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 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.


Fun with Accordions

with Rosae Reeder
Saturdays: May 1, 8; 9am–12pm CT

The accordion fold is one of the most versatile techniques used in bookbinding. It is exhibited in single-page books and concertina bindings, and is the foundation of many other book structures. In this virtual workshop, explore two of Rosae’s favorite accordion-based structures—an accordion book featuring a non-adhesive cover, and an expandable, hardcover album. Continue reading “Fun with Accordions”

Simple Slipcase Construction

with Anna Haglin
Tuesdays: May 11, 18, 25; 7–9pm CT

A slipcase can be an aesthetically pleasing buffer between your favorite book and the elements of your living space, like coffee rings and dust. Its construction is basic and flexible enough to also be used to store prints, photographs, or any other loose and fragile items. Learn all the stages of boxmaking (including measuring, cutting, gluing, covering, and lining) and gain familiarity with the tools, materials, and techniques necessary to build your own handmade box. Continue reading “Simple Slipcase Construction”

Box Building for Beginners

with Erin Maurelli
Tuesdays: June 1, 8, 15, 22; 7–9pm CT

This workshop is perfect for anyone new to book arts who would like to learn something a little different. Building boxes, with high-density board often called “book board,” is a time-honored tradition within book arts. Hand-built boxes serve many functions, from holding tools to preserving fragile books. Participants will learn the basics of box building while creating two unique boxes with lids. Continue reading “Box Building for Beginners”

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”