Printing

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.


Alternative Printmaking at Home

with Rosae Reeder
Saturdays: April 17, 24; 9am–12pm CT

This virtual printmaking workshop focuses on using accessible materials to make prints and embellish existing art projects. Explore several techniques including packing tape transfer, Matte Medium transfer, watercolor monoprint, and Gelli plate printing. All of these processes can be done safely at home without caustic materials, chemicals, or printing presses. Continue reading “Alternative Printmaking at Home”

Printing Monotypes on Fabric

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Wednesday, April 28; 6–8pm CT

Print monotypes on fabric that celebrate spring! In this single-evening virtual workshop, learn about gel plate printing with plants, stencils, paintbrushes, and materials from around your home. Build skills, experiment, and create a set of prints to brighten your space, with instructors available to guide you through the process and answer questions. Continue reading “Printing Monotypes on Fabric”

Print, Fold, Cut! Three Playful Techniques for Bookmaking

with Rachel Church
Tuesdays: June 1, 8, 15; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Learn a set of at-home techniques and structures for creating engaging artist’s books with little surprises such as storage compartments, peek-through cut-outs, and custom patterned paper. First, learn how to print patterned papers using simple, inexpensive supplies at home. Continue reading “Print, Fold, Cut! Three Playful Techniques for Bookmaking”

Intermediate Screen Printing at Home

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Thursdays: June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1; 6–8pm CT; Print Lab Sundays: June 6, 13, 20, 27; 6–7pm CT

This project-driven virtual workshop will build on the methods, techniques, and procedures learned in the workshop Intro to Screen Printing: DIY Studio Setup. Gain fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to confidently explore and experiment within the medium of screen printing, including registration methods and techniques, repeat printing on fabric, mixing inks with transparent base to get “extra” colors, printing effectively at home, making your life easier with tools like Cricut, and planning for successful screen prints with all of the above. Continue reading “Intermediate Screen Printing at Home”

Eco-Printing with Plants

with Joanna Manning
Wednesday, June 16; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Add all-natural embellishments to fabric by printing with plant materials! In this virtual workshop, learn about natural dyes and the different colors they produce under varying amounts of significant pressure (for instance, using a hammer to apply pressure). Instruction will cover the elements of design (line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space) and principles (balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity/variety). Continue reading “Eco-Printing with Plants”

Printing Monotypes on Fabric

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Thursday, July 8; 6–8pm CT

Print monotypes on fabric that celebrate summer! In this virtual workshop, learn about gel plate printing with plants, stencils, paintbrushes, and materials from around your home. Build skills, experiment, and create a set of prints to brighten your space, with instructors available to guide you through the process and answer questions. Continue reading “Printing Monotypes on Fabric”