Fall 2017 Class Catalog


Waterlily, Shawn Sheehy

At the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, we love sharing our knowledge of traditional arts like papermaking, printmaking, book binding, creative writing, paper marbling, calligraphy and more. We like to think that our passion is contagious so give something new a try or refresh your own knowledge or come play in one of our open studio sessions. Our small classes can be adapted for beginners or more advanced students.

In October, we’re so excited to welcome back Shawn Sheehy, a Chicago-based paper engineer and pop-up artist.  He will be speaking at WMU on Thursday, October 5, opening his show Bestiaries and Herbiaries: The Pop-Ups of Shawn Sheehy here at the KBAC on Friday, October 6 during Art Hop, and then teaching a one-day workshop over the weekend at the KBAC. You will not want to miss seeing his work and the opportunity to learn from one of the best.

Register online or call 269-373-4938.

Households who donate over $35 receive a year long, 10% discount on enrollment fees and store purchases.

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Fall Workshops

About Our Instructors

PortfolioclassCreate:  Build your own Artist Portfolio                                                      
Instructor:  Katie Platte / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Saturday, October 28, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Make a hard-bound portfolio to hold 11” x 14” prints. Members of the Alchemy Artists and Writers Collective may take this class in order to make a decorative and functional portfolio to house the suite of prints created by the group. The public is invited to join the class to make a portfolio for large photographs, documents or prints. Book board will be included in the price of the class, but because of the size of the portfolio a materials fee will be charged for book cloth and decorative papers. The fee will depend on the materials chosen from the KBAC store. If preferred, students may bring their own materials to complete this project. 

Price: $35.00


grootPaper: Pulp Painting Intensive                                                           NEW CLASS
Instructor: Donna Groot/Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sunday, October 29, noon to 5:00 p.m.

This class explores a variety of pulp painting techniques using brushes, transfers, drawing tools, and stencils to make images with finely beaten colored pulp. If you’ve experienced the frustration of trying to control the paint squirting out of a ketchup bottle then these techniques will really be exciting because you are in charge of the results. You’ll start by forming sheets of handmade paper. Then, while the paper is still wet, you will begin painting with colored pulps. The paintings combine the substrate and the colored pulp into one piece. Both experienced papermakers and beginners are welcome! This class can be taken on its own or combined with our other papermaking classes. 

Price: $75.00


wk_openbook_0Bookbinding: Open Book Studio ;
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $25, Donors $22.50,
Wednesday, November 1, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

This open studio experience allows you to use all of the KBAC equipment and instructor knowledge to complete a book that you’ve got in your UFO pile at home. No, we’re not talking about space aliens.  We mean those UnFinished Objects. Get those books done and maybe give it as a gift?!? Bring in a book (or two) and get help turning them into beauties with purpose rather than just paper with intention. Supplies, if needed, will be available for purchase in the KBAC store. 

Price: $25.00


decorativeletterCalligraphy: The Decorated Letter >NEW CLASS
Instructor: Marijo Carney/ Price $75, Donor price $67.50
Sunday, November 5, noon to 5:00 p.m.

This class is intended for anyone who is interested in manuscripts, calligraphy, or just loves to doodle. It will provide methods for drawing, and inspiration for embellishing versals, which are the letters found at the beginning of a verse, section, or chapter of a manuscript. This class will offer a wealth of resource information for monograms, quotations, greeting cards, or any project that would be enhanced by a decorative letter.

There will be a $15 material fee payable to the instructor on the day of the class. 

Price: $75.00


teabagCreate: An Evening of Art and Tea          NEW CLASS
Instructor: Joanne Thieme Huffman / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Tuesday, November 7, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In this new and exciting mixed media class, you’ll be making art from teabags. Teabags, naturally died in the brewing process, provide a wonderful patina to begin your projects and the possibilities endless from there. Projects include ornaments, bookmarks, sachets, books, and collages. Bring your favorite markers or paints to use on these small canvases. Enjoy a cup of tea and make some art. Joanne will provide tea bags (feel free to bring extras) and basic supplies. 

Price: $35.00


wk_letterpressPrint: Introduction to Letterpress
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, November 11, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Back in the day (pre-typewritter/computer/smart phone) letterpress was the only way words could be printed onto paper. Now it is an artform. This class will give you a taste of what it is, how it is done and you’ll actually do it!  Bring in a short poem or quotation and then learn to set antique metal type and print it on one of our Vandercook letterpresses. This opportunity will help you decide if a future, longer class is for you.  

Price: $75.00


Print:  Relief Printed Holiday Cards and Artwork                                          
Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sunday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In this fun, experimental class you will create several stamps out of a very soft and easily carved material. You’ll create stamps with patterns and singular images as well as play with different backgrounds and thermal embossing to design holiday cards and artwork. This will all be done without a press. The techniques learned in this class can be used at home for hours of additional creativity and can be simplified to include children in the process. 

Price: $75.00



Surface Design: Suminagashi Paper Marbling
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Monday, November 13, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Suminagashi, ‘floating ink’ in Japanese, is the first known marbling technique with earliest examples dating back to the 12th century. This style of paper marbling uses very few tools and materials with beautiful results easily achieved by people of all ages. Using paintbrushes, inks are applied to the surface of water where they float freely and swirl around each other. Paper is then gently placed atop the water and peeled back, revealing a marbled print. Each student will leave this class with a stack of marbled papers that can be used for books, boxes, cards, wrapping paper or other handmade projects. 

Price: $35.00


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Paper: Make Hanji: Korean sheet formation
Guest Instructor: Aimee Lee/ Price $100, Donor Price $90
Saturday, December 2,  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In this workshop, students will learn the process of making hanji (Korean paper) from raw paper mulberry bark. By working together, students will complete various steps to prepare raw materials for sheet formation in both heullim tteugi and gadum tteugi techniques. Bark considered too tough to make paper will be transformed into bark laHanji making workshop webce for fiber, sculpture, and book applications. This class is ideal for those with papermaking experience who want to learn new methods of forming paper, and for students interested in hanji’s history and folklore. 

Price: $100.00


paperfusionwebPaper: Paper Fusion: Combine and Texture Paper with Joomchi
Guest Instructor: Aimee Lee/ Price $125, Donor Price $112.50 (includes materials fee)
Sunday, December 3,  Noon. – 5:00 p.m.

The amazing qualities of hydrogen bonding will be revealed as students use water and elbow grease to texture and fuse handmade papers. Two types of Paper Fusion webhanji (Korean paper) will be provided for experimentation as students learn to manipulate a sheet of paper so that it mimics fabric, and to “felt” paper with joomchi, a Korean technique. Students will also transform paper into paper thread for future fiber applications. 

Price of $125 includes $25 Materials fee


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