Workshops: Fall 2016fall2016small

Temperatures and leaves will start to fall soon. Along with the change of seasons why not begin a transformation of your own with a class at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. For students that have taken classes here before we have ten new classes to pique your interest giving you many different and exciting ways to make more paper, more books and more prints.  For new students we always offer several introductory workshops and, of course, you’re always encouraged to give the other classes a try as well. So, if you’re going on a trip and want to make your own case bound travel journal or if you have a project that needs just the right paper bead embellishment or if you’ve been wanting to give calligraphy a try, we have the class for you.
To register call 269-373-4938, pay by mail with this enrollment form (coming soon), or register online using your credit card or PayPal account. All card and account details are handled securely through PayPal.

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One-Day Workshops

wk_rosepaperPaper:  Introduction to Papermaking
Instructor:  Kim Hosken Eberstein/ Price $75, Donor price $67.50
Sat., September 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For years the KBAC has offered a 4-week Basics of Papermaking workshop 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 No longer available.


wk_copticBookbinding:  Coptic Stitch
Instructor:  Katie Platte/ Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sun., September 25, noon to 5:00 p.m.

The Coptic-bound book dates back almost 2,000 years, originating in Egypt and utilized by the Copts. This style of binding uses a chain link stitch along the exposed spine of the book, creating a beautiful herringbone pattern while allowing the finished book to lay open flat, making this form of bookbinding ideal for journaling or sketching. For your cover, choose from KBAC’s selection of decorative paper, or bring along your own to further personalize your book. Beginners welcome. 

Price: $75.00 No longer available.


wk_egraphCreate:  E*graphics for 2- and 3-D Creations
Instructor:  Elizabeth King/ Price $75, Donor price $67.50
Sat., October 8, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The encaustigraphic (or e*graphic) process uses encaustic wax and archival inks to create a lightweight, luminous material that not only transmits color like stained glass, but can also be easily cut and shaped into flat or structural forms. Plus, you can use any image you like—drawings, paintings, photos, collages, sketchbook details, or just abstract colors and designs— to make a material that has endless possibilities for experimentation. Learn how to make this innovative art material and then explore its use in both flat and structural creations. We’ll work with provided samples, as well as any images you’d like to bring, and then discuss possibilities for books, luminarias, sculpture, mobiles and more. For examples of e*graphics in action, visit

Price: $75.00 No longer available.


introbookBookbinding:  Casebound Travel Journal
Instructor:  Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sun., October 9, noon to 5:00 p.m. with break

In honor of the October exhibition featuring books from Italy we’re offering a workshop where you will learn, step-by-step, how to create an attractive hardcover travel journal with front and back pockets! 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_suminagashiCreate:  Suminagashi Marbling
Instructor:  Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Tues., October 11, 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 No longer available.


paper-bead-sampleCreate:  Exploring Paper Beads
Instructor: Barb Stewart / Price $35, Donor price $31.50
Sat., October 22,  1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

Paper beads are fun and easy to make. In this workshop you’ll explore making beads that have different shapes from what you have traditionally seen in the stores, on Pinterest or maybe even from what you have already made.  We’ll start with the traditional paper bead then quickly move onto making more interesting varieties. You’ll learn lots of short cuts and tips including what tools to use, what mandrels are best and how they relate to the final purpose of your bead, and methods for applying the protective final coating. You’ll leave with a variety of unique paper beads and the knowledge to reproduce them on your own at home. And of course, we’ll have good time while we are together! 

Price: $35.00 No longer available.


dosadosBookbinding: Dos-à-dos binding
Instructor:  Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sun., October 23, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Dos-à-dos, or in English ‘back-to-back’, is a binding style that combines two separate books into one double binding. Two text blocks (the ‘meat’ of the book) share covers, creating a striking structure that is viewable one side at a time. Students will learn French and Coptic stitching to sew their text blocks together, creating a non-adhesive binding that will allow their books to lay flat. This is a sewing-intense binding, and some prior experience with sewing is helpful but not mandatory. All materials provided, but students are free to bring decorative papers for their own projects as well. 

Price: $75.00 No longer available.


createcallig_0Create:  Creative Calligraphy Workshop
Instructor:  Marijo Carney/ Price $75, Donor price $67.50
Sat., October 29, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This class is for those students who already have an understanding of the Italic hand but want to  develop individuality and style in their lettering. You will be encouraged to manipulate letter forms to promote maximum expression. New tools, colored media, and papers for executing calligraphy will be demonstrated and playing with forms will be encouraged. A supply list will be made available prior to the class. 

Price: $75.00


Print:  Relief Printed Holiday Cards
Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo / Price $75, Donor price $67.50
Sat., 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 painted backgrounds 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: $35.00


wk_plannerBookbinding:  Weekly Planner
Instructor:  Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., December 3, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Start getting organized while learning a new skill – bookbinding! In this workshop, students will bind their own weekly planner, which will feature 52 week’s worth of dates. This organizer will also include a closure mechanism to make sure your pages stay neat and clean during the year. An exposed binding will be completed using the French Link and Coptic stitch techniques. These books will measure 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. 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

Extended Workshops

Write/Print:  Haiku and Letterpress
Instructor:  Sally Padley & Katie Platte / Price $90, Donor Price $81
Thurs., September 15, 22 and 29, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A typical haiku is a contemplative three-line poem with just 17 syllables, little or no punctuation, and a focus on nature. Students will create original haikus during the first two weeks of the class. In week three you’ll set one of your haikus in antique metal type and use our presses to print the poem. This new and exciting class takes you from a kernel of an idea to a finished poster in just three weeks! 

Price: $90.00 No longer available.


begincalligCreate:  Beginning Calligraphy
Instructors:  Marijo Carney and Lisa LeBlanc/ Price $140, Donor price $126
Wed., September 21 and 28 & October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 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.


wk_paper Paper:  The Basics of Papermaking
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $140, Donor Price $126
Mon., October 3, 10, 17 and 24, 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 No longer available.


wk_letterpressPrint:  Letterpress Printing
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $165, Donor Price $148.50
Thurs., October 6, 13, 20, 27 & November 3, 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 No longer available.


grootPaper:  Exploring Pulp Painting

Instructor:  Donna Groot/Price $110, Donor Price $99
Sat., October 15, 10:00 – 4:00 with a lunch break & Sun., October 16, noon – 5:00 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 No longer available.


elizabeth2Write:  Not Your Whitman’s Sampler:  A Writing Workshop

Instructor: Elizabeth Kerlikowske / Price $90, Donor Price $81.50
Monday., November 7, 14, 21, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Topics considered will be humor writing, prose poems, collage and ekphrastic writing, revision, and other topics of interest to the specific students. In-class writing, out-class writing, and critiques. It’s everything you want; you get to stick your finger in each candy! 

Price: $90.00

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