Workshops

 

Winter 2014

Lorrie Abdo, Collage Quips

Lorrie Abdo, Collage Quips workshop

Explore the art of creating handmade paper, prints and books – take a workshop at the KBAC. Our studios on the first floor of the Park Trades Center offer a wide array of workshops for all ages. Experience inspired instruction and enjoy a creative experience in the book arts.

Register online

You can now register online using your credit card or PayPal account. All card and account details are handled securely through PayPal. Phone registration or requests for information can be made by calling 269/373-4938, or email info@kalbookarts.org. To register by mail print this enrollment form to include with a check made out to the KBAC. View our entire 2014 winter class brochure including exhibits and poetry readings here.

Members receive a 10% discount on enrollment fees and store purchases. More benefits are explained on the Membership section of our Support pages. Annual membership fees are:

$35 for individuals; $65 for families; $20 for seniors; $20 for students

Winter 2014 Workshops

Go to sections:

Kids and Family Workshops | One Day Workshops | Extended Workshops

Our Faculty

Lorrie Grainger Abdo has taught papermaking, surface design, and bookbinding classes for all ages. Her colorful artwork can be found in galleries in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Jeff Abshear the Director of the KBAC, was a Fulbright Research Scholar to Venice, Italy, where he worked at the Accademia di Belle Arti and studied the history of Italian printing, bookbinding, and papermaking. He also teaches book arts each summer to children in Sardinia, Italy.

Kim Hosken Eberstein received her MFA in painting from Western Michigan University, where she was trained in papermaking by KBAC cofounder Paul Robbert. She taught in the Frostic School of Art for many years and now teaches for Battle Creek Public Schools.

Mark Lambert is the owner of Plough & Shear Bindery in Battle Creek. Working for many years as a collector and then a bookseller of antiquarian material, Mark began repairing and binding books by hand. Self-taught, he considers himself a “serious amateur,” committed to improving his skill in the company of others.

Katie Platte is a graduate of the Studio Art program at Grand Valley State University. She completed an internship at the Women’s Studio Workshop, an arts organization specializing in printmaking and book arts in Rosendale, New York.

Sandie Timmer earned a BA in Art from Hope College, and received training in the book and paper arts at OxBow in Saugatuck, Hollander’s in Ann Arbor, and through various paper making studios throughout the U.S..  She learned marbling from Galen Berry and relies heavily on his methods when she leads her own workshops.

Vicki VanAmeyden received an MFA in Painting from Western Michigan University with a concentration in printmaking. Since in 1997, she’s taught a variety of studio art and humanities courses for local colleges, universities, and art institutions, and has won many awards as a teacher and artist. Website: vickivanameyden.com

Kids and Teens Workshops (Parents Welcome!)

The following after-school youth workshops will be offered every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., throughout the winter and early spring at the KBAC. Each workshop will be offered twice. Sign up and have fun in the studio in the afternoon! All youth workshops are $25.

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Papermaking, printmaking and bookbinding

Shaving Cream Marbled Paper

Ages 6 and up
Make colorful marbled paper with shaving cream.
Non-member fee: $25.00 / Member: $22.50 (10% discount) – apply member discount in shopping cart
Offered on two dates: Wed, Jan. 29, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. and Wed, Mar. 19, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

No longer available.

No longer available.

Star Books

Ages 6 and up
Create star-shaped pop-up books that contain dioramas.
Non-member fee: $25.00 / Member: $22.50 (10% discount) – apply member discount in shopping cart
Offered on two dates: Wed, Feb. 5,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m. and Wed, Mar. 26,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

No longer available.

No longer available.

Japanese Books

Ages 6 and up
Make decorative paper for covers of Japanese stitched books.
Non-member fee: $25.00 / Member: $22.50 (10% discount) – apply member discount in shopping cart
Offered on two dates: Wed, Feb. 12,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m. and Wed, April 2,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m. 

No longer available.

No longer available.
 

Papermaking Play!

Ages 6 and up
Create beautiful sheets of handmade paper from cotton pulp.
Non-member fee: $25.00 / Member: $22.50 (10% discount) – apply member discount in shopping cart
Offered on two dates: Wed, Feb. 19,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m. and Wed, April 9,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m. 

No longer available.

No longer available.

Accordion Books

Ages 6 and up
These fun books can be opened up like an accordion to display.
Non-member fee: $25.00 / Member: $22.50 (10% discount) – apply member discount in shopping cart
Offered on two dates: Wed, Feb. 26,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m. and Wed, April 16,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m. 

No longer available.

No longer available.
 

Pocket Journals

Ages 6 and up
Pocket journals are like regular hardback books, only miniature!
Non-member fee: $25.00 / Member: $22.50 (10% discount) – apply member discount in shopping cart
Offered on two dates: Wed, Mar. 5,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m. and Wed, April 23,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

No longer available.

 

Foam Printing

Ages 6 and up
Create prints from foam plates that are pressed on colorful paper.
Non-member fee: $25.00 / Member: $22.50 (10% discount) – apply member discount in shopping cart
Offered on two dates: Wed, Mar. 12,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m. and Wed, April 30,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

No longer available.

One-Day Workshops

Heart Art

Instructor: Lorrie Abdo / Fee: $35
Sat., Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to noon

Heart Art

Using acrylic paints we’ll first create a variety of papers that will then be used to create heart art.  The technique taught uses a spiraling pattern (called iris folding) to make two-dimensional artwork that looks almost three-dimensional. Your pieces can be mailed as a greeting card or framed and displayed.  Come with a special friend or use the time to make Valentines for those you care about. 

No longer available.

Collage Quips

Instructor: Lorrie Abdo / Fee: $35
Sat., Feb. 1, noon to 3:00 p.m.

Ever laugh out loud at a colorful quote and image on the Internet? Or maybe there is a quote you’d like to hang in your home as a daily inspiration. Whatever your motivation, in this three-hour class you’ll use images and words to make your own silly, profound, or impactful collages. We’ll use papers, paints, stamps, stencils and other goodies. This is a fun chance to play with compositional options and learn different background techniques. 

No longer available.

Paper Marbling

Instructor: Sandie Timmer / Fee: $65
Sat., Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch break

Marbling is a technique used for decorating paper and other surfaces by floating color on a viscous solution and then transferring that color onto a treated paper.  In this class you will receive step-by-step instruction on how to make the basic historic marbling patterns and also be given opportunity to experiment with creating new ones.  You will go home with your own decorated papers as well as with all the information you need to begin marbling on your own. 

No longer available.

Mary Heebner, Silent Faces/Ankgor, Artist Book.

Mary Heebner, Silent Faces/Ankgor, Artist Book.

Prototypes: At Play with Possibilities

Instructor: Mary Heebner / Fee: $75
Sat., March 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch break

In this workshop we will explore how content can inspire the structure of a book, by making small prototypes. We will parse out individual ideas and discover how, through the preliminary mapping out of possible forms, images, and typefaces, you can begin a new book project. All the fun of making a prototype lies in playing around with possibilities. Come with inspiration, a short written description, a collection of images or poems, outlines, diagrams, special materials, or a collaborative idea and we will work together to find your book’s first form. 

No longer available.

Two Ancient Book Forms

Instructor: Katie Platte / Fee $65
Sat., April 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch break

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Coptic Binding

In this class you will learn the two oldest forms of bookbinding: Japanese stab binding and Egyptian Coptic stitch binding. These exotic books, with beautiful visible stitching, can be used as sketchbooks or journals. 

No longer available.

Posters on the Vandercook

Instructor: Katie Platte / Fee $65
Sat., April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch break

We have a collection of big wooden type to use on our largest Vandercook letterpress. Spend a day with us, piecing the letters together to make posters. Decorate your room or advertise your next event. Say something BOLD with letterpress! 

 

Extended Workshops

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Lamp by Kim Eberstein

Metal, Paper & Light

Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Fee: $175
With guest instructor: Martin Detwiler, Creative Metal Arts
Sat., Jan. 25, & Feb. 1, 8, & 15, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Blend sculpture, functionality, metal and paper to create a one-of-a-kind lamp.  Students will learn to weld a metal armature, make paper to cover and embellish the lamp, and install electrical components.  Creative uses for both metal and paper will be explored and participants will leave with a completed, unique lamp ready to enjoy. 

No longer available.

Image Transfers

Instructor: Vicki VanAmeyden / Fee: $90
Sat., March 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch break
Sun., March 2, noon to 3 p.m.

Learn several image transfer techniques during this fun, creative, and energetic two-day workshop. Using simple processes, we’ll transfer images onto an assortment of surfaces—various papers, fabric, wood, and more. Then, we’ll explore the possibilities of embellishing the transfers using mixed media such as paint, pastels, and collage. This workshop can benefit anyone who is eager to explore new techniques and directions with his or her art. Bring images to work with to the first class. Description of compatible image materials will be available from the instructor. 

No longer available.

The Basics of Papermaking

Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Fee $120
Tues., March 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

During this four-week workshop, we will use the paper making process to create unique and expressive art.  We will use colored pulp, fivers, and collage elements to make works suitable for hanging.  During the last session, we will create a sewn book form and folio from paper created in the previous weeks.  Both experienced paper makers and beginners are encouraged to enroll. 

No longer available.

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Setting Type

Letterpress Printing

Instructor: Jeff Abshear / Fee $150
Thurs., March 13, 20, 27, & April 3, & 10, 6­:30 to 9:30 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. 

No longer available.

Beginning with Leather

Instructor: Mark Lambert / Fee $90
Sat. April 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch break
Sun., April 13, noon to 3 p.m.

Have you always admired the look of leather bound volumes but were intimidated by the process of working with hides? This course is designed to introduce you to leather, giving you some skill and confidence to continue experimentation on your own. You will be introduced to types of leather and their uses, leather paring, and the application of leather on a simple hollow back binding. Prior experience in hand bookbinding in paper and cloth is recommended, but not required. 

No longer available.

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