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What will the longer days of summer 2017 will bring for you? Maybe you’re thinking of exploring some new ways to express yourself.  Or, maybe you’d like to work on a skill that has proven difficult to master. Or, maybe you just need a day of fun (who doesn’t?) on a staycation. 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. Our small classes can be adapted for beginners or more advanced students. We like to think that our passion is contagious!  

Register online or call 269-373-4938.

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Summer 2017 Workshops

About Our Instructors 


StarbookBookbinding: Star Book  Summer Vacation                                         NEW CLASS!
Instructor:  Jeff Abshear/ Price $75, Donor Price $61.50 
Saturday, August 12, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Have you been on a trip recently? Or is there a place you’re longing to go? Choose some vacation photos, or find some online of your dream destination, and print them out from your computer. Bring them to the KBAC and we will make star books out of them! These are unique star-shaped pop-up books that contain colorful three-dimensional dioramas. These amazing books will send your imagination off to far-away places. Take a vacation, make a star book!

Price: $75.00


wk_letterpressPrint: Introduction to Letterpress
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, August 19, 10 a.m. to 3 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, using antique metal type, you’ll set your type and print it on one of our Vandercook  letterpresses.  The opportunity will help you decide if a future, longer class is for you. 

Price: $75.00


wk_suminagashiSurface Design: Suminagashi Paper Marbling
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Tuesday, August 22, 6 p.m. to 9 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 No longer available.
 Sorry, this class is full. 



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