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 workshop, you will learn how to conceptualize, design and cut your own papercut.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

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 Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

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 9×12 inches

  • Ruler

  • Sharp pencil or lead pencil

  • Scissors

  • Tracing paper

  • Canson Mi-Teintes Paper — this can be purchased locally at Blick Art Supplies or ordered on line. Buy approximately 3 colors that are complementary.

  • Other papers as background colors