Summer 2014

We’re excited to present our summer class schedule for teens and adults. The schedule offers several brand new classes like 3D Paper Dolls, Gelatin Printing, and an altered book class called Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Of course, we’re not forgetting some of our most popular classes like Papermaking, Paper Marbling, Paste Painting, 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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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

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

Summer 2014 Workshops

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Kids and Family Workshops | One Day Workshops | Extended Workshops

Our Faculty


Lorrie Grainger Abdo, the KBAC Administrative Director, has taught papermaking, surface design, and bookbinding classes for students of all ages in Michigan and beyond. She was trained in papermaking at Sievers School of Fiber Arts and by the KBAC cofounder Paul Robbert.

Jeff Abshear, 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.

Martin Detwiler is the owner of Sparks Metal Arts has been teaching metal sculpting and welding for three years, has been a sheet metal designer, fabricator and welder for 35 years and a lifelong amateur artist in Wood, all forms of Glass, stone carving who loves to incorporate all mediums.

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

Joanne Thieme Huffman is a multi-media artist who has taught at ArtUnravelled, a national art retreat in Phoenix AZ. In Michigan she teaches at Smitten Dust in Diamondale MI, at For The Art in Kalamazoo MI and now at the KBAC.

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 sharing his knowledge and improving his skill in the company of others.

Kelly Parker has a BA in Art Education from Olivet College and currently teaches at Kellogg Community College.  Her vibrant art work consists of collage, oil paintings and she dabbles in several other mediums as well.  Kelly has participated in many art shows, gallery hops and venues in the area. Website:

Katie Platte, the KBAC Studio Coordinator, 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:

Kids and Teens Workshops (Parents Welcome!)

The following summer youth workshops will be offered every Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sign up and have fun in the studio in the afternoon! All youth workshops are $25.


Shaving Cream Marbled Paper

(Ages 8 and up)
Fee $25, Members pay $22.50
Tues., July 1, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
In this class we will make beautiful marbled paper, with colorful swirling patterns, using shaving cream and food coloring. Then we will use the paper to create the cover for a small folded book. Come play in the foamy suds and watch the colors emerge.  

Star Books

(Ages 8 and up)
Fee $25, Members pay $22.50
Tues., July 8, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
In this class we will create unique star-shaped pop-up books that contain colorful three-dimensional dioramas. These amazing books will send your imagination off to far-away places. Take a vacation—make a star book!  

Sound Books

(Ages 8 and up)
Fee $25, Members pay $22.50
Tues., July 15, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

In this class we will construct books and then add small electronic recording devices that make sound when you open them. Illustrate your favorite story and then add sound effects or a song to go with it. Surprise your friends with these clever talking books!  

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Tunnel Books

(Ages 8 and up)
Fee $25, Members pay $22.50
Tues., July 22, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
In this class we will create a unique tunnel pop-up book that contains a three-dimensional diorama. Make your tunnel a passageway to a magical landscape or a porthole to outer space! Follow your imagination on a journey through a tunnel book. 

Japanese Books

(Ages 8 and up)
Fee $25, Members pay $22.50
Tues., July 29, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Make decorative wax-resist paper to use as the covers for Japanese stitched books. Learn the different stitching patterns using colorful threads. We’ll even have time to make an origami crane! 

Papermaking Play!

(Ages 6 and up)
Fee $25, Members pay $22.50
Tues., Aug. 5, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Come play in our papermaking studio! Dip your arms into the cool water to pull beautiful sheets of paper. We will experiment with colorful pulp painting, stenciling, and adding fibers. Use the paper for scrapbooks, cards, or works of art. 

Accordion Books

(Ages 6 and up)
Fee $25, Members pay $22.50
Tues., Aug. 12, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Accordion books are wonderful structures that can be read in sequence like a regular book or easily set up for displaying drawings or photos. In this class we will make accordion books with colorful covers that can be used for sketchbooks or journals. 

Pocket Journals

(Ages 8 and up)
Fee $25, Members pay $22.50
Tues., Aug. 19, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Pocket journals are just like regular hardback books, only miniature! Make your own small journal with a decorative cover; a place to keep your drawings, doodles, and secret notes. 

Foam Printing



(Ages 6 and up)
Fee $25, Members pay $22.50
Tues., Aug. 16, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Have fun creating easy block prints from drawings made on foam plates that are inked and pressed on colorful paper. Use these printed images to make greeting cards or decorate your room! 


One-Day Workshops

In My Own Words           NEW CLASS and INSTRUCTOR!

Instructor:  Joanne Thieme Huffman
Members $31.50, Non-members $35

Wed., June 18, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
This class is designed to facilitate using your own prose and/or poetry in your art.  Perfect for people that keep a journal but could use some prompts.  Or, for collage artists that want to incorporate words into their work.  Bring your artwork or journal spreads that you feel could benefit from the addition of text.  The class will work on group and individual exercises that will bring out the writer in you. 

The Art of Paste Painting             NOW A LONGER CLASS!


Paste paper by Lorrie Abdo

Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo / Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat., June 28, 10:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Paste painting is a surface design technique using tools to move colored paste and create beautiful decorative paper.  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! 

Gelatin Printing and a Flag Book             NEW CLASS!

Instructor:  Lorrie Grainger Abdo/
Members $67.50, Non-members $75

Sun., June 29, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.wk_lorrie

Monoprinting on gelatin 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.  Then you’ll showcase some of your prints in an intriguing flag book presentation.  You’ll have time to create extra prints for use for other 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. 

Spectacular Spiral Paper Quilts

Instructor: Lorrie Grainger Abdo /Members $31.50, Non-members $35
Tues., July 1, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. In this class students will make spiral quilt blocks from paper. Each block uses a spiraling pattern and different papers to create beautiful three-dimensional visual effects.  Several varieties of decorative paper will be provided or you can bring your own. Better yet take the Paste Painting class on Saturday, June 28 or the Gelatin Printing class on Sunday, June 29 and use some of the papers from one of those classes! 


Image Transfers

Image Transfers

Instructor: Vicki VanAmeyden / Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat., July 19, 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. 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Book          NEW CLASS and INSTRUCTOR!

Instructor:  Kelly Parker/ Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat., July 26, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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. 

Paper Marbling


Marbled paper by Sandie Timmer

Instructor: Sandie Timmer / Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat., Aug. 9, 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. 

Beginning Bookbinding

Instructor: Jeff Abshear / Members $67.50, Non-members $75
Sat. July 12, 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. 


Extended Workshops


Letterpress Printing


Vandercook Letterpress

Instructor: Katie Platte / Members $148.50, Non-members $165
Thurs., May 29, June 5, 12, 19 & 26, 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. 

Metal, Paper & Light            NOW TWO FULL DAYS!

Instructor:  Kim Hosken Eberstein / Members $157.50, Non-members $175
With guest instructor: Martin Detwiler, Sparks Metal Arts 
Sat., June 7 and 14, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 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 that is ready to enjoy. 

3-D Paper Dolls          NEW CLASS and INSTRUCTOR


Joanne Huffman’s Dolls

Instructor:  Joanne Thieme Huffman/ Members $81.00, Non-members $90
Mon., June 9, 16 & 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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 Basics of Papermaking

Instructor: Kim Hosken Eberstein / Members $126, Non-members $140
Tues., July 8, 15, 22 and 29, 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! 

Beginning with Leather

Instructor: Mark Lambert / Members $81, Non-members $90
Sat., Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 24, 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. 




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