Classes and Workshops for 2013

Explore a New Art Form With

Minnesota Center For Book Arts

Working in partnership with the Bemidji Community Art Center the MCBA is proud to share the creativity and versatility of the book arts Community.  Join the MCBA and the Art Center for these engaging workshops designed for adults of all skill levels.  6 Great Classes hosted by Artist’s Jana Pullman and Sue Bjerke!

Saturday, October 5

9am – noon: Explore Paste Paper with teaching artist  Jana Pullman
Paste papers are great fun to make, offering an infinite variety of colors and designs limited only by
your imagination. Dampened paper is coated with pigmented pastes, then designs are manually worked
into the surface. The process is easy to do at home, even if you don’t have a studio.

9am – noon: Sketchbook with Reverse Piano-Hinge Binding with teaching artist Sue Bjerke
The key feature of this soft-cover sketch book is the ability to remove or replace sections and/or individual
folios. The book opens flat for easy use, and the cover can be turned to the back while drawing. Once this
structure is learned it can be adjusted for a variety of needs or sizes.

Concertina Book Structures1pm – 4pm: Concertina Book Structures with teaching artist Jana Pullman
The concertina book structure has many variations and applications. Learn techniques for accurately
folding the “accordion” for the book block as well as various cover configurations. Explore several
book structures: a hard-cover concertina with closure, a hard-cover non-adhesive technique, and
a wrap-around cover with closure.

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1pm – 4pm: Three Section Book and a Slipcase with teaching artist Sue Bjerke
This book binding features a soft cover, heavy text papers, decorative sewing on the spine, and
a slipcase to hold it. The slipcase is a variation of the soft sided case. Once the structure is learned
it is readily adapted to any size book.

Sunday, October 6

1pm – 4pm: Pamphlet Binding and Asian Stab Binding with teaching artist Jana Pullman

Explore several variations on two non-adhesive binding styles: the single signature pamphlet stitch with ribbon closure, and the Asian stab binding. These techniques are simple and elegant choices for making books for yourself or for gifts.
Intro to Cartonnage1pm – 5pm: Beyond Boxes: Introduction to Cartonnage with teaching artist Sue Bjerke
Cartonnage is a longstanding French artistic tradition. Learn the essential elements of designing and building
unique containers out of bookboard, such as a triangular dish, a rectangular tray and/or a square dish, all sized to
hold candies or other small items. Get to know the intricacies of measuring and cutting, and then explore methods
of covering these containers with decorative papers. Each structure is unique and makes a great gift.

Each class is only $20 per person; all materials are provided. Advance registration is required.

Register online at or by calling MCBA at 612 215 2520.

All classes will be held at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in Bemidji.  MCBA On The Road in Bemidji is made possible in partnership with the Bemidji Community Art Center.  To learn more about Minnesota Center for Book Arts, visit

legacy_logo_bwThis activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Introduction to Visual Journaling with Terry Garrett

Saturday, March 16th, 2013 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Class Fee:$50/Members – $65 non-members

Materials Fee Paid to Instructor:  $10

Alternately called art journaling, visual journaling is an expanded version of keeping a journal. Sometimes words can seem inadequate to fully convey your feelings or thoughts. Pairing words with imagery can help to produce a more satisfying form of self-expression.

In this daylong workshop, you will make your own “hard cover” journals in the morning.  The afternoon session will provide the opportunity to explore several mixed-media techniques to use in the journals you construct.

This introductory workshop is open to all skill levels, including those who have no previous experience working with a journal.  If you’d care to explore examples of what visual journaling looks like, please try a “Google search” using the search phrase, “visual journaling”.  I believe you’ll be impressed at what you’ll discover.

Please bring a bag lunch and a preferred beverage for yourself, if you’d care to have something other than coffee, tea or water, which I’ll provide. A refrigerator is available in the studio space for any food needing to be kept chilled.  Also, please bring a “paint shirt” or shop apron to protect your clothing, as we will be using paints during the afternoon session.  The materials fee charged covers all the costs of materials you’ll use in making your hardcover journal and contents.  The pages for the journal will be high quality “artist paper” suitable for mixed media work.  I will make available many varied art supplies with which you can experiment in embellishing your journal pages.

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Split Rock Lighthouse is topic for Canvas & Corks BYOB Paint Party.

Canvas & Cocktails – Paint Party For Beginners 

Instructor - Kathy Gustafson

Thursday - March 21st from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Class Fee is $45 per person (all supplies included)

Have you wanted to give painting a try but feel a bit nervous or not artistic enough? Join us for a fun and relaxing evening of art instruction! Our BYOB Paint Party is an easy and stress free way to give painting a try!  You will be guided by our instructor Kathy Gustafson to recreate the evenings featured painting. We will supply all the materials you need to create your work of art and some great nibbles to nosh.  And since it is BYOB, you can bring a little liquid courage (or anything else you prefer to drink) to help get those creative juices flowing – we’ll provide the cups and the corkscrew.   (Beginners Only Please!)
Come prepared to paint! You should wear comfortable, paint friendly clothes. We will provide aprons, but paint can be hard to get out of clothes so best to not wear your favorite shirt for class! You can bring your own beverage, (soda, wine, beer, whatever) but remember, these are meant to be enjoyed. Please remain responsible and respectful of the other students in the class.
POLICY REGARDING CHILDREN: Because of the social nature of the Paint Party art class, children under 18 are not allowed to attend. You must be 21 to consume alcoholic beverages.

Intro to Basic Jewelry Making with Brittany Moore 100_3701

Saturday, March 23rd – 9 am to 4 pm (with 1 hour lunch break)

Class Fee: $50  Members   $65  /non-members

Materials Fee Paid to Instructor: $15.00

This is a beginner’s course for jewelry making. Skills such as sawing metal, drilling holes for rivet connection and design elements will be covered. Students will be provided with their own sheet metal and wire along with a sketchbook for basic planning. The end result will be a wearable piece such as a pendent or earrings.

Paper Weaving with Patty Lovegreenweb-image

Wednesday, March 27th 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Class Fee:  Members $35 / Non-members $45

Materials Fee Paid to Instructor: $12

Participants will be weaving paste paper into squares then using them to make 3 dimensional baskets to bring home.

Kathy Gustafson 2Black & White Media Sampler with Kathy Gustafson

Tues Thurs April 2nd, 4th, 9th and 11th from 6pm to 9pm

Dates and Times: April 2nd,  4th,  9th , and 11th (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.)

Class Fee: $75   Members /$90  non-Members

Materials Fee Paid to Instructor: $18 (Some of the equipment we use will be mine, which the students will be able to use during the class but not keep, the rest will be theirs to keep.)

Students will learn to create work using a variety of art media that they may not have had the opportunity to use. We will start with various forms of charcoal, then introduce Pen & Ink (both technical and dip pens), Scratchboard, and Silhouette Papercutting. They will learn how to choose the right support for each medium, the techniques and tools needed, and how to frame the finished works.

FinalBookClass3Painted Paper Book Construction with Terry Garrett

Saturday, April 6th, 2013 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Class Fee: :$50/Members – $65 non-members

Materials Fee Paid to Instructor: $10

In this daylong workshop, you will spend the morning session painting papers to use in book construction.  Several techniques will be demonstrated, after which you’ll choose what interests you’d like to pursue for your use for your own pages.

The afternoon session will be spent constructing books from the painted papers you created in the earlier, morning session. You will leave the workshop with no less than four, completed books.

Please bring a bag lunch and a preferred beverage for yourself, if you’d care to have something other than coffee, tea or water, which I’ll provide. A refrigerator is available in the studio space for any food needing to be kept chilled.  Also, please bring a “paint shirt” or shop apron to protect your clothing, as we will be using paints during the afternoon session. The materials fee charged covers all the costs of materials you’ll use in making your books.

Beginning Mosaic Class with Virgene Tyrrell

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Sunflower Hook

Saturday, April 20th/ 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m and Monday, April 22nd /6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  – 2 SESSIONS NEEDED to complete the project

Class Fee: $55 Members/$65  Non-members

Materials Fee Paid to Instructor: $40 (Includes your project, glass, tiles, adhesive, and grout. Lunch is also included on Saturday.)

Learn the basics of the art of mosaic.  You will design a small mosaic piece, learn to cut stained glass, use glass, tiles and a variety of other materials available to create your mosaic, then return a few days later to grout your piece.

gardenIntro to Needle Felting and Fiber Dyeing with Instructor Bonnie Lundorff

DATE – April 23rd

Time: 5:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m

Class Fee: Member: $35 /Non-Member: $40

Materials Fee: $12 to instructor.

In this hands on class, students will learn the basics of dying wool roving. Roving is used for spinning yarn, but is also used for needle felting.  This free form technique allows students create designs that are dimensional, or used by itself to create an almost watercolor effect on a flat surface.  Students will receive a bundle of pre dyed roving in various colors, a felting needle and a wool background as part of the materials fee. Other supplies needed will be provided for use by the instructor.

bookmarkIntro to Inkle Loom Weaving with Instructor Kristin Majkrzak

Saturday April 20th from 9 am to 4 pm

Class Fee: Member: $45 / Non-Member: $55

Materials Fee: $2 to $5 for fiber.

Looms will be provided.  Class time: 9 am to 4 pm (includes 1 hour break for lunch – you can brown bag it or there are several restaurants close by for you to go and grab a bite!)

Inkle looms are small, portable looms which can be used to make belts, bookmarks, straps, decorative edging, and even jewelry. They are designed for a warp-faced style of weaving (come and find out what that means), so we will learn how to put the warp yarns on the loom to create the patterns you choose. There will be varied yarns available so you can choose your colors as well. We’ll practice weaving technique and work on some small projects so you’ll have something to take home. By the end of the class, you should have an “inkling” of the many possible creative projects that can be woven on such a simple loom.

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Tuesday – April 23, 30 and May 7 (3 sessions) from 6 pm to 8:30 pm each night

Class Fee: $ 60 Member  /  $ 70    Non-member

Materials fee:  $15 to instructor

Tapestry weaving is a very old art form, a kind of textural “painting”.  In this class, you will learn some basic weaving skills to create simple designs in colors of your choice.  Pre-warped frame looms and yarns will be provided so you can start right in weaving.  During the last class session, you will learn some finishing techniques and cut your samplers off the looms.  Then you will learn how to re-warp the looms so you can start a new project at home if you choose.

Weaving with Beads – Spiral Stitch with Patty Lovegreen

Saturday April 27th, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.2013-02-15_12-29-29_344[1]_crop

Class Fee: Members $40 / Non-members $50

Materials Fee Paid to Instructor: $12

Create beautiful jewelry or trims with this easy introductory class to Spiral Beading – It’s vertical weaving with beads!  Make some trim for a frame or a flat piece of art.  Or, it can be a bracelet or necklace. Your choice.  I’ll bring the supplies you bring your talent.
A very simple stitch to learn with endless possibilities.

To Register: Please call the Bemidji Community Art Center (218) 444-7570 or email at Class fees must be paid at time of registration. Material fees must be paid to the instructor on first day of class. Registration is not guaranteed, as class sizes are limited. Classroom locations vary. Some classes will be hosted at the artists’ studios. Further information and maps/directions to your specific class will be provided upon registration.

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