Design & Content

MCBA offers in-person and virtual workshops in book arts—from letterpress printing to paper marbling and everything in between! Designed for adults looking to spark their creativity and professionals aiming to hone their technique, MCBA’s workshops feature intimate class sizes and hands-on experiences using process-specific equipment, including technology designed and built in the 19th and 20th centuries, and artisan-built equipment made today. Workshops focus on building skills in a specific process, which often leads to a physical takeaway like a bound book, a letterpress printed poster, a screen printed zine, or a sheet of paper made or marbled by hand.

Teaching artists bring a wide range of education and experience along with a mission to inspire connection and creativity. Workshops are designed to balance lecture, demonstration, work time, and group sharing.

Workshops are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Certificate programs. Enrollees receive a 20% discount on tuition. MCBA members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Have questions about registration or recording policies? Check out MCBA’s Workshop & Studio Lab Policies and FAQs. If you are a teaching artist, you can propose a 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.

Mixed-Media Collage 101

with Kerri Sandve
Saturday, July 30; 10am–4pm CT

Experiment with different materials, media, photo-transfer techniques, and exercises to generate unique collaged compositions. Get inspired by an introduction to collage and zine-making, then build community and creativity while making art together. Participants will receive a Collage Club Pack created by the teaching artist that includes all the materials needed to get started. Designed for those experienced with collage and for total newbies, this in-person workshop will help everyone dive right in! Continue reading “Mixed-Media Collage 101”

Mystery Box Artist’s Book

with Yuka Petz
Wednesday, August 3; 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”

Screen Printed Zines

with Kerri Sandve
Thursdays: August 4, 11, 18; 6–9pm CT

Explore low-tech screen printing methods in MCBA’s newly revamped screen printing studio! Instruction will cover screen printing basics, material considerations for image-making, navigating inks, hand-cutting stencils, registration, printing effectively on paper, and zine-making basics. Repetition improves technique as you print a small edition of your unique design! Bring your sketches and ideas to the workshop for a simple 8-page zine. Continue reading “Screen Printed Zines”

Stamp, Sketch, Type: Mark-Making on Fabric

with India Johnson
Wednesday, August 10; 6–8pm CT

Learn foundational techniques in drawing, stamping, and typewriting on fabric that are core to India Johnson’s book and textile art. This virtual workshop will focus on generating freehand marks, patterns, lettering, and line work on muslin and/or linen. These techniques can be used for books and artwork, as well as incorporated into craft projects. Be ready to experiment and play–we’ll make samplers to build a vocabulary of marks. Continue reading “Stamp, Sketch, Type: Mark-Making on Fabric”

Artist’s Books: The Personal as Political

with Maureen Cummins
Thursdays: August 11, 18, 25; 6–8:30pm and Saturday, August 27; 10am–4pm CT

In this foursession workshop, participants will create a unique book or small edition of books —which can be later editioned—based on their own experience, a family story, or a generational story. The emphasis of the class will be on how personal experience connects to larger world events such as war, resettlement, and politics, or social justice issues such as race, class, and gender, etc. Using this project as a centerpoint, participants will be introduced to every aspect of bookmaking: conceptualization, design, typography, creative writing, letterpress printing, and hand binding. They will also receive handouts on resources and supplies, the history of the book, and book terminology. Please come with your ideas and source materials—text, photographs, family memorabilia, etc.—relating to a possible project. Continue reading “Artist’s Books: The Personal as Political”