Summer 2015

wk_summerheaderThere’s nothing like getting your hands in a vat of cool water and pulp for a papermaking class, playing with color creating monotypes, working on a new book structure or creating a poster with cool type on the Vandercook. No matter your interests, we’ve got something for you!

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Summer 2015Workshops

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One Day Workshops | Extended Workshops

About Our Instructors

One-Day Workshops

introbookBeginning Bookbinding
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $75,  Donor Price $67.50
Sat., May 16, 10 a.m to 3 p.m. with lunch break

Making a hardcover book is a lot easier than you think. Learn to sew and bind one by hand! Participants will use traditional materials and book cloth to create a handmade journal. 

Price: $75.00 No longer available.


wk_letterpressIntroduction to Letterpress
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $75,  Donor Price $67.50
Sat., May 23, 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 how to set lead type and print on a letterpress. Participants should bring a short poem or quotation to work with.The opportunity to learn from Katie, a professional printer and artist, will help you decide if a future, longer class is for you. 

Price: $75.00 No longer available.


wk_newstaraccordionStar Accordion Books
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35,  Donor Price $31.50
Tues., June 9, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make a star accordion book that can be the foundation for a future art book or scrapbook. You’ll learn how to construct a traditional hardcover for your book, which will allow it to stand open for display purposes, or closed for safekeeping. This book structure is simple but looks complex. Books created will stand 5” x 5” when closed but will extend a few feet when completely open.  Beginners welcome. 

Price: $35.00


wk_posterPosters on the Vandercook
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $75,  Donor Price $67.50
Sat., June 13, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to acquire a collection of wonderful old wooden type. The type is beautiful on its own but it’s meant to be used! This large type is great for creating posters on our Vandercook letterpresses. Spend a day piecing letters together to make posters that can decorate your home or advertise your next event! 

Price: $75.00


wk_pastepaperThe Art of Paste Painting                                                    NOW A LONGER CLASS!
Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo / Price $75,  Donor Price $67.50
Sat., June 27, 10:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Paste painting is a surface design technique using tools to move colored paste and create beautiful decorative paper.  This is usually a half day class but we’ve added more time for play, experimentation and style development. Students are encouraged to bring acrylic paints in favorite colors, combs, chunky rubber stamps, or any other mark making objects. The papers you create can be used for collage, cards, mixed media and more. These sheets also make super book covers and can be used in most of our bookbinding classes. Come experiment with us! 

Price: $75.00


wk_gelliprintGelatin Printing and a Flag Book                                     NEW CLASS!
Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo/ Price $75,  Donor Price $67.50
Sun., June 28, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Monoprinting on gelatin plates is all the rage in the world of mixed media. Learn how to make beautiful simple (or more complex prints) using paint, stencils, mark making tools and the plate. Then you’ll showcase some of your prints in an intriguing flag book presentation. You’ll have time to create extra prints for use for other projects like books, collage, greeting cards and more. To enhance the experience students are encouraged to bring acrylic paints in favorite colors, chunky rubber stamps, fine tip markers, and stencils. 

Price: $75.00


wk_openbookOpen Book Studio
Instructor: KBAC Staff / Price $75,  Donor Price $67.50
Tues, July 7, 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! 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


Instructor: Elizabeth King / Price $75,  Donor Price $67.50
Sat., July 18, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Encaustigraphics look like stained glass, but with only a fraction of the weight. Easy to make with readily available materials, they can be cut, pierced and shaped into flat or structural forms with simple methods like hand or machine sewing, wiring or taping. The best part is that you can use any image to create them – photographs, drawings, paintings, sketchbook details or just abstract colors and designs. This class will teach you the basic method for making e*graphics and then explore ways to use them in colorful, luminous works of art like books, window hangings, jewelry or sculptures. Experienced students can bring their own images to work with, or explore various armatures for displaying their creations. Visit for more information. 

Price: $75.00


wk_pastelIntroduction to Pastels
Instructor: Melody Allen /Price $35,  Donor Price $31.50 
Thurs., July 23, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The beauty of pastels is undeniable. How are they layered? How do you get such detail? How? How? How? If you’ve thought of giving pastels a try then Playing with Pastels is a great opportunity. In this new KBAC class local artist Melody Allen will introduce basic pastel techniques that can be used to suit your individual style. This class will give you the confidence to pursue pastels further in your art explorations. 

Price: $35.00


Box Building with a Hinged Lid                                         NEW CLASS
wk_boxInstructor: Katie Platte/ Price $75,  Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, July 25, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Boxes are made for holding stuff. Afterall, how many do you have in your basement filled with a variety of junk and labeled with a marker? The boxes in this class are much, much different! You’ll create your own beautiful, small (4” x 6”) box suitable for holding something extra special: photos, jewlery, a momento, a gift. You will build the box with book board and glue and then finish it with book cloth and decorative papers. Unlike other box building classes at the KBAC this one will feature a hinged lid. Keep this special box or give it away 

Price: $75.00


newcopticCoptic Binding
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis/ Price $75,  Donor Price $67.50
Sat. August 8, 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Coptic stitch binding originated in Egypt, and dates back to the 2nd century AD. This style of binding allows all stitch-work to be visible and incorporated into the overall design while also allowing the book to lay open flat or even stand open to a full 360°. Ideal for journaling, sketching or as a field notebook, these books have a multitude of uses. Choose from the KBAC’s selection of decorative paper to use on your cover, or bring along paper you’ve created in one of our other workshops. 

Price: $75.00


Long-Stitch Binding

Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35,  Donor Price $31.50
Tues, August 11, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Learn how to bind a book using the long and chain-stitch technique, a binding that dates all the way back to medieval Germany. Who would’ve thought this style would still look as hip today? With this method, the paper sections of your book will be sewn directly through the spine, allowing your stitch-work to be visible and incorporated into the overall design. Beginners welcome. 

Price: $35.00


wk_newstabbindingJapanese Stab-binding
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35,  Donor Price $31.50
Tues., August 18, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Learn how to create your own Japanese stab-bound book. This style binding allows all stitch-work to be visible and incorporated into the overall design.  Books made will have hinged hardcovers allowing the book to open easily from front or back. Choose from the KBAC’s selection of decorative paper to use on your cover, or bring along paper you’ve created in one of our other workshops. 

Price: $35.00


Extended Workshops


Woodcut by Joe Vanderbos

Japanese Woodblock Printing
Instructor: Mary Brodbeck / Price $200,  Donor Price $180
Saturday, June 20, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 21, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Japanese woodblock prints – rich in history, influence, and popularity – are made much the same way today as they were 400 years ago. Appreciation of their delicate beauty, ranges of textures and values, as well as their timeless, low-tech simplicity, endures. Participants in this 14 hour workshop will learn the basics of carving and printing with the Japanese methods and materials – and also the basics of color registration. We will make a two color, 5” x 7” print – Mary recommends that one of the colors is black (sumi ink) because that has the biggest punch. Participants should bring a simple two color drawing to fit within a 5” x 7” matrix. All materials and tools will be included in the class fee. And if everything works out, we will make enough prints in the class to share with one another.  All levels are welcome. 

Price: $200.00


wk_paperThe Basics of Papermaking
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $140,  Donor Price $126
Mon., July 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_letterpress_0Letterpress Printing
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $165,  Donor Price $148.50
Weds., July 29, August 5, 12, 19 & 26, 6­:00 to 9:00 p.m.

For more than 500 years—before the invention of the computer—books were produced from metal type, set, and printed by hand. In this five-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. 

Price: $165.00

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