Live Demos & Presentations

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.

Artist Panel: Working with Hebrew and Yiddish Type

with Robyn Awend
Wednesday, May 18; 7–8:30pm CT
Free event*

Join us for a virtual conversation with contemporary artists, printers, and designers who use Hebrew type in their work to explore abstract and representational perspectives on the language. As MCBA introduces Hebrew wood type to our letterpress studios, we celebrate artists whose work is based in the language. The panel is curated by Robyn Awend and moderated by Karen Schiff and features local and national artists who use both traditional and contemporary Hebrew and Yiddish type in their work. Panelists include Lynne Avadenka (MI), an artist, printmaker, and director of Detroit letterpress print shop Signal Return; Gabriella Boros (IL), a printmaker, painter, and book artist; Dr. Noam Sienna (MN), a scholar of Jewish culture and history, Hebrew calligrapher, and book artist; and Shani Avni (NY) who designs, researches, teaches, consults, writes, and lectures on Hebrew type design and typography. Moderator Karen Schiff (TX) is an artist, writer, and editor who often works between word and image. Continue reading “Artist Panel: Working with Hebrew and Yiddish Type”