Workshops

 

Fall 2017 Class Catalog

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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. We like to think that our passion is contagious so give something new a try or refresh your own knowledge or come play in one of our open studio sessions. Our small classes can be adapted for beginners or more advanced students.

In October, we’re so excited to welcome back Shawn Sheehy, a Chicago-based paper engineer and pop-up artist.  He will be speaking at WMU on Thursday, October 5, opening his show Bestiaries and Herbiaries: The Pop-Ups of Shawn Sheehy here at the KBAC on Friday, October 6 during Art Hop, and then teaching two one-day workshops over the weekend also here at the KBAC. You will not want to miss seeing his work and the opportunity to learn from one of the best.

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Fall Workshops

About Our Instructors

gothicimageCalligraphy: Introduction to Gothic Hand Lettering                                    
Instructor: Lisa LeBlanc/ Price $99, Donor price $89.10
Thursdays, September 21, 28 & October 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Gothic is one of the oldest and most popular of hand lettering styles. In this six-week class, you will learn the basics of this dramatic and decorative alphabet–upper and lower case letter construction, spacing, and basic layout, with a look at historical and contemporary uses. Students will apply their new skills to create a finished piece. Materials may be purchased from the instructor at the first class. 

Price: $99.00
 

 

wk_suminagashistabboundBookbinding: Hardcover Japanese Stab Binding
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Monday, September 25, 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
 

 

wk_rosepaperPaper: Introduction to Papermaking
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, September 30, 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
 

 

trilliumpopupCreate: Pop-Up Wildflower Greeting Cards: Spring Set                   NEW CLASS

Instructor: Shawn Sheehy / Price $80, Donor Price $72.00.
Or take both of Shawn’s classes for $150, Donor price $135
Saturday, October 7, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Extend the season by spending a day making paper flowers! In this one-day workshop, you will learn various paper engineering techniques while you build this collection of native wildflowers, including bloodroot, jack-in-the-pulpit, trillium, and columbine. All tools and materials will be provided. No experience is necessary, but binding and/or paper craft skills will speed your progress. To extend the experience, you might consider signing up for the Summer Set, too! 

Price: $80.00
 

Sign up for Saturday and Sunday (Spring and Summer set): 

Price: $150.00
 

 

blackeyedsusan_smallCreate: Pop-Up Wildflower Greeting Cards: Summer Set               NEW CLASS

Instructor: Shawn Sheehy / Price $80, Donor Price $72.00.
Or take both of Shawn’s classes for $150, Donor price $135
Sunday, October 8, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Extend the season by spending a day making paper flowers! In this one-day workshop, you will learn various paper engineering techniques while you build this collection of native wildflowers, including black-eyed susan, violet, prickly-pear cactus, and waterlily. All tools and materials will be provided. No experience is necessary, but binding and/or paper craft skills will speed your progress. To extend the experience, you might consider signing up for the Spring Set, too! 

Price: $80.00
 
Sign up for Saturday and Sunday (Spring and Summer set): 
Price: $150.00

 

introbookBookbinding: Casebound Book
Instructor: Jeff Abshear / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. including break

Learn, step-by-step, how to create an attractive hardcover book. 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
 

 

wk_paperPaper: The Basics of Papermaking
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $140, Donor Price $126
Mondays, October 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 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_gelliprintCreate: Gelli Plate Printing Open Studio                                                       NEW CLASS
Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo/ Price $75, Donor Price $61.50 
Sunday, October 22, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Gelli-Plate printing is all the rage in the world of mixed media. If you know how to print on a gelatin plate (Gelli Printing) come make use of Lorrie’s knowledge and supplies, as well as bringing your own, and print, print, print. If you’ve not printed using this method before you can join us and give it a go. Beautifully simple (or more complex) prints using paint, stencils, mark making tools and the plate are easily attainable. 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. 

Price: $75.00
 

 

PortfolioclassCreate:  Build your own Artist Portfolio                                                      
Instructor:  Katie Platte / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Saturday, October 28, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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
 

 

grootPaper: Pulp Painting Intensive                                                           NEW CLASS
Instructor: Donna Groot/Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sunday, October 29, noon to 5:00 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_openbook_0Bookbinding: Open Book Studio ;
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $25, Donors $22.50,
Wednesday, November 1, 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 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
 

 

decorativeletterCalligraphy: The Decorated Letter >NEW CLASS
Instructor: Marijo Carney/ Price $75, Donor price $67.50
Sunday, November 5, noon to 5:00 p.m.

This class is intended for anyone who is interested in manuscripts, calligraphy, or just loves to doodle. It will provide methods for drawing, and inspiration for embellishing versals, which are the letters found at the beginning of a verse, section, or chapter of a manuscript. This class will offer a wealth of resource information for monograms, quotations, greeting cards, or any project that would be enhanced by a decorative letter.

There will be a $15 material fee payable to the instructor on the day of the class. 

Price: $75.00
 

 

teabagCreate: An Evening of Art and Tea          NEW CLASS
Instructor: Joanne Thieme Huffman / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Tuesday, November 7, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In this new and exciting mixed media class, you’ll be making art from teabags. Teabags, naturally died in the brewing process, provide a wonderful patina to begin your projects and the possibilities endless from there. Projects include ornaments, bookmarks, sachets, books, and collages. Bring your favorite markers or paints to use on these small canvases. Enjoy a cup of tea and make some art. Joanne will provide tea bags (feel free to bring extras) and basic supplies. 

Price: $35.00
 

 

wk_letterpressPrint: Introduction to Letterpress
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, November 11, 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 what it is, how it is done and you’ll actually do it!  Bring in a short poem or quotation and then learn to set antique metal type and print it on one of our Vandercook letterpresses. This opportunity will help you decide if a future, longer class is for you.  

Price: $75.00
 

 

Print:  Relief Printed Holiday Cards and Artwork                                          
Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sunday, November 12, 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 holiday 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
 

 

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Surface Design: Suminagashi Paper Marbling
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Monday, November 13, 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
 

 

 

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