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

All in person workshops are suspended until further notice due to the pandemic. ONLINE courses listed below.

Orders for paper pulp and stock or custom papers can be arranged for PICK UP by email.

book sculpture

artist book


WHEN: Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30am
May 30 – June 27, 2020 (5 weeks)
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, $150 non-credit
Register HERE

Explore traditional and novel forms and functions of the book as a means of artistic expression in this live Zoom class. The artist book, both a visual and linguistic experience, incorporates notions of sequence, repetition, juxtaposition, and duration; and it presents exciting possibilities for creating sculptural/movable forms to augment imagery and textual content. Participants will learn and practice the fundamentals of hand bookbinding, including folded, sewn, and adhesive binding methods. Each class will be dedicated to a new and completed book structure, in order to build a library of models for making unique or editioned artist books.

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 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: