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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!  

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Summer 2017 Workshops

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Summer 2017 Workshops

introbookBookbinding: Casebound Travel Journal
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, June 10, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. including break

Learn, step-by-step, how to create an attractive hardcover book with a back pocket! Students will measure, cut, and assemble their own components to create a hardcover book. Skills covered in this class include kettle-stitching and correctly measuring the spine and boards for case bindings. The small size of this class makes sure each student has one-on-one time with the instructor so everyone walks away with a book they can be proud of. You may bring your own decorative paper to further personalize your creation, or choose from the assortment that KBAC will provide. Beginners welcome.

Price: $75.00 No longer available.


wk_suminagashistabboundBookbinding: Hardcover Japanese Stab Binding
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Tuesday, June 13, 6 p.m. to 9 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 No longer available.


begincalligCalligraphy: Beginning Calligraphy
Instructors: Marijo Carney and Lisa LeBlanc/ Price $140, Donor Price $126
Wednesdays, June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12 & 19, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Italic is the ornate and decorative hand lettering style that most people think of when they hear the word “calligraphy.” In this six-week class, you will learn calligraphic terms, use of tools, and how to write the Italic hand. There will be a focus on lower case and an introduction to capital letters. Basic skills taught will culminate in a small finished piece. Materials will be purchased from instructor at first class. 

Price: $140.00 No longer available.


portfoliocCreate: Build your own Artist Portfolio                    NEW CLASS
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Saturday, June 17, 1 p.m. to 4 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 No longer available.


lorriesclassCreate: Mixed Media Techniques – Everything but the Kitchen Sink!           NEW CLASS!
Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo/ Price $75, Donor Price $61.50 
Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A key to success in mixed media is knowing how to use your materials to get certain effects.  In this class you’ll learn how to put texture in your work using a variety of mediums. You’ll play with different mark making tools and paints. You’ll experiment with different additive and subtractive techniques. You’ll even make your own acrylic paint. By the end of the day you will have made a sample sheet of each method and bound them into a stab book for future reference. Great class for beginners and more advanced students because there are always new ways to play! 

Price: $75.00 No longer available.


ekfunfunfunWriting: Play All Day: A Mixed Media Adventure                               NEW CLASS
Instructor: Elizabeth Kerlikowske / Price $75, Donor Price $61.50                          Sunday, June 25, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 We will spend the day interweaving writing, collage, and the transformation of household objects. Materials provided. And you can bring objects you’d like to reconfigure. Devil may care attitude helpful but not required. For aural, visual and hands-on learners.


Price: $75.00 No longer available.


jeffslongclassBookbinding: Book Arts for Everyone!                NEW CLASS

Instructor: Jeff Abshear / Price $165, Donor Price $148.50
Thursdays, June 29, July 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There was a time when books were more mysterious. Where did they come from? They could only be produced by people in distant printshops or factories. They seemed to drop out of the sky! But now, with community workshops like the KBAC, everyone can make a book! This is a class for anyone who wants to produce a small edition of books, whether poetry, a short story, a children’s book, or an artist’s book. We will work with both letterpress and digital printing, do some hand papermaking, include simple relief prints, and bind the books by hand. Each participant will conclude the workshop with a small edition of books. 

Price: $165.00


wk_rosepaperPaper: Introduction to Papermaking
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 3 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


monoprintPrint: Experimenting with Monoprints                      NEW CLASS
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Experiment with monoprints in this relaxing class. Students will apply ink onto plexiglass with brayers, paint brushes and other tools and then transfer the image onto paper by running it through a press. You will also make prints using stencils and prints created in layers by printing one image on top of another. The resulting images could be like an oil painting or might be abstract colors and patterns suitable to use as decorative paper. 

Price: $75.00


wk_paperPaper: The Basics of Papermaking
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $140, Donor Price $126
Mondays, July 17, 24, 31 & August 7, 6 p.m. to 9 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


grootPaper: Exploring Pulp Painting                    NEW CLASS AND INSTRUCTOR!
Instructor:  Donna Groot/Price $110, Donor Price $99
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a lunch break & Sunday, July 23, Noon to 5 p.m.

This weekend we will explore a variety of painting techniques with brushes, transfers, drawing tools, and stencils to make images with finely beaten colored pulp. We’ll start the weekend 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!

Price: $110.00


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



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