Related Arts

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.


Seven-Pocket Chinese Thread Book

with Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesday, April 21; 7–9pm CT

Originating in Northern China, the Chinese Thread Book or Zhen Xian Bao, was traditionally used to store thread, needles, and other embroidery materials. Constructed with printed cotton, the original thread book was designed to contain numerous interlocking compartments (or pockets) that open to remove or store items and collapse flat when not in use for efficient storage. Continue reading “Seven-Pocket Chinese Thread Book”

Photographing Your Artwork at Home

with Joanna Manning
Tuesdays: May 4, 11; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Documenting artwork is increasingly important as we find ourselves more reliant on digital platforms like social media and websites to share art. Images are also a crucial element in proposals to exhibit, teach, and sell artwork. In this virtual workshop, learn how to set up a basic photo lab at home using low-budget lighting equipment and natural light. Continue reading “Photographing Your Artwork at Home”

A Satisfaction of Movable Mechanisms

with Shawn Sheehy
Wednesdays: May 5, 12, 19, 26; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Think back to the last time you picked up a movable card. You moved the mechanism back and forth, soothed and satisfied by the movement. You wished there was a collective noun for movable cards. Well, there is! Join seasoned paper engineer Shawn Sheehy in building a SATISFACTION of ten movable mechanisms that demonstrate a wide range of movement possibilities. Continue reading “A Satisfaction of Movable Mechanisms”

Introduction to Traditional French Pochoir

with Kitty Maryatt
Tuesdays and Thursdays: May 18, 20, 25, 27; 6–9pm CT

This workshop takes place in coordination with Drop Dead Gorgeous: Fine Bindings of La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation, a virtual exhibition.

Inspired by Sonia Delaunay’s magnificent imagery in her 1913 book, La Prose du Transsibérien, participants will be introduced to pochoir (pronounced po-shwar), a traditional French stenciling technique using aluminum plates, French pochoir brushes, and gouache. Continue reading “Introduction to Traditional French Pochoir”

Hand-Lettering in the Physical and Digital World

with Joanna Manning
Wednesdays: June 2, 9; 7–9pm CT

Designed for those with interest in exploring American penmanship, this virtual workshop begins with a brief history of calligraphy and writing instruments. Instruction will cover paper position, pen-holding posture, penmanship exercises, and practice with margin and spacing design. After hand lettering a design with an ink pen, scan the finished design and learn how to edit and share your design digitally. Continue reading “Hand-Lettering in the Physical and Digital World”

Mixed Media Sketchbook

with Emma Freeman
Thursdays: June 3, 10, 17; 7–9pm CT

Breathe new life into your book collection by turning existing books into sketchbooks. Explore a variety of mixed media artmaking techniques including painting, mark-making, collaging, drawing, and writing to create dynamic art on each page. This virtual workshop is an invitation to play and experiment with mixed media techniques to expand and deepen your abstract artmaking and mixed media language. Continue reading “Mixed Media Sketchbook”

Introduction to Traditional French Pochoir

with Kitty Maryatt
Tuesdays and Thursdays: August 3, 5, 10, 12; 6–9pm CT

This workshop takes place in coordination with Drop Dead Gorgeous: Fine Bindings of La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation, a virtual exhibition.

Inspired by Sonia Delaunay’s magnificent imagery in her 1913 book, La Prose du Transsibérien, participants will be introduced to pochoir (pronounced po-shwar), a traditional French stenciling technique using aluminum plates, French pochoir brushes, and gouache. Continue reading “Introduction to Traditional French Pochoir”