Fall 2014

cloverpwWe’re shaking things up around here with 10 new classes and many new instructors. That makes our Fall schedule, with 15 classes, the largest and most exciting one ever! The schedule offers Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper with visiting Chicago artist Don Widmer and several brand new classes like Painterly Monotypes, Introduction to Book Repair, and an encaustic adventure called Encaustigraphics. Of course, we’re not forgetting some of our most popular classes like Papermaking, Paper Marbling, Beginning Bookbinding, Image Transfer and Letterpress. No matter your interests, we’ve got something for you!

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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

Fall 2014 Workshops

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One Day Workshops | Extended Workshops

About Our Instructors

One-Day Workshops

Introduction to Book Repair

Instructor: Mark Lambert / Fee Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat., Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In this class, we will examine modern and antiquarian cloth and leather-bound books to learn how they are assembled. Then, I will demonstrate how to neatly repair them when they fall apart! Each student is asked to bring a broken down book with cloth-covered covers with which to experiment (Please, don’t bring a “treasure.” Let’s start with an “ordinary” volume).  

No longer available.

Instructor: Elizabeth King / Fee Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat., Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Encaustigraphics look like stained glass, but with only a fraction of the weight. Easy to make with readily available materials, they can be cut, pierced and shaped into flat or structural forms with simple methods like hand or machine sewing, wiring or taping. The best part is that you can use any image to create them – photographs, drawings, paintings, sketchbook details or just abstract colors and designs. This class will teach you the basic method for making e-graphics and then explore ways to use them in colorful, luminous works of art like books, window hangings, jewelry or sculptures. Visit for more information. 

Beginning Bookbinding

Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Fee Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat. Oct. 11, 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

Making a hardcover book is a lot easier than you think. Learn to sew and bind one by hand! Participants will use traditional materials and book cloth to create a handmade journal. 

Gelatin Printing

Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo / Fee Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sun., Oct. 12, 12 to 5 p.m.


Gelli Print

Monoprinting on gelatin plates (Gelli plates) is all the rage in the world of mixed media. Learn how to make beautiful simple (or more complex prints) using paint, stencils, mark making tools and the plate. You’ll have lots of time to play creating prints for use in projects like books, collage, greeting cards and more. To enhance the experience students are encouraged to bring acrylic paints in favorite colors, chunky rubber stamps, fine tip markers, and stencils. 


Image Transfers

Image Transfers
Instructor: Vicki VanAmeyden / Fee Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat., Oct 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn several image transfer techniques during this fun, creative, and energetic 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. 


Sew Much fun with Deli Paper

Sew Much Fun with Deli Paper

Instructor: Joanne Huffman / Fee Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat., Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 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 indestructable!), make strips with their 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. Materials provided. 

Holiday Paper Marbling

Instructor: Sandie Timmer / Fee Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat., Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch break


Marbled Paper

Wrap a few gifts this season with your own one-of-a-kind marbled paper, or make marbled notecards for personalized holiday greetings. We will be marbling on 10” X 12” sheets as well as larger 20” x 24” papers. Bring along your own blank note cards or try marbling on handmade paper. Choose a color scheme that matches the traditional colors of your own favorite holiday. Come join the fun with one of our most sought after instructors! 

Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper

Instructor: Don Widmer / Fee Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat., Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Pulp Painting

Pulp painting is a hand papermaking method of creating unique works of art. With experimentation students will create their own 2D pulp paintings. A fresh sheet of paper is formed, then finely beaten and pigmented cotton fiber (pulp paint) is applied using a combination of stencils, silk screens, spray bottles and other methods. Students will learn how to add pigment to fibers to achieve color, and design and cut their own stencils.  Prior papermaking knowledge is helpful but not required. Students will leave with several sheets of handmade paper art. 

Painterly Monotypes

Instructor: Joan Larsen / Fee Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat., Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A monotype is a one-of-a-kind hand pressed print. Each print has a very distinctive look all its own! In this fast paced workshop you will learn the basics of the monotype process which involves painting on a piece of Plexiglas then transfering the imagery to paper. Students will work with waterbased ink and watercolor and go home with multiple prints suitable for framing or additional  experimentation.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Book
Instructor: Kelly Parker / Fee Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat., Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students will create a journal from an old hard cover children’s book. Borrowing from the past make a new future is part of the excitement of this new KBAC class. The journal can be used for sketching, journaling, recipes or photos. In fact, this type of book has so many uses you will want to create lots of them for yourself, family and friends. Please bring colored tissue paper or old sewing patterns, your favorite colors of acrylic paints and Sharpie markers, and a variety of ephemera of your choice such as copies of photos, library pockets or small envelopes and so on. If you have the book you’d like to work in bring it along. Old children’s books can be found at any used book store. 

Extended Workshops

The Basics of Papermaking
Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Fee Members $126, Non-members $140
Mon., Sept. 22, 29 & Oct. 6, 13, 6 to 9 p.m.

During this four-week workshop, we will use the papermaking process to create unique and 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.  

No longer available.

Letterpress Printing
Instructor: Katie Platte / Fee Members $148.50, Non-members $165
Wed., Sept. 24 & Oct. 1, 8, 15 & 22, 6 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. 

No longer available.

The Papered Doll
Instructor: Joanne Thieme Huffman / Fee Members $81, Non-members $90
Oct. 20, 27, & Nov. 3, 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


The Papered Doll

This class takes you a long way from the paper dolls of childhood! Students will create a three-dimensional doll made out of paper wrapped around an armature; paper clay hands and face; and, handmade paper attire/clothes. In the first class you’ll be making the body out of book pages wrapped around a wire armature and making paper clay faces/hands with molds. Bodies will be finished and faces/hands will be painted during the second week. The third week students will design and add the handmade paper clothes. The fourth week will be used to finish up the doll and mounting it on a stand. 


Star Accordion

Star Accordion Books

Instructor: Crystal Shaulis / Fee Members $81, Non-members $90
Tues., Oct. 28 & Nov 4, 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

During this workshop students will receive an introduction to linocut printing which will be used to illustrate the multiple panes of their own star accordion book. Other printing methods may be explored. Students will create traditional book covers which allows the book to both stand open for display purposes, or closed for safe-keeping. 


Instructor: Jeff Abshear / Fee Members $126, Non-members $140
Thurs., Oct. 30, & Nov. 6, 13, & 20, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

In this class we will experiment with a variety of printmaking techniques including linocut, chine-collé, monoprint, and drypoint, to create colorful and expressive images. Come spend the evenings learning to play with our presses, and develop your skills as an artist. All levels of experience are welcome. Use your prints to make unique handmade holiday greeting cards! 


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