What is the course about?
On this course you will gain knowledge of a variety of paper cutting and collaging techniques. You will learn how to intercut, fold and cut, explore layers, and collage paper to make a collection of samples. In creating these samples you will also explore pattern, scale, positive and negative, and counter-change. You will experiment with different types of paper to investigate how colour and texture can enhance design and you will learn how to translate your visual ideas into papercuts to develop unique artwork and designs. The skills acquired will be useful in book arts as well as printmaking, and illustration.
What will we cover?
• An introduction to the tools used and how to use them effectively
• The technical skills involved in making papercuts
• Layers, depth, and collaging of paper
• Use of colour, pattern, scale, and texture
• Creating your own simple design ideas
• The potential of paper cutting as an art-form; cards, graphics, book arts, or screen printing stencils
• Exploration of some contemporary artists who use paper cutting and collage.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Follow good health and safety practice in the use of tools and equipment
• Use a variety of paper cut and collage techniques to develop your own piece of artwork.
• Translate visual ideas into paper cut or collage designs.
• Understand the potential applications of papercuts in further design projects.
• Select and use the skills acquired to develop more complex design ideas.
• Recognise the work of some contemporary artists practising creative papercutting techniques.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at beginners or those who wish to revise basic skills and build up their knowledge of techniques. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information and you should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a practical, hands-on course. Teaching will be carried out by demonstration and practice, with some individual attention for each student. There will be comprehensive hand outs for the course. Students will be encouraged to look at physical sources of reference such as books, as well as being guided to online design references and current exhibitions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
• A small selection of papers, these can be collected scraps and offcuts. Consider colour, texture and pattern.
• Inspirational visual design references; an illustration, image or photo.
• Any favourite paper scissors or cutting tools.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
- VD282 Beginners' bookbinding
- VD416 Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes
- VD283 Beginner’s book arts
- VD290 Bookbinding: paper engineering and pop-ups
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to
Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.