• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Mixed Media & Collage

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. 

Spring 2020:

9 Weeks: Base Tuition: $385 + Materials Fee: $30 = Total: $415

Notes: INTRODUCTORY TO INTERMEDIATE LEVELS. Spring 2020: Instructor unavailable to teach 2 weeks in May. Exact dates TBD. Course will extend to June 23.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
243Donnely SmallwoodApril 14, 2020 to June 23, 2020
TERM - Spring 2020
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
9-week courses$415.00

What you will learn

  • Working with a wide range of processes for the alteration and manipulation of paper, such as cutting, tearing, folding, weaving and twisting papers
  • Dyeing and mixed media processes to further alter papers
  • Adding assemblage elements and creating paper environments
  • Exposure to contemporary artists and artists throughout history working with paper transformations

Materials to Bring

  • Drawing ink; black and a few other colours, small bottles
  • 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)

Please keep your receipts in case you need to return any materials.