Binding & Boxmaking

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 program. 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.


 

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”

Hardcover Book

with Anna Haglin
Tuesdays: August 10, 17, 24, 31; 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”

Mystery Box Artist’s Book

with Yuka Petz
Wednesday, August 11; 6:30–9pm CT

It’s time to break out of your material comfort zone and think with your hands! Participants will be mailed a Mini-But-Mighty Mystery Box of Materials, which must not be opened until the virtual workshop. After a brief discussion of what defines a book and “bookness,” participants will open their boxes and make an artist’s book following three simple rules: Continue reading “Mystery Box Artist’s Book”

Sewn Board Binding

with Suzanne Glémot
Thursdays: August 19, 26; 6–9pm CT

The sewn board binding is a lovely and versatile contemporary book structure that opens flat, making it extra convenient to handle, journal, paint in, and more. Its material needs are adaptable, too, which makes it a great structure to explore at home or with a small studio set-up. Over the course of two evenings, workshop participants will learn this structure, from text block preparation to finishing the book covers with decorative papers. Continue reading “Sewn Board Binding”