Classes with Amanda Degener

Beyond The Blank Book

August 1 - 4, 2016; 4 days; 9am - 4pm
Tuition: $380.00
Supply Fee: $80.00
Class Size: 8
Location:Eco-Friendly Print Studio, Grand Marais Art Colony

Come work and play two blocks from the harbor in pristine northern Minnesota near the Canadian border. Amanda will lead participants to realize their own ideas within the book format.

Students will explore the basic bookbinding techniques of folding, sewing, cutting, and covering books while making a variety of constructions, including a tunnel book, flip book, flag book, and a traditional hard-cover western book. Amanda will also teach a variety of surface treatment techniques, including gelatin resist, walnut husk, and indigo dye over handmade paper, as well as a variety of Asian surface treatments, including Orizome or Shibori, fold and dip dye, and suminagashi, a Japanese-style tree-ring type pattern.

Novices to professionals will be challenged. An optional Tai Chi circle will occur each morning before class. Please register by July 22, no additional supplies needed however an optional list of useful items will be emailed. Any questions about the class contact

Tai Chi class

Three Saturdays May: 14,21,28
Attend one, two or all three.
Time: 10:30 AM until 11:30 AM.
Pilot program, there is no charge but please register

Class is free and open to the public.
Held at Squirrel Haus Arts
3450 Snelling Ave South, Mpls
in the Longfellow neighborhood
near Hiawatha and 34th

Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Tui'na are simple traditional Chinese practices that use your inner strength or "Qi" to feel better.   These simple healthy movements will improve blood circulation, balance, and the empowerment of your own self-care. This class is designed for people of all ages and all physical abilities, chairs will be provided. Tai Chi is explained like a river, one long flow and Qi Gong is often described as being like clouds, individual movements.  A Tui'na handout (with pictures) is provided as an aid to continue practicing afterwards. Come see for yourself how playing can help with equilibrium, aches and pains, and overall health. This is a pilot program and limited to 8 students. There are possibilities for participants to continue working together after the six week time period. No special clothes or shoes are needed, be comfortable. Contact me with any questions at

Amanda Degener worked as an assistant teacher at Natural Step School for 5 years where she taught Tai Chi in the tradition of the Yang Family form from Taiwan and is currently working with Dr. He who plays Yang Family form from mainland China. Amanda has 25 years of teaching experience, is a daily player of Tai Chi, and is a candidate for a masters' degree at American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She frequently works and travels in Asia, is a practicing artist with two studios, Traffic Zone and Cave Paper in the North Loop.