Live Demos & Presentations

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.


Artist Talk: “Eyes Wide Shut”

with Ben Blount
Wednesday, June 23; 7–8:30pm CT

Join us for a virtual artist talk with Ben Blount, an artist, designer, and printer interested in notions of American identity, race, and culture. Ben Blount’s exhibition, Eyes Wide Shut, was on display in the windows of Minnesota Center for Book Arts from January-March 2021, viewable from the sidewalk along Washington Avenue. Continue reading “Artist Talk: “Eyes Wide Shut””

Artist Talk & Lecture: Photo-Based Artist’s Books

with Paula McCartney
Thursday, July 22; 7–9pm

Books are a dynamic and intimate way to share work and offer a viewing experience that is not tied to a specific time and location. Join current McKnight Book Artist Fellow Paula McCartney as she shares the various kinds of photo-based artist’s books she has made during the past twenty years, from small edition handmade artist’s books to larger edition press-printed multiples. Continue reading “Artist Talk & Lecture: Photo-Based Artist’s Books”

Artist Talk & Demo: The Art of Korean Paper

with Aimee Lee
Wednesday, August 18; 4–6pm CT

Join us for an artist talk and demonstration with Aimee Lee, an artist, papermaker, writer, and the leading hanji (Korean handmade paper) researcher and practitioner in North America. While studying papermaking in the US, Aimee noticed a gap in paper history and decided to research, learn, and teach Korean papermaking to fill that gap. Continue reading “Artist Talk & Demo: The Art of Korean Paper”