For additional information or to share ideas about future PaperPlay Seminars, contact: Kathy McAndrews
Most classes are taught at the UA Modular Classroom Building 2027 on the campus of the UA Food Science and Safety Lab
at Campbell Ave and Roger Roads
2016 - 2017 PaperPlay Classes
For Paperworks Members Only
Welcome to another fun, educational, and creative series of classes taught by master artist members of PaperWorks! Each class is designed to advance your skills and open up your creativity. Topics cover a broad range of the paper arts, from printing to photography and bookmaking. Class size is small for an optimal learning experience, and the costs are kept reasonable and subsidized by PW. Classes are held at the University of Arizona mobile classroom at the Northwest corner of Roger and River. Classes fill quickly, so sign up early! Your payment, along with the registration form, holds your place. Minimum of 8 students per class. Refunds will be given up to 10 days before class if you need to cancel, minus a $5 processing fee. No refunds after that date. Include the registration form along with your check, payable to PaperWorks, and mail to:
c/o Kathy McAndrews
5375 E. Placita Casa Rio
Tucson, Az 85718
All participants must be PaperWorks members.
There must be a minimum of 8 students in order to hold the class. So, gather up your friends and sign up today.
Mary Ellen Palmeri
May 6, 2017 Saturday 9am - 4pm (one hour lunch break)
cost: $65 materials fee: $8
Using simple cardboard learn how to weave "off-loom" projects. A materials fee of $8 will provide everything necessary for two fun projects, a mini tapestry-sampler and a woven bag. Handouts will provide guidance for methods and techniques.
A tapestry-sampler is used to learn basic and fancy weaving techniques and to experiment with color and texture. You can hang up the finished project using a dowel stick or a yarn loop.
The second project uses a unique way of applying warp cords to the cardboard support so that a "pocket" can be woven in one piece, without having to stitch pieces together. The result is a small woven bag that is just right for carrying a phone or a pocket camera. Also learn how to make a traditional rope strap to use as a shoulder or hand strap for your bag.
These projects can be adorned with beads, pom poms and other embellishments.
Here's What You've Missed so Far This Season
Melinda Collins Knick
September 27, 2016
This one day class will explore the technical/structural aspects of woven-interwoven single-sheet bindings. We will begin with an accordion-based woven binding for single sheets and progress to a more complex approach to attaching or binding single or folded sheets of images and text. See how you can incorporate your text or image into the binding itself for a comprehensive structure. Learn how to imagine your own methods.
Go with the Flow: Experience the Magic of
Dura-Lar Films Combined With Acrylic Paints
Starting with beautiful acrylic washes on Dura-lar, explore the many possibilities of using transparent and matte films. Experiment with painting, cutting, weaving, stenciling, sanding, texturing and more. Then comes the fun of manipulating the pieces and assembling the layers to create your painting. Use the front and the back of the sheets for interesting effects. Learn the characteristics of the different types of films. You'll discover that the choices are endless.Leave the workshop with lots of ideas to feed your creativity.
October 27, 2016, April 15th, 2017
Discover the art of Suminagashi, a fun and easy Japanese marbling technique. Create unique and beautifully patterned rice papers for use n bookmaking, collage, and more. This water based method is non-toxic and quick to set up, making it an excellent choice for your home studio.
Judy Derickson and Jo Andersen
November 8, 2016
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This class is a beginning exposure to printmaking. We will work with basic linoleum cuts to create prints. We'll have the opportunity to print on various papers and in a variety of colored oil-based inks. Please bring along several sketches or other images so we can advise you on how to translate them into a relief print. Since we all seem to love books we are also going to have the set-up to make a 4 1/2 X 6 1/2 collaborative book.
Melinda Collins Knick
November 15, 2016
This class will introduce you to a fun, roll-up box that can be used as a unique gift box, or a platform for text or pop-ups. We will begin the day by learning how to assemble the box and to create a pattern. We will spend the afternoon creating our own unique boxes using a variety of papers and materials. Bring your own adornments, medium-weight cover, painted or decorative papers, tissue paper, etc, and let your imagination run wild.
January 10, 2017
Silk Paper is also known as as silk paper or silk felt. Silk fibers will be made into sheets of paper. We will experiment with different ways to make paper from silk and other fibers. We will color silk, add inclusions, and create textured papers. Finished papers can be used for book covers, collages, lampshades, origami, greeting cards, etc.
Instructor provides all supplies and materials.
Susan Corl is a visual folk artist/teaching artist working in a variety of mediums. Each Spring Susan raises a new generation of silkworms and continues to explore the possibilities of silk. She resides in Patagonia, AZ.
Monotyping is a type of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface. We will be making watercolor monotypes using water-based inks that we paint on plexiglass plates. The image will be transferred onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together, using a printing-press.
Your first pressing may be complete or it may be a good start. The appearance varies due to thickness of paint, dampness of paint, so that the unveiling is the exciting part. Before cleaning the plate, we may add more ink or watercolor to the ghost image left on the plate.
Edgar Degas was one of the more famous painters to use monotypes, many are now on exhibit at MOMA. A more contemporary artist is Michael Mazur.
January 17 and 24, 2017
This two-session mixed media class combines personal reflections, writing, collage (wet session) and embellishment (dry session) on paper cloth.
paper cloth combines the best properties of both fabric and paper, adding strength and flexibility to our multi-layered collaged maps. Participants can choose to map a memory, a trip, a relationship, a room or house, building, neighborhood or a turning point in life.
Instructor provides all supplies and materials.
Susan Corl has been fascinated with the history of cartography and has enjoyed using maps as a focal point for personal discovery. She received an Artist-In-Residence grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and worked with students at Many Farms High School in 2012. Jill K. Berry included this project in her book, "Map Art Lab". In 2013 Corl worked with 4th grade students in Patagonia, AZ to create neighborhood maps that were included in the "Smithsonian Museum On Main Street" traveling exhibit that showcased in Patagonia in early 2014.
Jo Andersen and Judy Derickson
February 6 and 13, 2017
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We would like to invite you to join us for two days of play in Jo Andersen's home studio in the Tucson mountains. We will have two small presses to keep you printing and plenty of table space for working. The gum Arabic transfers can be hand-printed using a wooden spoon or run through a press. We will begin the class by showing you how each of us has used these processes in collages and artist's books. These are wonderfully fun and pressure free!
Gum Arabic Transfer is a low-tech version of lithography printing. In this process we will work from fresh toner-based copies. We will get the white of the paper water-saturated while the toner holds the gum Arabic, allowing the ink to stick only on the toner. This is a process that can be hand printed or run through a press. Gum Arabic Transfers are a great way to get text and other very graphic images printed. The "greys" are lost to this process so think black and white images to print from. The fun part will be choosing which color in to use to print your image. This is a wonderful way to get layers for later collaging. We will try to get everyone up and printing quickly so bring a dozen toner based copies. If you're not already working with a theme you might consider exploring images that are within a theme that is of interest to you. Ink drawing with great detail work wonderfully. It would be great to have at least one original drawing that has been Xeroxed copied in various sizes to create prints from.
Session two/day 2:
A Collograph is an impression made from a board on which three dimensional objects are glued or embossed. Collographs are traditionally printed from the recessed area but it can be printed like a relief as well. Collographs are created with very low relief items being adhered to the matt board matrix, which is then sealed and printed. For this we will use the presses to get all the details to print. You can use stencil-type cut-outs, plant matter, like leaves and grasses, as well as man-made items like doilies, fabric, lace, foil, sandpaper, etc. Think texture! We will save some time at the end of the first session/day to show several collograph examples. Then you will have a week off to build up your collograph on the pre-beveled mat board that wee will provide, coming to the second class ready to seal and print. If we have time we can also play with a simple drypoint technique that is quick to create and fun to print.
February 21, 2017
February 22, 2017
Working with wire fiber rush and wax linen is enjoyable, gratifying and full of potential for developing innovative two and three-dimensional forms. The first day we will learn different ways to begin allowing for play and experimentation in order to develop imaginative, exciting and unique individual pieces. The second day will be devoted to incorporating other organic or man-made materials such as handmade papers, screening, stones, etc. into one select piece in order to develop it more completely. Lashing, needle lacing, and knotless netting will be taught to enable you to further embellish a constructed form.
Helen Walthier. MLA, Artist, University of Arizona Instructor in Landscape Architecture
March 4, 2017 Saturday, 9am - 4pm (one hour lunch break)
**repeat class added**
March 5, 2017 Sunday, 9am - 4pm (one hour lunch break)
This one-day class will serve to expand your understanding of the Creative Process and apply your learning to your personal creative journey. We will explore examples of how creative people use and think about creativity, and how we, as artists, can apply various techniques to expand our own creativity.
The class will include presentation of research Helen has compiled on Creativity, class discussions about the Creative Process, and your personal application of a number of Creativity Exercises. You will also apply your creative exercises to an art project.
Helen has been a working artist for several decades. She taught Adult Education Drawing and Watercolor painting for seven years, and has had gallery representation in Tucson, Arizona and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since then she has obtained her Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona. She worked in the private sector, designing several State Award Winning projects before joining the faculty at the University of Arizona. She now teaches graduate students in Landscape Architecture with a focus on Design Studio and Professional Practice courses. Helen has researched the creative process, interviewed creative people from a variety of professions, and compiled a series of creativity-enhancing exercises.
Beginning Book Binding:
This class is the first in a series and we’ll be discussing, and looking at, the idea of what a book is and what it can be. I will be teaching students the basics: what they need for a book binding kit, and how to use it by making four simply bound books, including a pamphlet stitch, double pamphlet, a simple Japanese stab binding, and flower fold with a hard cover.
The world of book arts is truly a journey. Join us and begin your artist’s book! Class will include materials and use of book binding tools for those that don't have them. It will also include instructions to take home and a list of what you will need to create your own book binding kit. Instructor, Kristie Atwood is an award winning book artist, photographer, and writer.
Mary Ellen Palmeri
April 1, 2017 Saturday
The Star or Carousel book is a multi-layered structure that folds flat like a bound book, can be opened as a concertina book, yet can also form a circular shape to create a set of "scenes" in each of five or six sections. When viewed from above it reveals a 'star' shape.
This structure is fun to make, and has many variations. It is most often used for pictorial content, but adding words is not uncommon.
Here are two very different approaches to this book form, and there are many more!
The workshop will focus on developing content in mixed media works: a unique book or a box by working with images, materials, design and possibly text. The class will contain many different activities: a short informal writing exercise, selection of images and materials, editing, working on a design, individual critique, group discussion and presentation of the final work.
April 21, 2017
Come learn how fun and easy stitching is! We will start by covering 6 basic stitches; running stitch, back stitch, couching, satin stitch, split stitch, and French knots. We will then explore the endless variations you can achieve with this basic toolkit by altering and combining stitches, using different threads, and using spacing and placement as design elements to create different textures and appearances. The afternoon will also include tips and tricks for stitching on paper and slides from artists working in the wide world of embroidery. A great class for the beginning stitcher or those looking for a skills refresher and new inspiration.
Here is What We Offered Last Season
Pocket Sketching - Kath McCauley
Interlocking and Woven Book Structures - Melinda Collins-Knick
Inspired by Nature: Mixed Media Collage - Catherine Nash
How to Work with Ideas in an Artist's Book Format - Beata Wehr
Fun with Collage - Marty White
Simple Decorative/Structural Books - Mark Andersson