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Discover a wide range of creative paper crafts classes in NYC and unlock your artistic potential. Learn the art of origami, paper quilling, bookbinding, and more, while gaining new skills and creating beautiful handmade pieces to impress your friends and family.

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Paper Marbling: Suminagashi

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Uncover the ancient Japanese art of paper marbling and be captivated by the surprising patterns that emerge. Join this introductory class at 92nd Street Y to learn the traditional techniques of Suminagashi and create your own beautifully decorated papers. All materials provided for a hands-on experience like no other.

(1072) All levels 18 and older
$125
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Introduction to Working with Paper Pulp

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Discover the limitless possibilities of working with paper and paper pulp. Unleash your creativity as you learn new techniques and approaches to creating stunning two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks using paper fibers. All skill levels are welcome in this exciting and immersive class.

(76) All levels 18 and older
$250

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Collage Still Life

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Using your own prints, cut paper and fabrics, you’ll create unique works of art and discover the joy of working with collage!

(1072) All levels 18 and older
$165
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Collage and Mixed Media for Absolute Beginners

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity and explore the art of collage in this fascinating course. Join highly accomplished artists as they guide you through the process of creating unique works of art using a wide range of materials. Discover new ways to see the world and express yourself through texture, color, shape, and pattern.

(1072) Beginner 18 and older
$310

5 sessions

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Paper Marbling

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Unlock your creativity and explore the enchanting world of marbled paper. Immerse yourself in the historical and contemporary applications of this captivating process as you learn to craft stunning stationery and more using acrylic paint and other materials. Course materials will be provided.

(1072) All levels 18 and older
$190
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Zine and Accordion

Studio 45 @ 213 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your creativity and connect with like-minded individuals in a hands-on workshop that explores alternative publishing formats. Join us for a collaborative gathering where you'll learn different binding methods and create your own self-published booklets and accordion-style books. Discover the joy of self-expression and storytelling while taking home a unique creation of your own.

(5) All levels 16 and older
$25
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Korean Papermaking: Joomchi and Beyond

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Explore joomchi, a unique Korean traditional way of making textured handmade paper. You will discover its history, practice and role in Korean society, as well as learning the hands-on techniques and reinterpreted adaptations into a contemporary art form. Joomchi creates strong and painterly textured surfaces by layering and agitating Hanji (Korean mulberry papers). Its usage is diverse and can be incorporated into surface design, collage, new ways...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
$625

2 sessions

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The Art of Tarot: Drawing and Painting Magic

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Embark on a mystical journey through Tarot symbolism in this captivating art class. Explore ink, gouache, and collage techniques to craft your own interpretation of Tarot cards. Unravel the mysteries of each card as you unleash creativity and personalize your artistic vision. Join us to blend artistry with mysticism and delve into the enchanting world of Tarot.

(1072) All levels 18 and older
$295

6 sessions

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After Workshop: Fabric Marbling

Textile Arts Center @ 505 Carroll St, Brooklyn, NY

Dive into the enchanting world of fabric marbling in our captivating After Workshop. Explore the mesmerizing art of creating vibrant patterns on fabric, from setting up the marbling bath to selecting the perfect inks. Join us for a hands-on experience filled with creativity, camaraderie, and plenty of fun – materials included!

(504) All levels 18 and older
$87.55
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Book Club

Studio 45 @ 213 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY

Immerse yourself in literary creativity at Studio 45's Book Club, a monthly haven for book lovers in Bushwick. Bring your chosen book to life through themed crafts like newspaper art and paintings, participate in blind dates with books, and craft personalized book jackets for exchange. Join the community, share sessions, and anticipate future book store trips as we cultivate a happy space for like-minded readers to connect and explore the joy of literature.

(5) All levels 16 and older
$50
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Introduction to Zines in the Hudson Valley

Penumbra Foundation

Unleash your creativity and tell your own story through the power of zine-making. Discover the historical and theoretical aspects of zine culture in this approachable workshop at Penumbra Foundation. Learn the basics of creating your tangible self-published works and explore the expressive possibilities of this unique art form.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$346
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Paper Engineering

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

2D becomes 3D in this introduction to paper engineering and sculpting. Explore how to construct and collapse space using paper through a variety of projects, from pop-ups to architectural paper weaving to movable paper dolls and giant origami. Course Description: This class is a broad introduction to paper engineering and sculpting with paper. Great fun for beginners and more experienced pros alike!  We will explore how to construct space...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$228

6 sessions

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Wearable Cut Paper

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Join world-renowned paper-cutting artist Beatrice Coron for an intense workshop of serious fun! Study wearable and collapsible structures to explore unique ways to tell stories. Participants cut their designs into Tyvek to create jewelry, scarves and masks. Design compositions and discover paper-cutting skills to make paper dimensional with basic pop-up and paper-sculpture techniques. Adaptation to other materials, such as glass or metal, and digital...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$285

2 sessions

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Origami for Everyone

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Unfold the art of paper folding and bring creativity to life with an engaging course that caters to all skill levels. Discover the intricacies of this ancient Japanese art form and let your imagination soar.

(1072) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$255

5 sessions

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Circuitry for Assemblage

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Light up your artwork! This workshop will guide you through the process of combining colored LEDs, conductive copper tape, and collage materials to make one-of-a-kind illuminated creations. We will explore the process of creating 2D and 3D paper circuits that can be integrated into sculptures, collages, or cards. For the Supply List CLICK HERE

(1072) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$145
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Accordion Book

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Create an accordion book by using a combination of images and text. Play with text, images, abstraction, texture, and decoration to create a wonderful project that is truly your own. Bring a favorite poem, song, words, or letter and any collected collage materials. Many supplies included. Supply List: To view the list please click

(1072) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$125
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An Introduction to Paper Clay

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Introductory workshop for paper clay.

(76) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$400

4 sessions

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Introduction to Works in Paper

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Learn about the unlimited methods of making works with paper. A variety of techniques and materials will be introduced including both traditional and non-traditional papers, exotic fibers, adhesives, and pigments. Weekly lectures and presentations will explore historical practices, techniques and other artists working in the medium. A large variety of papers and techniques will be explored during the course through instructor demonstrations and student...

(76) Beginner 17 and older
No upcoming schedules
$400

8 sessions

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Projects in Paper Pulp

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

This course is for students who have previously been enrolled in Working with Paper, Explorations in Paper Pulp or any previous paper workshop with Kathryn Cameron. The class is designed to develop individual projects and to build on techniques learned in previous courses. The class will include both individualized and group exercises and critiques. This is a 2 day course held on Monday and Tuesday mornings from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

(76) Intermediate 17 and older
No upcoming schedules
$460

16 sessions

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Advanced Projects

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Take your artistic practice to the next level at New York School of the Arts. This advanced class builds on previous courses, allowing students to develop individual projects and explore new techniques. Dive deep into your creative journey and bring your artistic vision to life.

(76) Advanced 17 and older
No upcoming schedules
$460

9 sessions

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Reviews for Paper Classes in NYC

Paper Classes in NYC are rated 4.5 stars based on 1,665 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Collage and Mixed Media for Absolute Beginners

    Anonymous review on 3/29/2024
    Terrific instructor, Chelsey Pettijohn - and great class atmosphere. thanks!
  • Paper Marbling: Suminagashi

    Anonymous review on 12/17/2023
    The Paper Marbling workshop was fantastic, it's so much fun and the instructor was very knowledgeable and taught us great techniques. You get all the supplies and everything is very well organized.
  • Paper Marbling

    Anonymous review on 11/19/2023
    I've had so much fun learning all the marbling techniques. The instructor was well organized and very nice.
  • Paper Marbling

    Reviewed by Elizabeth M. on 10/23/2023
    I xxxxx this For five hours while practicing making marbleized paper…, I felt as if tho I had been transported into a place of beauty… of serenity and peace. It was so amazing.
  • Paper Marbling: Suminagashi

    Anonymous review on 9/24/2022
    The class was well organized and very informative. The working environment was open and creative with the instructor always on hand to lend a hand if necessary. Everyone was encouraged to be individual in their work. It was a great evening with good company!
  • Paper Marbling

    Reviewed by patrick r. on 6/27/2022
    Great teacher! Had a great time! P.
  • Paper Marbling: Suminagashi

    Reviewed by Rebecca S. on 4/15/2022
    Enjoy the class. Teacher was enthusiastic to show us the technique and appropriate amount of time was given to make the artwork.
  • Paper Marbling: Suminagashi

    Reviewed by Shannon A. on 11/19/2021
    No one else showed up to this class so I was lucky enough to have a private session with the teacher. I learned a tremendous amount in 3 hours and left with what felt like an entire body of work. The teacher had great respect for the history and traditional techniques used in suminagashi and demonstrated a variety of techniques. She gave very specific advice on what materials to use at home and where to get them. Thoroughly enjoyed all 3 hours of this class and would take it again.
  • Paper Marbling

    Anonymous review on 12/8/2019
    It was great and so nice to have it at the 92nd Street Y—instructor was great!
  • Paper Marbling

    Reviewed by christine S. on 12/8/2019
    This class was fantastic! The instructor had everything prepared from the day before. We all had fun learning this creative and beautiful process. I am an art teacher and I took this class for professional development. I was surprised to learn about how much labor goes into the setup. Thank you for sharing your love of paper marbleizing. I will definitely be back!!

Discover the Best Papercraft Classes in NYC

In addition to papermaking, papercraft includes a huge variety of other crafts that deploy paper as their principal medium. Today, papercraft is immensely popular across the world because paper is readily available, versatile, and easy to work with. Whether you’re a child learning numbers and colors from cut shapes or a professional maker with a handmade brand, paper is a medium you can transform. 

While all papercrafts utilize paper, the end products can often end up looking completely different, and that’s because there are countless ways to manipulate paper for different effects. To name just a few, common papercraft techniques include cutting, tearing, layering, folding, curling, gluing, dying, painting, and mixing with wet ingredients to create a paste. In addition to flat crafts like cards and stationery, papercraft is popular for creating three-dimensional objects such as miniature dollhouse furniture, sculptures, and wedding bouquets. 

While papercraft has grown into a global phenomenon, it originally started in ancient Egypt with the simple invention of papyrus, or paper. Along with using paper for writing and painting, ancient artists created ornamental boxes covered in intricate curled paper, known today as quilling. As paper spread throughout the world, new art forms sprung up: folded origami in Japan, papier-mâché in China, and papel picado in Mexico. 

Today, papercraft has expanded to include bookbinding, decoupage, scrapbooking, paper layering, and machine die-cutting. In addition to its decorative value, papercraft is popular as a tactile teaching method in classrooms for young children. Like early Egyptians, many papercraft artists today make paper from scratch, and enjoy working with a wide variety of different paper types. 

Why You Should Learn Papercraft in NYC

You don’t need to develop advanced art skills before you can start learning papercraft, and many types of papercraft are even easy enough for kids to learn. In contrast to mediums like metal, wood, or ceramic, which have a much steeper learning curve, paper is also much cheaper to come by. While handmade papers and fine art papers can be a bit pricier, they’re still significantly less expensive than full-sized painting canvases, fine textiles, and metal. 

If that’s not enough, papercraft is filled with benefits for your mental and physical health. In addition to encouraging creativity, papercraft can give you a stronger understanding of geometry, which makes it an important element of children’s education. In addition, papercraft is a particularly useful skill to learn if you want to improve your hand-dexterity, as folding, cutting, and working intricate details increases fine motor skills. 

Thanks to its many avenues for expressing feelings, papercraft is sometimes treated as a therapy activity. With the tactile feel of paper in your hands and your creative wheels spinning, you’ll likely find that papercraft decreases anxiety, increases self-worth, and aids concentration. Moreover, as a personal growth activity, paper crafting is a great way to increase your sense of self-efficacy. For those who struggle with loneliness, papercraft can provide opportunities to form new relationships at local clubs and craft fairs. 

If you’re looking for an additional source of income, papercraft can even become a side hustle. Creative markets such as Etsy and Shopify make it possible for makers to sell their handmade goods online without needing their own website or marketing. In addition, some popular papercraft bloggers can make an additional sum by hosting paid advertisements on their blogs. 

In-Person Papercraft Classes & Schools in NYC

If you’re a social butterfly who wants to make friends with other creatives, learning papercraft onsite isn’t a bad way to go. Join classmates in a fully-stocked classroom where you’ll learn from an experienced papercraft instructor. In addition to expert demonstrations, there will be scads of opportunities to ask questions and get feedback on your projects. As a result, you’ll learn more quickly than you would by yourself. 

As a direct benefit of your fully-stocked classroom, you likely won’t need to purchase many papercraft supplies. However, if you’d like to collect some for home use, your instructor can be a great resource when it comes to learning about the best paper types, tool brands, and artist supply stores. Don’t be shy when it comes to asking questions. Visit CourseHorse to kick off your hobby education with an in-person papercraft course in NYC.

If you’ve ever drooled over the marbled paper in the interiors of books, consider creating your own from scratch by joining 92nd Street Y’s Paper Marbling course. Right in the Upper East Side, Manhattan, you can learn acrylic marbling techniques from Sheryl Oppenheim, a local painter, paper marbler, and bookbinder. As a bonus, she’ll also teach you the history of marbling up to today, giving you a firm grasp of the context you’re working in. 

If you’ve got old print-jobs-gone-wrong lying around your office, why not transform them into recycled paper in 92nd Street Y’s Eco-friendly Papermaking class? Along with basic pulp pounding and screen use, you’ll get to dye and paint your pulp in beautiful colors of your choice. In addition, the course also covers more complex papermaking skills such as embossing and three-dimensional paper casting using a mold. By the end of class, you’ll have learned how to make environmentally sustainable paper for applications like card and stationery design, as well as paper sculpture. 

Interested in learning how to make paper from plant fibers? 92nd Street Y’s Korean Papermaking: Joomchi and Beyond course will teach you how to create paper by agitating and layering plant pulp. You can use the mulberry paper you make in this course for a variety of projects, including painting, collage, origami, and sculpture. In addition to practical techniques, you’ll explore the historical uses and making of paper in Korean culture. 

If you have a boring storage container that you’d love to decorate, check out 92nd Street Y’s Decoupage Objects class. With just paper and mod podge, you can transform otherwise ordinary objects into unique and decadent items. Just bring along a container you’d like to work with, and Omi Gray will teach you the secrets to a smooth decoupage finish. 

Virtual Papercraft Classes & Schools

Why leave home when you can learn papercraft from an expert right in your living room? With an internet-connected device, you can participate in a live class where you’ll meet new friends, watch demonstrations, and be able to ask questions in real-time. Live online learning offers a convenient way to add new creative skills to your arsenal without the hassle of navigating traffic or finding parking. 

While in-person courses are often limited to just a few options, live online learning allows you to choose from a wider selection of courses available throughout the world. In addition, taking the commute out of learning gives you more free time for papercraft outside of class. 

Before starting class, be sure to equip your space with some papercraft supplies. If you’re especially lucky, your class might be willing to ship complimentary supplies to you as part of the course. However, most online instructors will provide you with a list of tools and materials to purchase yourself. Often, these lists will also come with brand recommendations and tips on where to find things. Begin your creative adventure by joining an online papercraft class on CourseHorse. 

If you’re interested in bookbinding but not ready to dive straight in, start with learning how to Make a Photobook with One Sheet of Paper. Professional artist, printmaker, and bookbinder in NYC, Elizabeth Castaldo offers a beginner-friendly lesson in bookmaking that doesn’t involve any glue or sewing. In her two-hour course, you’ll learn how to cut and fold a book out of a single piece of paper. Afterward, you can use your book to show off photos, prints, or other artwork.

Alternatively, practice self-expression using pre-existing images with Evanston Art Center’s Paper Remix I: Inspired Collage I course. In addition to learning about composition, shape, and color, you’ll explore different types of paper and learn techniques for gathering images from surprising places. In addition, the class will also inspire you with themes, poems, landscapes, or personal imagery.

In a two-hour Suminagashi (Japanese Marbling) Course, you’ll enjoy a meditative introduction to Japanese marbling. During this relaxing class, you’ll use Sumi ink from the kit provided for you to make your own marbled rice paper and wood coaster.

Private Group Papercraft Classes in NYC

Does your event need a chill team-bonding activity? In addition to encouraging creativity, beginner-friendly papercraft classes are a great opportunity for friends and colleagues to sit down and socialize without the pressure of work looming over their heads. CouresHorse has private group papercraft classes for NYC businesses that you can book by visiting their website. 

Try the Virtual Origami Workshop for a fun-filled night of folding three-dimensional animals out of paper with your group of 500 or fewer. From there, you can proudly display your paper sculptures on desks or delight small children by teaching them origami. Along with the class, each participant receives a colorful bundle of square origami paper that will last for months. 

Groups of up to 200 can enjoy painting paper cube lights in the Virtual Shadow Light Making Workshop. With 12 paint colors and a sponge brush provided for you, you can transform your acetate-paper light cube into mood lighting that’s uniquely you. 

If collage strikes your fancy, check out the ​​Virtual Holiday Card Workshop that comes with complimentary materials. With a party of up to 100, you’ll design, cut, and paste your own unique three-dimensional greeting cards to share with family and friends this season. 

For a winter-centric activity, you can also opt for the Virtual Holiday Ornament Workshop, which features collage alongside other papercraft skills such as papier-mâché. Your group of up to 100 will be gifted plenty of paper, glue, paint, glitter, and sequins to make ornaments one-of-a-kind ornaments you can be proud of for Christmases to come. 

Having difficulty locating your ideal papercraft class? Luckily, CourseHorse is prepared to add new tailor-made classes just for you and your group. Consider reaching out to CourseHorse using their online contact form to explore available options. 

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