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“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do”

There is real truth in these words by Walt Disney. This fall the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center is pleased to offer many classes that will interest curious adults and older teens. The schedule introduces several brand new classes like 3D Papermaking, Calligraphy, Introduction to Altered Books and a more advanced bookbinding class called French Link Stitch Journal with Closure.  Of course, we’re not forgetting some of our most popular classes like Papermaking, Coptic Stitch, Paper Marbling and Letterpress. No matter your interests, we’ve got something for you! Don’t forget to use our easy, online registration.

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Fall 2015Workshops


About Our Instructors

One-Day Workshops


wk_turkishmarblingpublicdomainIntroduction to Turkish Paper Marbling                                         NEW CLASS
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Tues., November 3, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ebru marbling produces vivid swirled patters of color on paper. Diluted acrylic paints are dropped on the surface of thickened water (using carrageenan) then the colors are combed through in a variety of directions, creating a ‘floating picture’ of intricate designs. In this class, you’ll learn the preparation process as well as basic patterns in paper marbling such as the stone marble, nonpareil, gel-git, Italian vein and others. 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.

FULL.  Please see Suminigashi class for another marbling option


wk_calligraphyitalicIntroduction to Calligraphy – Italic                          NEW CLASS
Instructor:  Lorrie Grainger Abdo / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Thurs, November 12, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We now read the written word with the help of a keyboard and printer; however, the beauty of hand lettering is timeless, elegant and deserves our attention. In this hands-on workshop, students will learn the basics of Italic, a very popular lettering style developed in Italy around the Renaissance. It is graceful, legible and used for many lettering applications including invitations, journaling and artwork. In one evening you’ll become acquainted with the font and the calligraphy tools needed to write beautifully. 

Price: $35.00 No longer available.



wk_deliSew Much Fun with Deli Paper
Instructor:  Joanne Huffman / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sun., November 8, Noon to 5:00 p.m.

This workshop offers so much to play with: paint, paper, cutting, sewing, embellishing and more. Students will paint deli paper (it’s translucent yet indestructible!), make strips with the papers, sew the strips to a background, cut the background into shapes, embellish with beads and, if desired, adhered to a painted canvas. Sewn papers could also be used for book covers and further collage. This will be a day of experiment and play. Students will leave with at least one finished piece. 

Price: $75.00 No longer available.


wk_copticCoptic Stitch
Instructor:  Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., November 21, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. including break

The coptic-bound book dates back almost 2,000 years, originating in Egypt and used by the Copts. This style of binding uses a chainlink-stitch along an exposed spine, creating a book that is ideal for journaling or sketching as the pages lay completely flat when opened. For your cover, choose from KBAC’s selection of decorative paper, or bring along your own to further personalize your book. 

Price: $75.00 No longer available.


wk_altered-bookIntroduction to Altered Books                                                                           NEW CLASS
Instructor:  Joanne Huffman / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., December 5, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Summer 2015 brought amazing altered books into the exhibition space at the KBAC and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Now it’s your turn to give it a try. Altering books gives damaged or discarded books new life and meaning. This class will introduce you to a variety of mixed media techniques such as collaging, stitching, cutting doors and windows, adding tags and inserts, making tip-ins, and adding embellishments. Work on one, or start several (gives you something to do while waiting for things to dry). This class is a great start for a new creative outlet. 

Price: $75.00


wk_frenchlinkclosureFrench Link Stitch Journal with Closure                    NEW CLASS
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sun., December 6, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. including break

This class will utilize both French-link and Coptic stitch-work for the exposed spine of your journal. We’ll also learn how to create a hinged folding closure and how to incorporate closing mechanisms for a seamless finish. You may bring your own decorative paper, closure buttons, or book cloth to further personalize your creation, or choose from the assortment that KBAC will provide. Some very basic experience with bookbinding or sewing patterns required. 

Price: $75.00



Extended Workshops



3-Dimensional Paper                                                                                        NEW CLASS
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $120, Donor Price $108
Sat., November 14, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. & Sun., November 15, Noon to 5:00 p.m.

This two-day class will allow students to explore a new dimension in paper…the third.  The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination!  We will explore various casting techniques, the possibilities of armatures, and ideas involving the assembly of paper to create three-dimensional forms.  If you have in interest in sculpture as artistic expression, and the unique qualities of paper as a way to bring that expression to fruition, this class is for you.  Beginners and advanced paper makers are welcome. 

Price: $120.00 No longer available.

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