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“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do”

There is real truth in these words by Walt Disney. This fall the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center is pleased to offer many classes that will interest curious adults and older teens. The schedule introduces several brand new classes like 3D Papermaking, Calligraphy, Introduction to Altered Books and a more advanced bookbinding class called French Link Stitch Journal with Closure.  Of course, we’re not forgetting some of our most popular classes like Papermaking, Coptic Stitch, Paper Marbling and Letterpress. No matter your interests, we’ve got something for you! Don’t forget to use our easy, online registration.

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Fall 2015Workshops


About Our Instructors

One-Day Workshops


wk_rosepaperIntroduction to Papermaking                               NEW CLASS
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., September 26, 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 the Extended Workshops 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.


introbookBeginning Bookbinding
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sun. September 27, Noon to 5:00 p.m. including break

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

Price: $75.00 No longer available.


wk_openbook_0Open Book Studio
Instructor:  KBAC Staff / Price $25, Donor Price $22.50
Thurs., October 8, 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!  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



wk_irisSpectacular Spiral Paper Quilts
Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo/ Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Mon., October 12, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

In this class students will make multiple spiral quilt blocks from paper. Each block uses a spiraling pattern and different papers to create beautiful three-dimensional visual effects. Your pieces can be made in a variety of shapes including triangles, squares, stars, hearts or even Christmas trees. Several varieties of decorative paper will be provided or you can bring your own. 

Price: $35.00



wk_suminagashistabboundSuminagashi Paper Marbling & Japanese Stab-Bound Book               NEW CLASS
Instructor:  Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sun., October 25, Noon to 5:00 p.m. including break

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.

Later in the class, we’ll create Japanese stab-bound hardcover books, using two marbled prints as covers. Books will have hinged hardcovers, allowing the book to open easily from front and back. Each student will leave with a stack of marbled paper for future projects as well as their own stab-bound book. 

Price: $75.00


wk_letterpress_0Introduction to Letterpress
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., October 31, 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 new 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 learn to set metal 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. 

Price: $75.00


wk_turkishmarblingpublicdomainIntroduction to Turkish Paper Marbling                                         NEW CLASS
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Tues., November 3, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ebru marbling produces vivid swirled patters of color on paper. Diluted acrylic paints are dropped on the surface of thickened water (using carrageenan) then the colors are combed through in a variety of directions, creating a ‘floating picture’ of intricate designs. In this class, you’ll learn the preparation process as well as basic patterns in paper marbling such as the stone marble, nonpareil, gel-git, Italian vein and others. 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


wk_calligraphyitalicIntroduction to Calligraphy – Italic                          NEW CLASS
Instructor:  Lorrie Grainger Abdo / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Thurs, November 12, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We now read the written word with the help of a keyboard and printer; however, the beauty of hand lettering is timeless, elegant and deserves our attention. In this hands-on workshop, students will learn the basics of Italic, a very popular lettering style developed in Italy around the Renaissance. It is graceful, legible and used for many lettering applications including invitations, journaling and artwork. In one evening you’ll become acquainted with the font and the calligraphy tools needed to write beautifully. 

Price: $35.00



wk_deliSew Much Fun with Deli Paper
Instructor:  Joanne Huffman / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sun., November 8, Noon to 5:00 p.m.

This workshop offers so much to play with: paint, paper, cutting, sewing, embellishing and more. Students will paint deli paper (it’s translucent yet indestructible!), make strips with the papers, sew the strips to a background, cut the background into shapes, embellish with beads and, if desired, adhered to a painted canvas. Sewn papers could also be used for book covers and further collage. This will be a day of experiment and play. Students will leave with at least one finished piece. 

Price: $75.00


wk_copticCoptic Stitch
Instructor:  Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., November 21, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. including break

The coptic-bound book dates back almost 2,000 years, originating in Egypt and used by the Copts. This style of binding uses a chainlink-stitch along an exposed spine, creating a book that is ideal for journaling or sketching as the pages lay completely flat when opened. For your cover, choose from KBAC’s selection of decorative paper, or bring along your own to further personalize your book. 

Price: $75.00


wk_altered-bookIntroduction to Altered Books                                                                           NEW CLASS
Instructor:  Joanne Huffman / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., December 5, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Summer 2015 brought amazing altered books into the exhibition space at the KBAC and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Now it’s your turn to give it a try. Altering books gives damaged or discarded books new life and meaning. This class will introduce you to a variety of mixed media techniques such as collaging, stitching, cutting doors and windows, adding tags and inserts, making tip-ins, and adding embellishments. Work on one, or start several (gives you something to do while waiting for things to dry). This class is a great start for a new creative outlet. 

Price: $75.00


wk_frenchlinkclosureFrench Link Stitch Journal with Closure                    NEW CLASS
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sun., December 6, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. including break

This class will utilize both French-link and Coptic stitch-work for the exposed spine of your journal. We’ll also learn how to create a hinged folding closure and how to incorporate closing mechanisms for a seamless finish. You may bring your own decorative paper, closure buttons, or book cloth to further personalize your creation, or choose from the assortment that KBAC will provide. Some very basic experience with bookbinding or sewing patterns required. 

Price: $75.00



Extended Workshops


wk_paperThe Basics of Papermaking
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $140, Donor Price $126
Tues., October 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


writingEkphrastic Writing: Entering Art                                  NEW CLASS
Instructor:  Elizabeth Kerlikowske / Price $90, Donor Price $81.50
Thurs. October 15, 22 & 29, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Using visual art by others and then our own, we will explore techniques to enter a painting and explore it and ourselves. Using another’s art as a springboard, we transcend our normal cognitive paths and learn something new about the world. Workshop format. Hands-on. Lots of prompts. 

Price: $90.00


wk_letterpressLetterpress Printing
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $165, Donor Price $148.50
Wed., November 4, 11, 18 & December 2, 9, 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


3-Dimensional Paper                                                                                        NEW CLASS
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $120, Donor Price $108
Sat., November 14, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. & Sun., November 15, Noon to 5:00 p.m.

This two-day class will allow students to explore a new dimension in paper…the third.  The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination!  We will explore various casting techniques, the possibilities of armatures, and ideas involving the assembly of paper to create three-dimensional forms.  If you have in interest in sculpture as artistic expression, and the unique qualities of paper as a way to bring that expression to fruition, this class is for you.  Beginners and advanced paper makers are welcome. 

Price: $120.00

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