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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.


Making a Mini Memoir: March

with Regula Russelle
Wednesdays: March 3 & 10; 5–6:30pm CST

Even when we must practice physical distancing, art making offers us powerful ways to relate and connect. Explore mini memoirs and how bits of your life can be shaped into a meaningful form. Look at examples for inspiration, cover content development, learn simple zine or book structures, and get tips on making multiples. Continue reading “Making a Mini Memoir: March”

Non-Linear Artist’s Books

with Yuka Petz
Thursdays: April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13; 7–9:30pm CT

Explore artist’s books that defy conventional front-to-back reading. In this weekly virtual workshop, make six non-linear artist’s books, including one-sheet books, flexagons, dos-à-dos, French door, flag books, and volvelles. Each week, learn a new book structure and techniques for adding content that work in tandem with the non-traditional book form to create meaning. Continue reading “Non-Linear Artist’s Books”

Drawing in Books

with Babette Wagenvoort
Fridays: April 30, May 7, 14, 21; 10am–12:30pm CT

This virtual workshop, led by Netherlands-based illustrator and visual artist Babette Wagenvoort, is an invitation to sketch, play, and think about ways you might incorporate drawings into prints and artist’s books. Experiment with several ways to use drawings in books—from the many benefits of using a sketchbook, to drawing used in book art, to illustration and sequential drawing. Continue reading “Drawing in Books”

Unfolding Narratives: Writing for Artist’s Books

with Ellen Sheffield
Wednesdays: May 5, 12, 19; 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”

Documentary Comics

with Camilo Aguirre
Saturdays: May 15, 22, 29; 10am-12pm CT

In this three-week workshop, Camilo Aguirre will share his artistic process and the developmental strategies he uses to create his comics. Beginning with an introduction to various formats used in documentary comics, the workshop covers the importance of point of view in the comic—who we are and what our position is in the world—as well as identifying blind spots and how to address them. Continue reading “Documentary Comics”