Posts Tagged ‘MCBA’

Notan class with Sheila Asato at MCBA

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

I am taking a class at MCBA on Notan, the Japanese principle of light/dark design, from Sheila Asato. It’s wonderful to be a student and do work within strict limitations in the various exercises to discover the problems and possibilities within them.


Images from Advanced Japanese Woodblock at MCBA

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Earlier this winter, I taught the first Advanced Japanese Woodblock class at MCBA, by request from students in previous classes. Here’s work by students in that class:

Barb Gibson

Joyce Pickle

Joyce Pickle

Sheila Asato

Beth Dorsey carving

Lisa Fratzke

Lisa Fratzke

I’m looking forward to teaching an intro-level Japanese Woodblock class again at MCBA on Mondays March 26-April 30. Also, for the first time I will travel to teach a workshop at Peninsula School of Art in Door County, Wisconsin, this August 16, 17, and 18.

Normandale students make paper at MCBA

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Yesterday I did the last teaching I have scheduled until this summer. I’m a little sad, but now I will focus on the apple tree print, along with prep for my summer classes, and of course, prep for the birth.

A mixed media class from Normandale came to MCBA and I taught them papermaking and pulp painting. It was a fun day and a great group of students. They might use their handmade paper along with some other techniques such as batik and felting in their next couple of assignments.

Pulp painting of a dragonfly by a Normandale student.

Another pulp painting by a Normandale student.

Rag Paper at MCBA

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

This window full of colorful sheets of paper is from my Rag Paper class at MCBA. We used blue jeans, white and orange t-shirts, pink linen, and a jute coffee bag. Students brought a playful and experimental attitude to class.

This detail shows a sheet of paper made from the pink linen with some of the coffee bag fibers mixed in for texture. These sheets dried on the window will have one very smooth side. We also used several other drying methods producing different textures: restraint, spur, and air drying. I look forward to teaching this class again next year!

Proud of my woodblock students at MCBA

Monday, March 1st, 2010

On the sixth and last session of our woodblock class at MCBA, many students felt like they were just starting to get the hang of printing their woodblocks, and wished that we had one or two more sessions. Looking at their prints, I was proud of how far they had come in six weeks. If they want to, they now have a solid foundation to continue experimenting on their own.

This student, a painter, was interested in using woodblock to try different color variations.

This student used imagery from her sketchbook, varying the background color.

An action image of a student preparing to print a black layer on top of a gradated background.

This student used a single block to print both the red and yellow signs.

This student focused on the detailed carving of the black outline (key block).

This student played up the contrast between the carved details of the thorns and the soft gradations of the sky.

Japanese Woodblock workshop at MCBA

Friday, February 19th, 2010

This is an invigorating week for teaching for me. In addition to my Japanese Woodblock workshop at MCBA, I also did a one-night woodblock workshop at MCAD last night, and am looking forward to Rag Paper at MCBA tomorrow.

The participants in the MCBA workshop are busily working on their multiple color prints. Here are some images of their work in progress:

Carving a block.

Inking a block.

A test print.

A test print with block.

Another test print with block.

Classes at MCBA: woodblock and papermaking

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Detail of a block I carved as a portrait of a friend's dog.

This winter, I am teaching two adult workshops at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA). The first one, on Japanese Woodblock printing, is already halfway over, it goes so quickly! I have ten students from a variety of backgrounds, from an engineer to an elementary school art teacher. Most have carved one or two blocks and begun printing proofs. I’ll ask their permission next week to see if I can post any of their works in progress. Their subject matter ranges from nature to cityscapes. MCBA usually offers this class about once a year, so if you missed it, look for it next fall or winter.

There’s still a chance to take a class from me at MCBA if you register soon (before Saturday, February 13). On Saturday February 20 and 27, I’ll be teaching how to make rag paper, which is handmade paper from recycled cloth. To register, go to and look for Rag Paper.

Finished sheets of handmade cotton paper, cut-up cotton shirt material, and sleeve of the shirt used to make paper.

Any cloth that is 100% plant fiber such as cotton or linen will work, and the more worn out, the better. Perhaps you even have a stash of sheets or clothing that is too worn out to use but too sentimental to throw out or make into cleaning rags. Make it into paper and you could use it to make cards or a scrapbook with meaning and memory embedded in the fiber!