Related Arts

MCBA offers virtual and in-person workshops on a variety of topics, suitable for all skill levels. (Look for the icons below denoting either in-person or virtual format!) MCBA’s teaching artists are eager to connect with you.

Workshops are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Certificate programs. Enrollees receive a 20% discount on tuition. MCBA members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Have questions about registration and withdrawal policies? This PDF contains a detailed list of policies and FAQs. If you are a teaching artist, you can propose a virtual workshop here.

Add your name to a wait list if a workshop you’d like to take is full. You’ll be contacted if another section of the workshop is scheduled.


Papercutting for Your Environment

with Béatrice Coron
Tuesday, November 23; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Learn how to papercut designs to create an artist’s book or decorative paper object for your home. Consider cutting leaves and flowers for all seasons to sit on a table, use as a decorative window covering, or form as a sculptural artist’s book. The goal is to tell visual stories and play with positive and negative space using a variety of structural paper techniques. Images will be shown at the beginning of the workshop to give participants a sense of the possibilities, followed by a technical papercutting demonstration, and a look into Béatrice‘s process from concept to production. Participants are invited to bring their own ideas and find ways to adapt them into papercuts. Continue reading “Papercutting for Your Environment”

Fuzzy Books

with Joanna Manning
Tuesdays: November 30, December 7; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Chase away the cold pricklies with some warm, fuzzy, hand-felted artist’s books! In this interactive workshop, get acquainted with needle felting materials and turn wool into a miniature artist’s book of your design. Craft your own miniature book creation with simple techniques and minimal materials. Learn basic wool felting techniques including how to create and use stencils, fill in shapes, blend colors, and master fine details like thin lines, sharp edges, and dots. Continue reading “Fuzzy Books”

Relief Printing with Natural Dyes

with Catherine Liu
Wednesdays: December 1, 8, 15; 7–9pm CT

This virtual workshop explores non-toxic and small-space-friendly approaches to relief printing through the use of natural dyes and modular designs. Learn how to make a versatile printing ink made of natural dyes and mordants (an additive that enhances and makes natural dyes more permanent), create and layer radial designs, carve designs onto a plate using an X-ACTO knife, and print by hand using a wooden spoon or baren. This workshop is designed to accommodate both first-time and experienced printers. Continue reading “Relief Printing with Natural Dyes”