide range of research tools will first be demonstrated to jumpstart ideas for projects. From these research seeds, participants will respond to writing prompts and engage in experimental creative writing techniques to grow these ideas into prototypes for artist’s books. Continue reading “Generative Measures: Research and Writing for Artist’s Books”

Natural Indigo: Use & Preparation

with Radha Pandey
Sat–Sun, February 20 & 21; 10–11am CST

Learn how to set up and maintain the fruit vat—a type of natural indigo vat. Instruction will cover the history of indigo in India, how to be conscientious when sourcing this and other dyes, using natural indigo for projects on cloth, reviving the vat for re-use over a long period, as well as safe disposal of the vat after you are finished with it. Continue reading “Natural Indigo: Use & Preparation”

A Satisfaction of Movable Mechanisms

with Shawn Sheehy
Wednesdays: February 24, March 3, 17, 24; 7–9pm CST

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”