Design & Content

MCBA offers virtual and in-person workshops on a variety of topics, suitable for all skill levels. (Look for the icons below denoting either in-person or virtual format!) MCBA’s teaching artists are eager to connect with you.

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? This PDF contains a detailed list of 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.


Intro to Design: Color and Composition

with Laura Brown
Tuesdays: February 1, 8, 15, 22; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Developing a visual language is essential for any artist. This virtual workshop will provide participants with a framework for creating images through exercises based in observation, collection, and experimentation. Using a variety of materials and methods, participants will develop a series of studies to be referenced for ideas and inspiration when making future artwork. This workshop is great for beginners or those wanting to broaden their visual vocabulary. Continue reading “Intro to Design: Color and Composition”

Art Practice Circle: February

with Mary Leikvold
Monday, February 7; 7–8:30pm CT

Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly community space to listen and share about artmaking. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage one another, to be an audience for one another’s work and creative process, and to move our work forward by talking about it out loud. Continue reading “Art Practice Circle: February”

Non-Linear Artist’s Books

with Yuka Petz
Thursdays: February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24; 6:30–9pm CT

Explore artist’s books that defy conventional front-to-back reading. In this 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. Examples of artists’ books that use these structures will be discussed. The group will also engage in brief idea generation exercises and friendly critique. Participants will have the option to exchange books with one another to begin or grow a personal collection of artists’ books. Continue reading “Non-Linear Artist’s Books”

Wabi-Sabi Mixed-Media Books

with Emma Freeman
Wednesdays: February 23, March 2, 9; 7–8:30pm CT

In this virtual workshop, explore the Japanese aesthetic philosophy of wabi-sabi through mixed-media artmaking techniques that will culminate in the creation of book structures. Use paper and fabric, mark-making, printmaking, collage, dripping wax, and stitching to explore the qualities of wabi-sabi that include: earthiness, simplicity, intimacy, mystery, nuance, texture, impermanence, and disintegration. Through experimental techniques, beauty will reveal itself in unexpected places and offer new ways of creating art. Draw inspiration from images of weathered, Japanese boro textiles, stoneware and earthenware pottery, and nature. Continue reading “Wabi-Sabi Mixed-Media Books”