Winter/Spring 2015



The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center’s newest class offerings will take us from Winter into Spring. In this short, four month span, when Michigan goes from icey to in-bloom, you can explore a variety of papermaking, printmaking and surface design workshops. Try new bookbinding techniques like Long-Stitch and Star Accordion Binding, or come to the Open Book Studio to finish a project or review what you learned from a previous class. To solve the question of what to put in a book, we have poetry and journal writing classes. Shake off the winter doldrums and welcome the wonders of spring this year with a class at the KBAC!

Classes make great gifts for the creative people on your list. Join us on Facebook for class updates and pictures too.

To register you can call 269-373-4938, pay by mail by printing out this registration form, or use our easy, online registration.

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Members receive a 10% discount on enrollment fees and store purchases. More benefits are explained on the Membership section of our Support pages. Annual membership fees are:
$35 for individuals; $65 for families; $20 for seniors; $20 for students

Gift Certificates


Letterpress & handmade paper gift certificates

Classes at the KBAC make great gifts! Not sure of your friends’ schedule? We can send you a gift certificate, or stop in and pick one up during our Holiday Sale.

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(Gift Certificates bought online will be mailed to the purchaser’s address. Please call 269-373-4938 to have us send it to another address.)


Winter/Spring 2015Workshops

Our Instructors

One-Day Workshops


Beginning Bookbinding

Beginning Bookbinding
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Saturday, January 31, 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

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.

No longer available.



Handmade Boxes

Box Building for Something Special                                                                     NEW CLASS
Instructor: Katie Platte/ Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Saturday, February 7, 10 a.m. to 3 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 box suitable for holding something extra special: photos, jewlery, a momento, a gift. You will choose your box dimensions, build it with book board and glue, then finish it with decorative papers. It will be yours to keep or give away. Then, you’ll have the ability to build another one, and another one and… 



Open Book Studio

Open Book Studio  1                                      NEW CLASS
Instructor: KBAC Staff / Members $22.50, Non-members $25 each session
Wednesday, February 11, 6 p.m. to 9 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. 



Gelli print

Gelatin Printing Play Day
Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo/ Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Saturday February 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gelli-Plate printing 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. You’ll have time to create many prints for use in projects like books, collage, greeting cards and more. To enhance your experience you are encouraged to bring acrylic paints in favorite colors, chunky rubber stamps, fine tip markers, and stencils. 



Kozo Vessels

Kozo Vessels: Using Papermaking Fiber Sculpturally                                       NEW CLASS
Instructor: Sandie Timmer/ Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sunday, February 22, Noon to 5 p.m.

Kozo is a versatile fiber used for centuries in eastern papermaking. After the fiber is cooked, but before it is beaten into a pulp, it also has unique qualities that allow it to be pulled into lacy sinew-like strands which can be formed into interesting vessel shapes. Join us for an afternoon of making your own natural kozo vessels. Bring several bowls to use as forms. 



Intern Maddie using the letterpress

Introduction to Letterpress                                                     NEW CLASS
Instructor: Katie Platte / Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Saturday, February 28, 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 for new students will give you a taste of what letterpress printing is, how it is done and you’ll actually do it! Bring a short poem or quotation and then, using antique metal type, you’ll set your type and print it on one of our presses. The opportunity to learn from Katie, a professional printer and artist, will help you decide if a future, longer class is for you. 




Instructor: Elizabeth King/ Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This class was offered for the first time in 2014 and we had so much fun it’s being offered again! 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. 




Playing with Pastels                                                            NEW CLASS AND INSTRUCTOR
Instructor: Melody Allen/ Members $31.50, Non-members $35
Wednesday, March 18, 6 p.m. to 9 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.


Finding Your Creative Voice                                               NEW CLASS AND INSTRUCTOR
Instructor: Joan Larsen/ Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Do you love art but aren’t sure where to go next? Through journaling, this workshop will help you explore your creative journey – past, present and future! You’ll work on finding and focusing on your artistic abilities. You’ll discover your artistic messages. And, in finding your creative voice, you’ll move forward in your artistic journey. 



Long stitch binding

Long-Stitch Binding                                                                                     NEW CLASS
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Members $31.50, Non-members $35
Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m. to 9 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. 



Open Book Studio

Open Book Studio 2                                        NEW CLASS
Instructor: KBAC Staff / Members $22.50, Non-members $25 each session
Wednesday, April 8, 6 p.m. to 9 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. 



Paper Marbling

Paper Marbling  
Instructor: Sandie Timmer / Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch break

Marbling is a technique used for decorating paper and other surfaces by floating color on a viscous solution and then transferring that color onto a treated paper. In this class you will receive step-by-step instruction on how to make the basic historic marbling patterns and also be given opportunity to experiment with creating new ones. You will go home with your own decorated papers as well as with all the information you need to begin marbling on your own. 


 Extended Workshops


Star Accordion

Star Accordion Books
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Members $81, Non-members $90
Mondays, January 19, 26, and February 2, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

During this workshop you will receive an introduction to woodcut printing that will be used to illustrate the multiple panes of your own star accordion book. Other printing methods may be explored. You will create traditional book covers that allow the book to stand open for display purposes, or closed for safekeeping. This book structure is simple but looks complex. Using your own prints makes it extraordinary. Beginners welcome. 

No longer available.


Poetry and Practical Writing for Artists                            NEW CLASS AND INSTRUCTOR
Instructor: Elizabeth Kerlikowske/ Members $81, Non-members $90
Mondays, February 9, 16 and 23, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Close attention to language is the focus of this class. Each session will include poetry writing, a short critique session, then a lesson with exercises in either titling, writing proposals, artist statements, general elements of writing style, or whatever your language concerns might be. This is a very hands on approach with a knowledgeable, insightful and patient instructor. All writers, and wannabe writers, are welcome! 



Reduction Woodcut

Introduction to Woodblock Reduction Printmaking                              NEW CLASS
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Members $126, Non-members $140
Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Students will learn reduction printmaking, a method that allows a single woodblock to print a multi-layered image. Students will carve and print a two-layer image that will result in an edition of prints. This workshop will conclude with a print exchange between students (each participant will leave with collection of prints from fellow classmates). Beginners welcome. 




Stab Binding

Introduction to Monoprinting and Japanese Stab-Binding                             NEW CLASS
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Mondays, March 23 and 30, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

During this workshop you will receive an introduction to mono-printing techniques; prints made will be used to cover the inside and outside of your own hardcover Japanese stab-bound book. Beginners welcome. 



Handmade Paper

The Basics of Papermaking
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Members $126, Non-members $140
Mondays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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




Woodcut by Mary Broadbeck

Japanese Woodblock Printing
Instructor: Mary Brodbeck / Members $180, Non-members $200
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 by making their own 5″ x 7″ two color print. All level welcome and all tools and supplies are included.





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