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Continuing Education at PAFA

Open Academy: Papermaking: Traditional & Contemporary Methods (PR 225)

with Nicole Donnelly


Fridays, 8:30 am - 3:50 pm (7-Week Condensed Course)

PAFA’s Open Academy provides the opportunity for Continuing Education (CE) and non-matriculated students to enroll in select BFA courses for credit or non-credit.  Open Academy students enrolled in PAFA’s renowned studio arts courses learn technical skills, creative expression, and critical thinking from master artist-teachers while working amongst dedicated full-time students in PAFA's classrooms.

In this course, students will learn the traditional methods and materials of western hand papermaking, as well as the evolution and application of contemporary creative techniques to make two-dimensional paper artworks. Through lecture, demonstration, and assignments, the course will focus first on sheet production (paper as substrate)- achieving regular sheet formation, pulp beating, and various paper finishes - and secondly on contemporary creative practice (paper as art object) - inclusions, high shrinkage pulps, and pigmented pulps. Students of all disciplines are encouraged to bring their ideas to this tactile medium.

Optional: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $1,400. Select credit option when registering.

Image:  Nicole Donnelly, from the Deconstructing Patterns Series.

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for exceptions for medical or religious reasons must be submitted with appropriate documentation and approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See Open Academy Policy Information for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Register by: August 22

Materials List 

Open Academy Policy Guide 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

  • Regular: Sep 2 - Oct 14th, 2022
    Fri for 7 weeks from 8:30 am - 3:50 pm
    Class is full

Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

(215) 972-7600

128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 Get directions

Room: 611

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