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

Western Papermaking

Intro to Western Papermaking

Sunday March 22, 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!

workshop pulp Painting

Intro to Pulp Painting

Sunday April 19, 1pm – 4pm, 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!

diptych paper pulp paintingsCOURSE: Papermaking as Contemporary Art Form

SIX sessions, April 29 – June 3
Wednesdays, 6:30p – 9:30p at Fleisher Art Memorial
REGISTER on Fleisher’s website.
Learn the traditional methods and materials of western hand papermaking, as well as contemporary creative techniques to make two-dimensional paper artworks. With an initial focus on sheet production (making paper by hand), students will explore inclusions (a wet “collage” technique), translucent pulps, and pigmented pulps to incorporate imagery directly into their paper, making unique or editioned works of art.

workshop Pulp PrintingPulp Printing and the Variable Edition

Sunday May 17, 1pm – 4pm, 8 students | $75
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:

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: