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

Papermaking with Plants

Sunday November 10, 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!

Sculptural Papermaking is BACK!

at Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philadelphia

WHEN: Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
January 8th – March 11th, 2020
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: $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:

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 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: