Winter Workshops Cultivate Creativity
Don’t let your imagination hibernate this winter. Workshops provide an opportunity to explore creative techniques under the instruction of experienced artists and educators. Workshops fuel inspiration and build new skills in a short amount of time, providing students with the knowledge to walk away and do it themselves.
Within the course of a weekend or sometimes part of a day, our workshops immerse students in creative techniques and craft traditions. Throughout the months of January, February and March, the Morgan is offering ten workshops in papermaking, printmaking, book arts, bookbinding and mixed techniques that are open to all skill levels from beginners to professionals.
Our winter workshop season includes two papermaking classes. Learn production techniques from the Morgan’s founder and artistic director, Tom Balbo. Students will create their own multicolored papers with unique patterns and gradients. Cleveland-based artist and educator, Anna Tararova will also be teaching a two-day workshop dedicated to papermaking fundamentals. In her workshop, students will learn every step of the papermaking process as well as how to paint with layers of finely beaten cotton pulp.
There is something truly special about receiving a handmade card. You can learn the basics of handset lead and wood type to create an edition of hand printed, letterpress cards just in time for Valentine’s Day. Join letterpress printer, book artist, and paintings conservator, Wendy Partridge in mastering the mechanics of printing on the Morgan’s incredible, flexible Vandercook presses.
This season, we’re also hosting three book arts and binding workshops. Join paper conservator, Jamye Jamison for a short workshop for archivists, librarians, and anyone interested in learning how to care for their family documents, print collections, or other ephemera. Under the instruction of Kyle Clark, you can learn how to construct a historic Ethiopian binding from the 5th-7th centuries. In our third bookbinding workshop of the season, Cris Clair Takacs will be teaching the history behind dissolving and revolving illustrations and how to create them through a series of pull-tabs and ribbons.
This March, we’re trying something new by hosting a workshop geared for various ages (10 years old and up). Claudio Orso-Giacone makes woodblock prints, paper puppets and ceramic sculptures. In his workshop, students will learn the basics of mask making, explore new ways to utilize book arts techniques, and experiment with paper and cardboard to create their own mask out of recycled material—just in time for Mardi Gras.
In addition to this intergenerational program, we’re hosting three mixed techniques classes for adults only. James Peake is an avid origami enthusiast. In his workshop titled “Pleated Paper: The Art of Folding,” students will be challenged to expand their concept of paper as a three-dimensional medium. Clare Murray Adams’ mixed media collage workshop incorporates a multitude of materials, diverse techniques and strong compositional skills. Students will use found materials and other media such as watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil and fiber.
Ellen Sheffield’s workshop marks the end of our winter season. She was a 2018 Resident Artist who used our studios to create a new artist book. Her class is geared to visual artists who want to begin an image-text practice, or artist-writers who want to deepen their engagement with the use of language in their work. It will utilize several writing exercises and explore various processes for getting text onto the pages of folded book structures.
Call for Art: Morgan Market
Calling artists, makers, craftspeople! It’s not too late to sell your wares in our second holiday bazaar. There are no restrictions on what you can exhibit and sell: 2D, 3D, prints, books, glass, ceramics, photography, jewelry, textiles—all handmade goods are welcome. Our gallery is large and there is no limit on how much work you can bring; we will do our best to exhibit everything.
Members can drop off their art and handmade goods November 6 through 11, 13 through 17, 20 and 21 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Participants may choose to keep their work up for the whole duration of the sale or pick it up any time before then. All purchased items will leave the gallery once they are sold.
Anybody who wants to vend in our Morgan Market can become a member over the phone, in person and on our website: morganconservatory.org.
MORGAN MARKET, HOLIDAY BAZAAR | DECEMBER 1–22
Opening Weekend Celebration 6-9pm December 1 & 10am-4pm December 2
Featuring art and handmade items
ARCHIVAL ENCLOSURES FOR WORKS ON PAPER | 10AM-NOON JANUARY 12
PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES: MULTICOLOR LAYERING | 10AM–4PM JANUARY 26 & 27
PLEATED PAPER: THE ART OF FOLDING | 10AM–4PM JANUARY 26
LETTERPRESS FUNDAMENTALS: PRINT YOUR OWN GREETING CARDS | 10AM–4PM FEBRUARY 9 & 10
“MIXED!” MEDIA COLLAGE | 10AM–4PM FEBRUARY 9 & 10
THE ETHIOPIAN CODEX | 10AM–4PM FEBRUARY 16 & 17
DISSOLVING AND REVOLVING | 10AM–4PM MARCH 2
PERSONA: WHAT’S YOUR MASK? | NOON-4PM MARCH 3
UNFOLDING NARRATIVES: WRITING FOR ARTIST’S BOOKS | 10AM–4PM MARCH 9 & 10
WESTERN PAPERMAKING AND PULP PAINTING | 10AM–4PM MARCH 9 & 10
To register for a workshop & for more details, please visit our website morganconservatory.org or call 216.361.9255
Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation
1754 East 47th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44103