Make and Keep Sketchbooks (in person) | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Make and Keep Sketchbooks (in person)

Make and use handmade books to cultivate a regular creative practice. Create two soft-cover book structures, double pamphlet and slotted tape binding, that lay flat and lend themselves to generative writing, drawing, and mixed media. Ages 16+

Learn the affordances and constraints of the book as a format, exploring it as a tool that is iterative, sequential, and material. Discover how blank books have been used throughout history, including as commonplace books, scrapbooks, and sketch books. Learn multi-section book binding techniques, including tools, material, process and finishing steps. Use the newly created books to promote a regular creative practice by creating imagery through drawing, collage, xerox transfer and writing prompts. Experiment with drawing and sketching within the space of the book, while considering line, color, pattern, scale, maps, grids, spreads, and sequencing. In addition to drawing and writing prompts in class, more prompts are shared for students who wish to explore a creative practice between class sessions. / A material fee of $41 is included in tuition.

Open to students ages 16 and above. Review complete policies, including class cancellation policies, before completing your registration.

Required materials

Supplies for first class

  • pen or pencil
  • notebook or sketchbook
  • preferred drawing materials (at least one)
    • markers
    • colored pencils
    • graphite
    • crayons
    • pastels
    • pens
  • preferred wet media (at least one)
    • ink
    • watercolor and brush
    • gouache and brush
  • scissors
  • x-acto knife, olfa, or other snap knife with extra blades

Optional supplies

  • washi tape

Students should expect to spend approximately $30–$40 on supplies in addition to tuition.

Class resources
This class uses Canvas, MCAD’s learning management system. Please see the link for more information.

Class Savings

Register on or before May 13 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.


Non-credit Tuition
Student Birthdate
  • Date:
  • Time:
    6:30-9:30 p.m. CST
  • Day(s) of the week:
  • Ages:
    Open to students ages 16 and above.
  • Term:
    Summer 24
  • Instructor: India Johnson
  • Location:
    In Person
  • SKU:
    CSFA 1105 01 SU24