In this course, we will explore the potential to manipulate and transform paper through cutting, folding and tearing processes. We will look at the origins of these paper arts, from Chinese paper cutting and paper folding in Japan, to Victorian Silhouette work and beyond. We will also draw inspiration from innovative contemporary artists working in this form.
Students will study elements in organic forms such as foliage, microscopic life, insect structures and geology. An alternative approach would be to investigate the potential for narrative, text and storytelling using paper cutting and silhouette techniques.
We will investigate pattern, repetition and variations by creating grid formations, concentric compositions, symmetry, negative and positive shapes, silhouettes, layering and transparency.
These paper forms will be further transformed through drawing, painting and dye processes.
After preliminary experimentation, students will then create small cut, folded and/or torn paper installations, inspired by organic forms or as narrative and text.
Notes: INTRODUCTORY TO INTERMEDIATE LEVELS.