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


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 No longer available.


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 No longer available.


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 No longer available.


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_posterPosters on the Vandercook
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., August 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Price: $75.00



introbookBeginning Bookbinding
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $75,  Donor Price $67.50
Sun., August 16, Noon 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


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


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 No longer available.


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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