The Art of Papercutting (four-session online workshop)

Papercutting is an ancient art dating back to the creation of paper during the 1st century in China. Since that time, artisans have used paper, scissors and knives to create objects both ornamental and functional. In this online workshop, we will explore the various papercutting techniques and designs while learning how to use tools like the Xacto knife. You’ll create up to four papercut pieces of your own design.

Special notes:
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

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. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 2.

What you will learn:

  • Designing a papercut

  • Negative and positive space and understand what gets cut out and what stays in

  • Learning how to use an X-Acto knife to cut a design

  • Using color papers to provide background contrasts

  • History of papercutting around the world

Required supplies:

  • #11 X-Acto knife and blades

  • Self-healing cutting mat at least 9 x 12

  • Sharp pencil or lead pencil

  • Scissors

  • Tracing paper

  • Decorative paper – this can be purchased locally at Blick Art Supplies or ordered online. Buy approximately three colors that are complementary

  • Other papers as background colors