I RUN TWO TYPES OF WORKSHOP: TASTER and EXTENDED
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Taster workshops are a good introduction to paper cutting for beginners but also for more advanced pupils who want to broaden their experience of translating different subject matter into cut paper. Translating flowers or cutting out text involves different ways of drawing and designing for paper cutting for example.
In the workshop you will learn the two main techniques of paper cutting – cutting away negative and positive space. You will use a template specially designed by me for that particular workshop that you can customise if you would like to to make it more personal. You will learn how to use and glue different coloured papers and end the workshop with a beautiful completed and ready to frame work of art.
Workshop length: 2 – 3 hours (morning, afternoon or evening sessions)
These workshops allow much more time to focus on designing and making your own unique piece of cut paper art. You will learn the main techniques but design from scratch you own piece of art. An all day workshop really gives you the time and space to learn much more about drawing, designing and composing for paper cutting as well as much more information about what papers to use and materials suppliers. I will also direct you to look at other paper cutting artists to see the different ways of working with cut paper.
Workshop length: Extended workshops run over a day, generally from 10 – 4 pm.
Paper cutting is a wonderful art to learn and master. It's great for relaxation and mindfulness as it’s totally absorbing! You will find that time simply disappears when you get paper cutting. It’s also great for hand eye co-ordination so really helps with extending drawing skills and composition skills. You don’t need lots of expensive equipment to get started or need a large area to work in. All you need is table space per person of about 2-3”, good light, a sturdy work surface, cutting board and a craft knife or scissors. It’s very clean too so no messy paints to juggle are you are tight for space.
My training: I am very widely experienced in running workshops for all ages in all settings from museums and art venues, to schools, further education colleges (special needs and adult learners) - right through to book festivals and drop in family events. My degree is in Carpet and Textile Design and I have two post graduate Diploma of Credits from Anglia Ruskin University in the delivery of residencies and workshops in Primary and Secondary schools. I am a trained Arts Award Advisor for all levels from Discover & Explore through to Gold. I carry Public Liability up to £5 million.