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

Open Paper Studio

Sunday June 9, 1pm – 4pm, 8 students | $75

In this one day papermaking workshop, participants can make as much paper as their heart desires! I will prepare 3 different pulps based on participant feedback, usually two opaque pulps and one translucent/high shrinkage. Make sheets of paper from letter-size up to 11×17″ for your next artistic and/or crafting project. Participants should have some papermaking experience.

Introduction to Pulp Painting

Sunday July 14, 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!

Pulp Printing

Printing with Pulp, 4-week course

Mondays in July (8-29th), 6:30pm – 9:30pm, 12 students
at Fleisher Art Memorial
REGISTER at Fleisher

Learn how printmaking techniques can transform your images into handmade paper! First we’ll learn to make sheets of handmade paper from different fibers. Then, we will add pigmented paper pulp through various stencil printing techniques including screenprint. Using your own images and words, we will create acetate stencils to transfer them into handmade paper. You can combine and rearrange stencils and incorporate collage and layering techniques to create a variety of handmade paper sheets that are unique pieces of art.

Papermaking with Invasive Plants

Sunday August 11, 1pm – 4pm , open to 8 students, $75
In this one-day workshop, participants will learn about native-agressive and non-native invasive plant species growing in the Philadelphia area and how to make paper from them. We will begin with an introduction and identification of collected plants, learn about their preparation before becoming paper pulp, and using these fibers we will make a variety of handmade papers. Beginners and the experienced are welcome. It will be a fun day of experimentation with texture, color, and of course smell. Engage your senses!

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: