Preschool Workshops

MCBA offers select book arts workshops for preschoolers, ages 2–6, and their adult caregivers. In these workshops, preschoolers grow their interest in books and visual arts and feel pride as they engage in artmaking in a book arts studio regularly accessed by working artists. Ellen Ferrari leads these workshops and designed the curriculum to meet preschoolers where they are both developmentally and with their interests in mind.

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Printing for Preschoolers: Shapes, Letters, Patterns!

with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, March 16; 10am–12pm CT

Circle around with friends to read Shape Spotters by Megan E. Bryant. Print pictures with geometrically shaped objects. Print patterns with wacky objects. Print placemats with fruits and vegetables. Print bookmarks with an alphabet stamp you make. Print a table runner with a stamp you make that rolls! Dress for mess.

In this in-person workshop, preschoolers get to work with a printing press, learn about type (used to print letters) and the parts of a printing press, and build fine motor skills using scissors and stylus. Preschoolers also grow their interest in books and visual arts and feel pride as they engage in artmaking in a book arts studio regularly accessed by working artists. Ellen designed this workshop to meet preschoolers where they are both developmentally and in their interests. Continue reading “Printing for Preschoolers: Shapes, Letters, Patterns!”

Bookmaking for Preschoolers: Book Worms!

with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, April 13; 10am–12pm CT

Gather for The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle and play a bug game. Learn some simple book structures and then make a bunch of bug books including very long “M-fold” worms, fluttering “stick binding” butterflies, pop-up spiders, swarming “flag book” bees, and surprising “hidden slot” ants! No bug nets required.

In this in-person workshop, preschoolers learn the parts of a book, work with tools like bone folders and glue sticks, and build fine motor skills by folding basic preschool book structures. They also grow their interest in books and visual arts and feel pride as they engage in artmaking in a book arts studio regularly accessed by working artists. Ellen designed this workshop to meet preschoolers where they are both developmentally and in their interests.

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