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).

2020 Workshop Schedule at paperTHINKtank


Sculptural Papermaking

at Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philadelphia

WHEN: Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
January 8th – March 11th, 2020
Adult class, 10 weeks, 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.

Tuition:
Non-member: $285.00; Member: $255.00
Studio fee: $35.00

Fleisher gives TUITION ASSISTANCE, so please email Fleisher directly & EARLY to inquire.
REGISTER on Fleisher’s website: http://fleisher.org/take-a-class/class-listings/sculptural-papermaking/


Japanese Papermaking

Kozo Preparation Day

Sunday January 19, 1pm – 4pm
Open to all, FREE
REGISTER NOW by emailing me.

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 9, 1pm – 4pm, 8 students | $75
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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.


Western Papermaking

Intro to Western Papermaking

Sunday March 22, 1pm – 4pm, 8 students | $75
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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!

 

workshop pulp Painting

Intro to Pulp Painting

Sunday April 19, 1pm – 4pm, 8 students | $75
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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!

 

workshop Pulp PrintingPulp Printing and the Variable Edition

Sunday May 17, 1pm – 4pm, 8 students | $75
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Learn how printmaking techniques can transform your images into handmade paper! Working on freshly made sheets of paper from different fibers, we will add pigmented paper pulp through various stencil printing techniques including screenprint. Using cut acetate or duralar, your own images or text can also be used. Combine and rearrange stencils to create unique pieces of art or a variable edition.

 

All classes take place at:

paperTHINKtank
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.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Nicole Donnelly with paper artworksNicole Donnelly is a papermaker, visual artist, and independent teacher based in Philadelphia, PA. She has been a teaching artist for 15 years and is an adjunct faculty at PAFA. 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) and by The Legacy Press (2019). She is the founder of paperTHINKtank, a member of the Friends of Dard Hunter and 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: http://nicole-donnelly.com