Classes & Workshops

Classes at paper THINK tank are held on a monthly basis.
Nicole is also available for demonstrations, one-on-one or group tutorials, and special workshops (with a mobile papermaking studio).

2018 Workshop Schedule at paperTHINKtank

Introduction to Pulp Painting

Sunday July 8, 1pm – 4pm , open to 8 students, $75

Using pigmented cotton, linen, and abaca, learn how to move paper pulp in a painterly way. Pulp paint is its own distinct medium, which both behaves like a traditional paint, but with slightly different rules. In pulp painting, the imagery becomes an integrated part of the paper itself, creating an artwork that is 100% paper. Be prepared to play, design, and have fun!

Papermaking with Local Invasive Plants

Sunday August 26, 1pm – 4pm , open to 8 students, $75

Look at the plants growing in the cracks in the pavement, the “weed tree” growing in the yard next door, or that vine climbing over the trees of the neighborhood. Invasive plants abound, and luckily, some of them are excellent for making paper. Join me for an afternoon of fiber preparation and sheet forming as we learn about invasive plants, their fibers, and their phenomenal handmade papers. Sustainability is beauty.

Paper Pulp Printing in Clark Park 2013

Pulp Printing at the Fabric Workshop & Museum

Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Saturday May 5, 1pm – 3pm, 20 participants, $50
REGISTER NOW (on the Fabric Workshop and Museum website)

Participants will learn to form sheets of paper by hand and then add dimension by using screen printing techniques with pigmented paper pulp instead of traditional inks. The techniques explored in Paper Pulp Printing are inspired by paper art works in Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling. This workshop is instructed by Nicole Donnelly of paperTHINKtank, a community accessible hand papermaking studio in Philadelphia that produces sustainable and local handmade paper and books using invasive plants and renewable resources.

Sculptural Papermaking is BACK!

at Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philadelphia

WHEN: Monday evenings, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
January 8th – March 12th, 2018
Adult class, all levels welcome

Explore a range of techniques which take handmade paper from two- into three-dimensions. Students will learn to work with both low-shrinkage and high-shrinkage pulps, including cotton and flax, to create vessels, low-relief sculptures, and fully dimensional pieces. Pulp casting, sheet laminating, working with armatures, manipulation of high-shrinkage sheets of paper, and paper thread will be covered, as well as working with both pigmented and natural pulps.

Non-member: $220.00; Member: $200.00
Studio fee: $35.00

Fleisher does grant scholarships, so please email Fleisher directly & EARLY to inquire.
REGISTER on Fleisher’s website:

Kozo Harvest and Kozo Preparation Day

Saturday January 13, 10am – 2pm (harvest)
and Sunday January 14, 10am – 4pm (preparation)

Learn about how kozo fiber is prepared for papermaking! Everyone is welcome to help hand-process our kozo fiber, which will be harvested in December. Main tasks: stripping bark from steamed branches, scraping outer bark with a sharp knife.
All participants interested in learning how to make paper from Philadelphia kozo, will receive a $25 discount on February’s Kozo workshop!

Harvest Location will be announced closer to date.
Kozo Preparation will take place at paperTHINKtank.

Papermaking with Philly Kozo

Sunday February 11, 1pm – 5pm, 8 students, $75 REGISTER NOW
In this one day papermaking workshop, students will learn all of the steps in kozo fiber preparation, get an introduction to the unique methods and materials of Eastern style hand papermaking, and how to form the diaphanous and STRONG sheets of paper made from this lustrous and local fiber. $25 discount on this workshop for anyone who attends Kozo Preparation on January 14th.

All classes take place at:

3240 Collins Street / Studios at The LOOM
Philadelphia, PA 19134

Payment is due at time of registration to ensure your spot in the workshop.
Minimum enrollment must be reached seven days in advance for the workshop to run.
No refunds are available for cancellations made within a week of the workshop.



Nicole Donnelly with paper artworksNicole Donnelly is a papermaker, visual artist, and independent teacher based in Philadelphia, PA. She is the President of IAPMA, 2015-19,(International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists). She is also a co-organizer of the Hand Papermaking Community Documentation project, and is published in Hand Papermaking magazine (Winter 2013). She is the founder of paperTHINKtank, a member of the Friends of Dard Hunter, and a board member of The Soapbox: Community Print Shop & Zine Library. While she holds an MFA in painting, she studied hand papermaking with Timothy Barrett at the University of Iowa (2008-09) and fell in love with the process. Her artwork is focused on the environmentally sustainable possibilities and beauty of handmade paper. Images of her artwork are available here: