• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Interdisciplinary

In this 3-day workshop we will explore the potential to transform paper into sculptural forms, through cutting, folding and tearing processes. Students will look at the origins of these paper arts, from Chinese paper cutting and paper folding in Japan, to Victorian Silhouette work. Students will draw inspiration from by innovative contemporary artists working in this form. In addition, the class will explore the potential of tearing into the papers.  Pattern, repetition and variation in our paper will be investigated. These paper art works can be further transformed through drawing, painting and dye processes. The class will study these elements in organic forms such as foliage, microscopic life, and insect structures in geology. An alternative approach would be to investigate the potential for narrative, text and storytelling using paper cutting and silhouette techniques. After preliminary experimentation, students will then create a cut, folded and/or torn paper installation, inspired by organic forms or as narrative and text.

Tuition: $290 | Materials fee: $30 | Total: $320

* This course is not currently open for registration

Materials to Bring

  • drawing ink; black and a few other colours, small bottles
  • basic set of acrylic paints
  • assorted brushes for painting and gluing
  • 1 pad of cartridge paper
  • 1 roll of ink/brush paper (The Paper Place, De Serres, Curry's etc).
  • Other found papers, and paper based shapes collected from home
  • scissors
  • straight edge knife
  • matte medium
  • glue stick
  • folding bone (most art stores, in the book arts section)
  • cutting mat (optional)

The instructor will make a group purchase of a range of interesting papers for use in this workshop.