Origami, Calligraphy, & Design Classes

MCBA offers classes for adults on a wide variety of topics and at all skill levels, from total beginner to seasoned expert. Supply fees cover workshop materials and expendable studio supplies such as solvents, rags, waste disposal, safety supplies and small tools. Sales tax is included in the total.

Adult classes are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Core Certificate or Advanced Certificate in Book Arts; more information is available on the Certificate Programs page.

Register ONLINE using the buttons below, IN PERSON at The Shop at MCBA, or BY PHONE at 612-215-2520.

Please make every effort to register at least one week in advance of any class. Decisions about whether to cancel a class or add a section are typically made one week prior to the start of the class. If online registration for a class is not available, you may call The Shop at 612-215-2520 to inquire about availability or put your name on a waiting list in case of any cancellations. Our complete registration and cancellation policies are available here.
 
 
**This page contains a list of all adult origami, calligraphy, and design classes. Alternatively, visit the following pages for other adult classes:

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Origami, Calligraphy, & Design Classes

Folded Secrets: Chinese Thread Book Version III

Folded Secrets: Chinese Thread Book Version III
with Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesday, July 25; 6-9pm

Originally made of fabric, the thread book was used as a sewing kit to carry thread, needles, and scraps of material. The thread book is unique, fun and useful, with many compartments in which to store small treasures. Learn how to fold this book and use it as a fancy card, a place to keep your favorite paper ephemera (samples of special paper or color swatches), as an insert on an altered book, or whatever you dream up. Feel free to bring your own lightweight papers.
Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 7/4/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 25, 2018

Creative Liberties in Hand-Lettering

Creative Liberties in Hand-Lettering
with TJ Goerlitz
Monday, August 13; 6-9pm

Take your cursive or handwriting to the next level in this one night class by exploring pens in various nib sizes and colors. Experiment with tips and tricks to liven up your letters. This is intended for exploration, not technical mastery. Bring your own journal and an assortment of your favorite pens.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B or D

$55 ($50 members) + $5 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 7/23/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: August 13, 2018

Introduction to Design: Drawing for the Terrified

Introduction to Design: Drawing for the Terrified
with Sheila Asato
Wednesdays, August 15, 22, 29, September 5, 12; 6-9pm

This class is for anyone who has ever wanted to draw but has been afraid to start! Through a series of fun exercises, you will explore the fundamentals of drawing while learning to see the world in a whole new way. It’s never too late to begin!

Certificate: 18 hours, Category A; fulfills Core design requirement

$290 ($260 members) + $35 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $230, valid through 7/25/18

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Price: $290.00

Date: August 15, 2018

Dirty Works: Origami - Day of the Dead Skull

Dirty Works: Origami - Day of the Dead Skull
with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, October 5; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn to fold an origami skull to create a three-dimensional Day of the Dead portrait. Decorate your paper to create patterns on the skull, and make accessories such as hats, flowers, and bowties to dress up your creations!

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: October 5, 2018

Dirty Works: Origami - Stars

Dirty Works: Origami - Stars
with Kathleen Sheridan
Friday, December 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn the basics of folding while making a variety of origami stars which can be used as ornaments or strung together to create a garland.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: December 7, 2018