WinterCMYK2018Winter/Spring 2018 Class Catalog

At the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, we love sharing our knowledge of traditional arts like papermaking, printmaking, book binding, letterpress, 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 our open studio session. Our small classes can be adapted for beginners or more advanced students.

In March, we’re so excited to welcome Jen Ferrell of StarShaped Press. This Chicago artist will be showing her work in our gallery for the months of March and April. To kick off this exhibition she’ll be sharing some of her tips and tricks with students in a one-day workshop on March 3rd. This is a rare opportunity to work with an artist and letterpress veteran that promotes the idea that antique metal and wood type is certainly not too limiting for beautiful design.

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Winter/Spring Workshops

About Our Instructors 

preasure printPrint: Pressure Printing Fun                   NEW CLASS
Instructor: Katie Platte/ Price $75, Donor price $67.50
Saturday, January 27, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A pressure print is made by printing a piece of paper with a textural collaged surface behind it. A block of type-high wood is set in the press bed and inked. The higher areas behind the paper have more pressure and register as darker that the lower places. This technique makes a soft and subtle image different from the graphic lines of a relief print.  Students will spend time making textured collage to use as a printing plate and then use the press to print in color or black and white. 

Price: $75.00


Print: Relief Printed Valentine Cards and Artwork                           NEW CLASS
Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, February 3, 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 Valentine 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


wk_rosepaperPaper: Introduction to Papermaking                                                            
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, February 10, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For years the KBAC has offered a 4-week Basics of Papermaking workshop (scroll down to for more on this) but maybe you want to see if papermaking is for you before committing to a longer class. Here’s your chance. In this workshop, you will learn about the materials, fibers and tools you need to successfully make paper. You’ll form sheets and begin to play with colored pulps and inclusions. Instruction will be flexible enough for beginners and experienced papermakers to use the time, facility and material to create the types of paper you find most interesting and useful. 

Price: $75.00


begincallig_0Calligraphy: Beginning Calligraphy – Italic                                      
Instructor: Lisa LeBlanc / Price $99, Donor price $89.10
Thursdays, February 15, 22 and March 1, 15, 22, 29, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Explore the art of beautiful writing in this introduction to Italic calligraphy. This is a great class for beginners but all levels are welcome. We will look at the terms, tools and materials used to create this elegant and popular style, and learn the basics of both lower and upper-case letterforms. We will explore practical applications such as creating holiday or greeting cards, addressing envelopes, making bookmarks or place cards, and lettering poems or quotations. Students will create a small final project to showcase their work.  Materials may be purchased from the instructor at the first class.  

Price: $99.00


platteBookbinding: Accordion Book
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $35, Donor price $31.50
Sunday, February 18, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In preparation for “The Illustrated Accordion” exhibition held in May, we will explore three varieties of accordion book. You will start with a simple folded accordion book with a unique folded cover. We will then make a star accordion that pops open with panels which are folded and glued together. The third book will be a traditional accordion book with a hinged hard cover. Each of these books can be made blank and made with materials that are provided, but they are also perfect for showcasing your own decorative and handmade papers. 

Price: $35.00


starshapedPrint: Ornamental Letterpress Workshop                                          GUEST ARTIST
Instructor: Jen Farrell / Price $95, Donor price $85.50
Saturday, March 3, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This one-day workshop is designed to explore the patterns and expressive nature of metal type ornament; it can accent letterpress design work or function as stand-alone imagery. Students will create keepsake prints ranging from simple one-color pieces to more intricate two-colored prints, based on ability. Common problems in letterpress composition will be addressed, as well as the aesthetic challenges that some type presents. We’ll look at tips and tricks to get the best results from both new and old metal type. Prior experience is helpful but not required and you’ll go home with the work you create. 

Price: $95.00


wk_paperPaper: The Basics of Papermaking
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $140, Donor Price $126
Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

During this four-week workshop, we will use the papermaking process to create unique, expressive art. We will use colored pulp, fibers, and collage elements to make works suitable for framing. During the last session, we will create a sewn book form and folio from paper created in previous weeks.  Both experienced papermakers and beginners are welcome! 

Price: $140.00


wk_copticBookbinding: Coptic Stitch
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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. Beginners welcome. 

Price: $75.00


wk_openbook_0Bookbinding: Open Book Studio
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $25, Donor Price $22.50
Wednesday, March 14, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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


lorriePaper: Textured Handmade Paper: Drying without a Press                         NEW CLASS                
Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Handmade paper is typically dried under a weight so it stays flat and can be used in books, collage, cards and more. However, there is another way! Students will pull sheets of paper, create impressions in the sheets with a variety of tools and then dry on boards so the texture remains. The result is an almost 3-dimensional look on a 2-dimensional surface. Beginners will learn the basics of papermaking while experienced paper artists will add another papermaking technique to their repertoire. 

Price: $75.00


elizabethCreate: Poetry and Performance                                                                    NEW CLASS
Instructor: Elizabeth Kerlikowske / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sunday, March 18, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Note: Date has changed)

Performing your poem is the final step in the writing process. A poem is not done until it’s heard by others.  In this workshop, we will do two things: we will look at improving a couple of poems that you have already written, and then we will work on their presentation.  Attention will be paid to voice, eye contact, pacing, and introductions. You will need to come with two poems that need work, or one that needs work and one that you just want to perform better. A poetry reading is not just standing up there and reading; it really is performance. 

Price: $75.00


grootPaper: Pulp Painting Intensive
Instructor: Donna Groot / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, March 31, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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_suminagashiSurface Design: Suminagashi Paper Marbling
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Monday, April 9, 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


wk_letterpressPrint: Letterpress Printing
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $140, Donor Price $126
Mondays, April 9, 16, 23 & 30, 6­:00 to 9:00 p.m.

For more than 500 years—before the invention of the computer—books were produced using metal type which was set, and printed by hand. In this four-week workshop we will explore these traditional techniques handed down from Gutenberg. Please bring a poem or short piece of text to the first session. New students will learn the basics of hand setting lead type and printing on a Vandercook press. Both beginning and advanced students will have time to work on a project of their choice, such as cards with letterpress quotations, a poetry broadside or an inspirational poster.  

Price: $140.00


Dry brush caligraphy smallCalligraphy:  Pointed Brush                        NEW CLASS
Instructor: Marijo Carney / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Come and learn the versatility and freedom of the pointed brush in making letterforms! Brush lettering has many applications. It is used in graphic design as well as individual expression in any form. Participants will advance through practicing individual pressure release strokes to learning a brush alphabet. Materials will be provided for a $15 fee payable to the instructor on the day of the class. 

Price: $75.00


wk_suminagashistabboundBookbinding: Hardcover Japanese Stab Binding
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Monday, April 30, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In this class, students will learn how to create their own Japanese stab bound book with a hinged hardcover. In most binding styles, sheets of paper must first be folded before sewn together into a book format. The advantage of a stab binding is that loose sheets of paper can be directly piled together in one ‘block’ then sewn together. Typically, Japanese stab bound books have soft covers, but in this workshop, you will learn to create a hinge in your hard covers allowing the book to open easily while maintaining the integrity of the book’s contents. All materials provided, but students are free to bring decorative papers for their own projects as well. Beginners welcome. 

Price: $35.00



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