Youth and Family Classes

Youth and family classes allow kids and their adults to work side-by-side to create fun and unique books, handmade paper, and printmaking projects.

Explore the techniques and tool used in the world of book arts. MCBA’s family and preschool classes support literacy and pre-literacy skills, develop manual dexterity, and spark a lifelong love of books and art. Our age ranges are listed below.

Both child and adult will receive a set of materials for each project. Each pair may choose to work side-by-side and independently complete two projects, or they may work together using one set, and take the other set home. Children ages 9 and up may take family workshops with an adult or independently.

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

Siblings, cousins, grandparents — bring the whole family! Additional participants (children or adults) are always welcome; simply click the registration button for the class, then you can select the number of additional participants. If registering additional children, please include their name(s) and age(s) in the field provided during Step 2 of the registration check-out process.

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.

Youth & Family Classes

Dirty Works for Kids: Stamps for Mail Art

Dirty Works for Kids: Stamps for Mail Art
with Olli Johnson
Saturday, September 8; class 1-3pm

Make your own handmade stationery including unique envelopes, printed postcards, and a stamp while learning about the history and culture surrounding mail art.

Join us for Dirty Works for Kids, MCBA’s new series of second-Saturday classes for youth 7-12 years old. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend, but must register separately.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: September 8, 2018

Preschool Fall Session: Wacky Food Books

Preschool Fall Session: Wacky Food Books
Thursday, October 4; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

Adult/child pair: $15 ($13.50 members) + $2 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $8 ($7 members) + $1 supply fee

Get a jump on literacy in interactive preschool book arts classes with Ellen Ferrari. Children and adults work together to make paper, print patterns, shapes and letters and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each class begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools and processes will also be introduced. Dress for mess.

Register for a single class or an entire four-class session at a reduced rate

All sessions:

Fall Session: 4 Thursdays: October 4–25, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
October 4 Wacky Food Books
October 11 Object Printing Crazy Shapes
October 18 Printing Press ABCs
October 25 Papermaking Fall

Register

Price: $28.00

Date: October 4, 2018

Preschool Fall Session: Object Printing Crazy Shapes

Preschool Fall Session: Object Printing Crazy Shapes
Thursday, October 11; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

Adult/child pair: $15 ($13.50 members) + $2 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $8 ($7 members) + $1 supply fee

Get a jump on literacy in interactive preschool book arts classes with Ellen Ferrari. Children and adults work together to make paper, print patterns, shapes and letters and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each class begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools and processes will also be introduced. Dress for mess.

Register for a single class or an entire four-class session at a reduced rate

All sessions:

Fall Session: 4 Thursdays: October 4–25, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
October 4 Wacky Food Books
October 11 Object Printing Crazy Shapes
October 18 Printing Press ABCs
October 25 Papermaking Fall

Register

Price: $28.00

Date: October 11, 2018

Dirty Works for Kids: Pop-up Dragons

Dirty Works for Kids: Pop-up Dragons
with Olli Johnson
Saturday, October 13; class 1-3pm

Create a dragon pop-up and design a fantasy home that is the perfect environment for your dragon.

Join us for Dirty Works for Kids, MCBA’s new series of second-Saturday classes for youth 7-12 years old. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend, but must register separately.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: October 13, 2018

Printing! Printing! Printing!

Printing! Printing! Printing!
with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, October 13; 10am–12 noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Sit in a circle for Shape Spotters by Megan E. Bryant and print pictures with geometric shapes. Print patterns with crazy objects. Print recipe cards with fruits and vegetables. Print bookmarks with an alphabet stamp you make. And print with a stamp that rolls down the table! Dress for mess.

Join Ellen Ferrari for Saturday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into book arts projects. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning.

Adult/Child pair: $32 ($29 members) + $6 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $16 ($14.50) + $3 supply fee

Register

Price: $14.50

Date: October 13, 2018

Preschool Fall Session: Printing Press ABCs

Preschool Fall Session: Printing Press ABCs
Thursday, October 18; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

Adult/child pair: $15 ($13.50 members) + $2 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $8 ($7 members) + $1 supply fee

Get a jump on literacy in interactive preschool book arts classes with Ellen Ferrari. Children and adults work together to make paper, print patterns, shapes and letters and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each class begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools and processes will also be introduced. Dress for mess.

Register for a single class or an entire four-class session at a reduced rate

All sessions:

Fall Session: 4 Thursdays: October 4–25, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
October 4 Wacky Food Books
October 11 Object Printing Crazy Shapes
October 18 Printing Press ABCs
October 25 Papermaking Fall

Register

Price: $28.00

Date: October 18, 2018

Preschool Fall Session: Papermaking Fall

Preschool Fall Session: Papermaking Fall
Thursday, October 25; 1:30–2:30pm

For families with children ages 3-5

Adult/child pair: $15 ($13.50 members) + $2 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $8 ($7 members) + $1 supply fee

Get a jump on literacy in interactive preschool book arts classes with Ellen Ferrari. Children and adults work together to make paper, print patterns, shapes and letters and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each class begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools and processes will also be introduced. Dress for mess.

Register for a single class or an entire four-class session at a reduced rate

All sessions:

Fall Session: 4 Thursdays: October 4–25, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
October 4 Wacky Food Books
October 11 Object Printing Crazy Shapes
October 18 Printing Press ABCs
October 25 Papermaking Fall

Register

Price: $28.00

Date: October 25, 2018

Dirty Works for Kids: Silly "WANTED" Posters

Dirty Works for Kids: Silly "WANTED" Posters
with Erin Holt
Saturday, November 10; class 1-3pm

Do you ever cheat on board games or sneak cookies? Use a printing press to create a "WANTED" poster of yourself.

Join us for Dirty Works for Kids, MCBA’s new series of second-Saturday classes for youth 7-12 years old. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend, but must register separately.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: November 10, 2018

Printed Holiday Notecards

Printed Holiday Notecards
Saturday, November 24, 12:30-4:00 pm
For families with children ages 6 and up

Embrace your holiday spirit by making your own cards this year! Adult/child(ren) pairs will create notecards with a festive image and letterpress greeting, while learning to use the platen and Vandercook presses. Students will design their own holiday images and choose text from a variety of messages.

Adult/Child pair: $50 ($45 members) + $10 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $25 ($22.50) + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $22.50

Date: November 24, 2018

Dirty Works for Kids: Handmade Paper Ornaments

Dirty Works for Kids: Handmade Paper Ornaments
with Erin Holt
Saturday, December 8; class 1-3pm

Make a collection of 3D ornaments with colorful paper pulp and sparkly inclusions to hang on your tree or in your room.

Join us for Dirty Works for Kids, MCBA’s new series of second-Saturday classes for youth 7-12 years old. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend, but must register separately.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: December 8, 2018

Magical Kingdom of Book Arts

Magical Kingdom of Book Arts
with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, December 8; 10am–12 noon
For families with children ages 2 and up

Rally royalty for Jean Gralley’s Yonderfel’s Castle and then build a pop-up castle book of your own! Make a magic wand-on-a-stick book for your court magician. Fold a dragon book as tall as you to guard the drawbridge. And create a crown-in-your-pocket book to wear at your court occasions.

Join Ellen Ferrari for Saturday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into book arts projects. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning.

Adult/Child pair: $32 ($29 members) + $6 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $16 ($14.50) + $3 supply fee

Register

Price: $14.50

Date: December 8, 2018

Holiday Paper Crafts

Holiday Paper Crafts
Saturday, December 8, 10am-12noon
For families with children ages 6 and up

Work in the paper studio with colorful paper pulp and sparkly inclusions to create unique decorations for the holiday season.

Adult/Child pair: $50 ($45) + $10 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $25 ($22.50) + $5 supply fee

Register

Price: $50.00

Date: December 8, 2018