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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 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.


 

Art Practice Circle: November

with Regula Russelle
Monday, November 1; 6–7:30pm 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: November”

Generative Measures: Research and Writing for Artist’s Books

with Ellen Sheffield
Wednesdays: November 3, 10, 17; 7–9pm CT

This virtual workshop will focus on non-traditional approaches to developing original content for artist’s books. A wide range of research tools will first be demonstrated to jumpstart ideas for projects. From these research seeds, participants will respond to writing prompts and engage in experimental creative writing techniques to grow these ideas into prototypes for artist’s books. Participants will learn how to add text to the pages of simple folded book structures, including alternative mark making, transfers, rub-on type, stencils, rubber stamps, and pressure printing. Continue reading “Generative Measures: Research and Writing for Artist’s Books”

Making a Mini Memoir

with Regula Russelle
Thursdays: November 4, 11; 7–8:30pm CT

Artmaking offers us powerful ways to relate to and connect with one another. 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. This participatory virtual workshop will include both large and small group conversations. Continue reading “Making a Mini Memoir”

Drawing with Confidence

with Babette Wagenvoort
Saturdays: November 6, 13, 20, 27; 9:30am–12pm CT

Build confidence in your ability to draw and find joy in your practice in this virtual workshop. Guided exercises challenge participants to sketch, play, and think about ways to use drawing in books, art, and illustration. This workshop is an invitation to start a drawing practice and to work towards an (optional) independent project with support from the teaching artist and other workshop participants. Continue reading “Drawing with Confidence”

Making Books with Found Materials

with Savannah Bustillo
Thursdays: December 2, 9; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Experiment with a playful approach to making new narratives with found materials and existing prints! Start by learning how to find and organize found materials as well as strategies for working with spontaneity and chance to build a compelling narrative. Learn four simple book structures (Japanese stab binding, saddle stitch, pamphlet stitch, and one-page book) and discuss the unique possibilities each structure brings to shape narrative in books. Continue reading “Making Books with Found Materials”

Art Practice Circle: December

with Regula Russelle
Monday, December 6; 6–7:30pm 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: December”