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What will 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?). 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!

Of special note is Carol Parker, our guest artist, who coming to Kalamazoo to share her talents. Carol will be teaching a bookbinding class never offered here before as well as an exciting mixed media journaling class. Take the bookbinding class and then use the book you’ve made to keep your thoughts and artistic ideas!

Take that first step and join us in the studio.   Register by mail using this form, online or call 269-373-4938.

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Winter/Spring 2017 Workshops

About Our Instructors

One-Day Workshops

accordionBookbinding: Accordion Books                                 NEW CLASS
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

In preparation for “The Illustrated Accordion” exhibition held in May, we will explore three varieties of accordion book. You will start with a simple folded accordion book with a unique folded cover. We will then make a star accordion that pops open with panels which are folded and glued together. The third book will be a traditional accordion book with a hinged hard cover. Each of these books can be made blank and made with materials that are provided, but they are also perfect for showcasing your own decorative and handmade papers.    

Price: $35.00 No longer available.  


gothicimageCalligraphy: Introduction to Gothic Hand Lettering                          NEW CLASS
Instructors: Lisa LeBlanc / Price $140, Donor price $126
Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 & March 2, 9, 16, 6 p.m. to 8 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: $140.00 No longer available.  


introbookBookbinding: Casebound Travel Journal
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, February 4, Noon to 5 p.m. including break

Learn, step-by-step, how to create an attractive hardcover book 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_paperPaper: Introduction to Papermaking
Instructor:Lorrie Abdo/ Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, February 18, 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 No longer available.  


wk_suminagashiSurface Design: Suminagashi Paper Marbling
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Tuesday, February 21, 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.  FULL


decoartivepaperPrint:  Decorative Papers on the Letterpress                                     NEW CLASS
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Print your own decorative papers to be used in small projects such as book binding, box making or greeting cards. The KBAC’s letterpress collection is filled with ornamental pieces of type and borders that can be used to print decorative paper. You will use these blocks to create a single design. You will print copies of each design in a single color and then the experimentation can begin. You will even be able to make multi-colored pages by using rainbow rolls and by layering prints. You will go home with a small stack of 9 x 12 inch printed papers.  

Price: $75.00 No longer available.  


wk_rosepaperPaper: The Basics of Papermaking
 Price $140, Donor Price $126
Monday, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6 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  


wk_suminagashistabboundBookbinding: Hardcover Japanese Stab Binding
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Wednesday, March 8, 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, students will learn to create a hinge in their 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_frenchlinkBookbinding: French Link and Coptic
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sunday, March 12, Noon. to 5 p.m. including break

Exposed bindings are hot right now! You’ll find many Coptic-bound books out there, but not nearly as many that also feature the French-link, which makes this style book stand out from the rest. This style of binding uses Coptic stitching along the top and bottom of the book’s spine (creating a beautiful herringbone pattern), with French-link stitch work along the middle. Exposed bindings allow the finished book to lay open flat, making this style of book 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  


wk_openbook_0Bookbinding: Open Book Studio
Instructor: Jeff Abshear / Price $25, Donor Price $22.50
Tuesday, March 14, 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.  

Price: $25.00  


decorative-book-workshopBookbinding: Decorative Bookmaking                                  GUEST INSTRUCTOR
Instructor: Carol Parker / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Using patterned papers and colorful threads you’ll construct an eye-catching handmade book. We will discuss papers, peruse examples of similar book structures, and learn the step-by-step instructions for designing and assembling a book sewn on tapes. Your finished book will lie completely flat when opened, so it’s great for writing, drawing, or visual journaling.  

Price: $75.00  


visual-journal-collage-bannerCreate: Mixed-Media Journaling: Honoring Your Creative Genius       GUEST INSTRUCTOR
Instructor: Carol Parker / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sunday, March 19, Noon to 5 p.m.

Unleash your ideas with visual journaling! Experience a mixed-media blast where you will brainstorm ideas and learn strategies to inspire creativity. Try lettering, transfers, collage, printmaking, and more! Whether you want to reinvigorate your journaling practice, or start from the beginning, this class is for you. Bring your own blank book and favorite supplies, and/or use papers and materials provided.  

Price: $75.00  


wk_letterpress_0Print: Letterpress Printing
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $140, Donor Price $126
Wednesday, April 12, 19, 26 & May 3, 6 p.m. to 9 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: $140.00  


pastepaint Surface Design: The Art of Paste Painting                 NOW A LONGER CLASS
Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sunday, March 26, Noon to 5  p.m.

Paste painting is a surface design technique that uses mark making tools to manipulate pigmented paste to create beautiful decorative paper. These sheets, like marbled papers, can be used in books, collage, cards and more. This is usually a half day class but we’ve added more time for play, experimentation and style development.  Students are encouraged to bring acrylic paints in favorite colors, combs, chunky rubber stamps, or any other mark making objects. Come experiment with us!  

Price: $75.00  


tasteofcallig_0Calligraphy: Taste of Calligraphy
Instructors: Marijo Carney and Lisa LeBlanc/ Price $75, Donor price $67.50
Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a lunch break

This class introduces the styles, history, and use of calligraphy as an art form. The instructors will exhibit framed calligraphic art, present images of historical and contemporary calligraphy, and demonstrate the various calligraphic styles, tools, and media that result in a finished calligraphic piece.  Students will then try their hand at making Italic letterforms.  Class fee includes all materials.  

Price: $75.00  


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