Related Arts

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.

Block Printing on Paper and Fabric

with Elaine Chu
Tuesday, May 24; 4:30–6:30pm CT

In this virtual workshop, design and carve your own custom block prints using a clever transfer technique. Then, learn how to print your block on both paper and fabric. The materials kit includes a set of cards, a drawstring bag, and a zip pouch, all of which can be printed with your unique design. Come away from the workshop with knowledge and skills to continue printing independently with blocks on paper and fabric! Continue reading “Block Printing on Paper and Fabric”

Forage Against the Machine

with Anna Haglin
Thursdays: June 2, 9, 16; 6–9pm CT

This in-person workshop combines urban foraging with bookbinding. Take a field trip to the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park (a four-block walk from MCBA) to identify and ethically harvest wild plants. Then, head back to MCBA’s studios to learn how to press plants and execute two herbarium-friendly bindings: the side-stab structure and a screw post album. Grow your plant identification skills as you incorporate pressed plants into your new bindings. Continue reading “Forage Against the Machine”

Printing with the Sun: Nature Cyanotypes

with Emma Freeman
Wednesdays: June 15, 22, 29; 7–8:30pm CT

Learn how to make cyanotypes and explore how the process can deepen your relationship to the natural world. Instruction includes history of the technique and a survey of artists who use it in unique ways. Learn how to treat paper and fabric with light sensitive emulsion to produce different effects and how to create one-of-a-kind prints (or monoprints) outside in the sun with organic objects and materials found in the natural world. Find inspiration in nature poetry and generative prompts to create from an intuitive, open state of mind. Then, explore ways to combine the process with other artistic mediums including natural dyeing using black tea and coffee. This virtual workshop will be a blend of step-by-step demonstrations, lecture, discussion, and time to work and ask questions. Continue reading “Printing with the Sun: Nature Cyanotypes”

Design Your Own Paper Flowers

with Yuka Petz
Tuesday, June 21; 6–9pm CT

Celebrate the first day of summer by designing stunning paper flowers! In this virtual workshop, learn techniques to transform two-dimensional paper into elegant and organic three-dimensional flowers. After establishing foundational skills, we will develop our own individual models together in the workshop so you come away with expertise to create a whole paper garden of your own design. Participants should bring reference images of a flower they want to create. Continue reading “Design Your Own Paper Flowers”

Constellation of Paper Stars

with Yuka Petz
Tuesday, June 28; 6–9pm CT

Let’s spend an evening together making paper stars to brighten the spaces around us! In this virtual workshop, learn to make four styles of paper stars that can hang from the ceiling, string together in a garland, embellish a gift, or brighten a window. Bring your favorite decorative papers and paper scraps to craft your own constellations. See the materials list (linked below) for more information on what to bring. Continue reading “Constellation of Paper Stars”

Digital Resources for Printmakers and Illustrators

with Camilo Aguirre
Saturdays: July 9, 16, 23, 30; 1–3pm CT

Designed for illustrators and visual artists, this virtual workshop explores software programs and websites that best support digital image creation (raster and vector) and editorial software for laying out publications. Tour various free online applications, open source software, and the Affinity Suite and get introduced to ways of sketching, color systems, and printing capabilities within these programs. The workshop will focus on the following programs: Krita, Affinity Design, and Affinity Publisher, and will provide an overview of Vectornator (iPad), Procreate (iPad), Inkscape, Separation Studio (Mac), and Scribus. Other open source and freeware resources such as image banks, brush banks, vector archives, and other resources will also be shared. Continue reading “Digital Resources for Printmakers and Illustrators”

Pop-Up Curious? Explore Dimension!

with Shawn Sheehy
Tuesday, July 26; 6–9pm CT

Do you look at pop-up books and wonder how they are engineered? Do you make greeting cards and harbor the desire to make your cards more spectacular? Do you make artist’s books and yearn to introduce dimension and animation? Even if you are simply compelled to read this description, you might be POP-UP CURIOUS. This class—with a focus on dimension—will explore the fundamentals of paper engineering that address pop-ups. You’ll build a series of simple models using the tools, techniques, and materials of the trade. You’ll examine trade pop-up books that show how the structures have been used. When finished, you’ll bind your models into a simple case. This quick beginner class is an entertaining gateway into more advanced study. All are welcome! Continue reading “Pop-Up Curious? Explore Dimension!”

Stamp, Sketch, Type: Mark-Making on Fabric

with India Johnson
Wednesday, August 10; 6–8pm CT

Learn foundational techniques in drawing, stamping, and typewriting on fabric that are core to India Johnson’s book and textile art. This virtual workshop will focus on generating freehand marks, patterns, lettering, and line work on muslin and/or linen. These techniques can be used for books and artwork, as well as incorporated into craft projects. Be ready to experiment and play–we’ll make samplers to build a vocabulary of marks. Continue reading “Stamp, Sketch, Type: Mark-Making on Fabric”

Pop-Up Curious? Explore Movement!

with Shawn Sheehy
Wednesday, August 17; 6–9pm CT

Do you look at pop-up books and wonder how they are engineered? Do you make greeting cards and harbor the desire to make your cards more spectacular? Do you make artist’s books and yearn to introduce dimension and animation? Even if you are simply compelled to read this description, you might be POP-UP CURIOUS. This class—with a focus on movement—will explore the fundamentals of paper engineering that address movables (pulls and wheels). You’ll build a series of simple models using the tools, techniques, and materials of the trade. You’ll examine trade pop-up books that show how the structures have been used. When finished, you’ll bind your models into a simple case. This quick beginner class is an entertaining gateway into more advanced study. Continue reading “Pop-Up Curious? Explore Movement!”