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).


2019 Workshop Schedule at paperTHINKtank

Sculptural Papermaking is BACK!

at Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philadelphia

WHEN: Monday evenings, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
January 7th – March 11th, 2019
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 Preparation Day

Sunday January 13, 10am – 4pm
Open to all, FREE

Learn about how kozo fiber is prepared for papermaking! Everyone is welcome to help hand-process our kozo fiber, which is 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!

Kozo Preparation will take place at paperTHINKtank.

Papermaking with Philly Kozo, Japanese Papermaking

Sunday February 10, 1pm – 4pm, 8 students | $75
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 13th.

Intro to Western Papermaking

Sunday March 17, 1pm – 4pm, 8 students | $75
This is a one-day workshop spent in the wet paper studio. Beginning with the mold and deckle, students will learn the basics of Western hand papermaking: the tools and materials used, the properties of various paper pulps, the art of pulling sheets of paper, and embedding objects such as thread, ribbon, found text/images, or natural plant materials in our handmade papers. We will create up to 7 blank sheets of beautiful handmade paper from cotton and abaca fibers, some with inclusions (embedded objects). These papers, once dry, can be used for bookmaking, printmaking, drawing, or they can be finished works of art on their own!

Simple Watermarks & Image-making

Sunday April 14, 1pm – 4pm, 8 students | $75
In a watermark, light passes through paper to reveal a design or the symbol of its maker. In this workshop, participants will design their own simple watermarks (using only pencil and scissors!) to create imagery in their sheets of handmade paper. Using finely beaten pigmented paper pulps, the watermarks will be revealed and can also be made more visible by double-couching a white sheet of handmade paper on the back side.

This is a one-day workshop, spent in the wet studio, and will introduce students to the methods and materials of Western papermaking and watermarking with stencils. Students will create up to 10 sheets of handmade paper, including blank sheets.
Wet paper takes approximately 24 hours to dry. All dry sheets will be returned to the students via USPS within one week (unless other delivery/pick-up is arranged).

Custom Papermaking Workshops

Special workshops can be arranged for groups of students at paperTHINKtank or brought to your organization.
Contact me for any requests, special/advanced topics, or open studio time.

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: