Winter/Spring 2016 Workshops

wk_postcardwinter2016Need a good book?  Try making one yourself!  This winter/spring we’re offering an expanded list of six bookbinding workshops as well as some of our most popular classes like papermaking, paper marbling, paste painting, poetry, collage and letterpress.

In April Helen Hiebert, an internationally known paper artist, is coming to Kalamazoo to share her talents. Or, try a collaborative paper/print class with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts which combines the teaching talents and studio spaces of two of Kalamazoo’s foremost visual arts venues.

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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Winter/Spring 2016 Workshops

About Our Instructors

One-Day Workshops


wk_plannerBookbinding: Weekly Planner for 2016
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., January 30, 11 p.m to 4 p.m.

Check not one, but two items off on your New Year’s resolution list! Start getting organized while learning a new skill – bookbinding! In this workshop, students will bind their own weekly planner, which will feature 52 weeks worth of dates. This organizer will also include a folding closure 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. Some very minor experience with basic sewing or bookbinding will be helpful, but is not required. 

Price: $75.00 No longer available.


introbookBookbinding: Hardcover Journal
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., February 6, 11 p.m to 4 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 No longer available.


wk_collageCreate: Be My Valentine Collage     NEW CLASS
Instructor:  Lorrie Grainger Abdo / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Thurs., February 4, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In this fun, experimental class students will play with a variety of mixed media background techniques and then use old magazine/book art to create heart-filled collages. Whether your artistic approach is whimisical, serious or fun, you’ll be able to finish at least one collage that is ready to frame or to send as a card to one that you love. 

Price: $35.00 No longer available.


wk_suminagashistabboundBookbinding: Japanese Stab Binding
Instructor:  Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Tues., February 9, 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 being 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_egraphCreate: E*graphics for Accordion Books
Instructor:  Elizabeth King/ Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., February 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Encaustigraphics are a lightweight, luminous material that transmit color like stained glass, and can be easily cut and shaped into flat or structural forms using tapes, tabs, or stitching. The best part is that you can use any image to create e*graphics—drawings, paintings, photographs, sketchbook details, or just abstract colors and designs. This class will teach you how to create this innovative art material and then explore its possibilities for creating accordion books. We’ll work with provided samples, while also discussing how to use your own images for future projects, and you’ll learn three binding methods for your accordion book: hinging, a Japanese flex stitch, and a demonstration of machine sewing. For more examples of e*graphics in action, visit

Price: $75.00 No longer available.


wk_turkishSurface Design: Introduction to Turkish Paper Marbling
Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Tues., February 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ebru marbling produces vivid swirled patterns 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_rosepaperPaper: Introduction to Papermaking
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., February 20, 10 a.m. to 3 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


wk_suminagashiSurface Design: Suminagashi Paper Marbling
Instructor:  Crystal Shaulis / Price $35, Donor Price $31.50
Tues., February 23, 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. 

Price: $35.00


wk_letterpressPrint: Introduction to Letterpress
Instructor: Katie Platte / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., February 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Back in the day (pre-typewriter/computer/smart phone) letterpress was the only way words could be printed onto paper. Now it is an art form. Bring in a short poem or quotation to set in lead type and print on one of our 100+ year old 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_copticBookbinding: Coptic Stitch
Instructor:  Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50 
Sat., March 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. including break

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


wk_pastepaperSurface Design: The Art of Paste Painting         NOW A LONGER CLASS
Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sun. March 6, 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


wk_openbook_0Bookbinding: Open Book Studio
Instructor:  KBAC Staff / Price $25, Donor Price $22.50
Wed., March 9, 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


wk_window-weavingPaper: Innovations in Paper Weaving          GUEST ARTIST
Instructor:  Helen Hiebert / Price $110, Donor Price $99
Sat., April 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Weaving paper is much faster than weaving cloth, and with so many decorative papers out there, it is both fun and easy to come up with a multitude of paper combinations. We will experiment with paper crumpling, varying the warp and weft lines and cutting tiny windows to expose the paper which lies beneath. Come explore book structures, lantern forms featuring “woven” hinges, and works that can hang on the wall or in a window as we bring paper weaving into new dimensions. Participants will leave the workshop with at least one flat paper weaving and a woven paper lantern. Find out more about our events with visiting artist Helen Hiebert here (coming soon) or visit her website There is a $10 material fee that should be paid directly to the artist for this class. 

Price: $110.00


wk-largepaperPaper: Papermaking & Alternative Processes         NEW CLASS
Collaboration with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Instructor:  Katie Platte/Price $50, Donor Price $45
Sat., April 23, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

KIA Workshop April 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.,
Instructors: Vicki VanAmeyden and Mary Whalen, Print and Photo Studios
Register through the KIA (will be listed in spring catalog)

This workshop is in collaboration with the Kalamazoo Institute of Art. First we will make white sheets of paper ideal for any printing process. We will then make colored sheets by adding pigment to the pulp and using pulp paint to create designs. The finished paper will be printed the following week at the KIA using   cyanotype and image transfers.  Discover new and inventive ways to express yourself with paper and non-traditional print processes. Register at the KBAC for the Papermaking part of the class and at the KIA for the Alternative Processes part of the class. 

Price: $50.00


 French Link and Coptic
Instructor:  Crystal Shaulis / Price $75, Donor Price $67.50
Sat., April 30, 11 a.m. to 4 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


Extended Workshops


wk_paperPaper: The Basics of Papermaking
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Price $140, Donor Price $126
Tues., March 1, 8, 15 and 22, 6 p.m. 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_letterpress_0Write/Print: Haiku and Letterpress                    NEW CLASS
Instructor:  Sally Padley & Katie Platte / Price $90, Donor Price $81
Tues., April 12,19 & 26, 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 haiku during the first two weeks of the class. In week three you’ll set one of your haiku 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



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