Papermaking (six-session workshop)

Learn the traditional methods and materials of western hand papermaking, as well as contemporary creative techniques to make two-dimensional paper artworks. With an initial focus on sheet production (making paper by hand), students will explore inclusions (a wet “collage” technique), translucent pulps, and pigmented pulps to incorporate imagery directly into their paper, making unique or editioned works of art. Students of all disciplines and levels are encouraged to bring their ideas to this tactile medium.

Please note: this is a 6-session course. Fleisher will be closed on February 20 in observance of President’s Day.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

What you will learn:

  • Learn the techniques and tools of hand papermaking using various fibers, including cotton and abaca

  • Develop a nuanced sensibility towards the characteristics of paper

  • Develop an understanding of how contemporary creative techniques are related to historical methods

  • Develop a personal voice and vocabulary using paper pulp as the artistic medium

Required supplies:

  • Sponge, 100% cellulose (no scrubbing pad)

  • Collage materials

  • Scissors

  • Students may want to bring plastic aprons and waterproof shoes

Midway through the term students will need these supplies:

  • Basic drawing supplies (pencil and paper to design images/stencils)

  • X-Acto knife

  • Cutting mat (or old magazine)

  • Fine point marker such as a Sharpie