Creative arts for bookbinding III: papercutting

Course Dates: 24/06/23
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Learn how to manipulate paper into abstract or representational designs. A range of paper cutting and folding techniques encourage you to explore silhouettes, pattern, imagery, colour and scale to develop your own approach. Techniques can be adapted for use in book arts and bookbinding projects to create pages, covers and structures.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00

Course Code: VD441

Sat, day, 24 Jun - 24 Jun '23

Duration: 1 session

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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.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencils to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

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

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Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.

Lara Mantell

Lara is a printed textile designer, with a passion for colour, pattern and mark-making. She holds a degree in Fashion and Textile design from Brighton University, and a PgCert in teaching adults. Lara draws inspiration for her designs from landscapes, gardens and foliage. Her colourful and joyful hand-printed fabrics are lyrical and abstracted representations of this environment. She has sold work to major fashion brands, printed scarfs and hangings, and exhibited her intricately printed designs. Lara uses her eclectic repertoire of print, dye and design knowledge to research contemporary printing with natural dyes. These experimental prints inform and shape her current professional practice. Lara is a founding member of Ceres; an eco- conscious trio who collaborate on environmental and sustainable design projects. Lara enjoys sharing her creative ideas; and is short course tutor at University of the Arts London, West Dean College, and other education venues. At City Lit, she teaches a range of specialist courses that include; shibori and indigo, drawing for textile design, dye techniques, and natural dye printing.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.