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Discover a world of creativity with online paper crafting classes. Learn to make intricate origami, beautiful handmade cards, and unique paper sculptures, gaining valuable skills and enjoying the therapeutic benefits of this timeless craft.

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Collage Then and Now

92nd Street Y

Explore the evolution of collage and mixed media art as you dive into the works of various artists and discover new techniques to create your unique pieces. Join this enriching course at 92nd Street Y and unlock your creativity from the comfort of your own home.

Friday, Mar 1st, 12:30–2:30pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

$230

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Collage & Mixed Media (Intermediate/Advanced)

92nd Street Y

Explore the limitless possibilities of collage and mixed media art as you engage in deep discussions on concepts, materials, and techniques. Push your artistic boundaries through personal and group critiques, and gain inspiration from contemporary artists and exhibits. Unleash your creativity and take your work to the next level in this dynamic course.

Thursday, Apr 4th, 1–3:30pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)

$330

7 sessions

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Collage and Mixed Media for Absolute Beginners

92nd Street Y

Unleash your creativity with the captivating art of collage. Join accomplished artists at 92nd Street Y as you explore texture, color, shape, and pattern through unique materials. Discover new ways to see the world and create art that truly speaks to your creative spirit.

Thursday, Apr 4th, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

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$330

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Photo Artists' Books

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Discover the art of creating unique and engaging artist books in this 4-week course at Penumbra Foundation. Learn basic binding techniques, explore how to tie materials and structures to concepts, and receive valuable feedback on your work. Join us and unleash your creativity through the power of photo-based artist books.

Sunday, Mar 10th, 11:30am–2pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$550

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Exploring the Art of Collage

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ *Virtual Classroom

Discover the techniques and methods used in collage art from both historic and contemporary artists in this engaging webinar by Sarah Hadley. Perfect for photographers of all levels, you'll learn how to enhance your personal projects and create stunning collages without the need for advanced software. Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore the world of college.

Saturday, May 4th, 10–11:30am Pacific Time

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Suminagashi (Morning Series)

Textile Arts Center @ 26 W 8th St, New York, NY

Suminagashi is the Japanese art of marbling by floating ink on the surface of water. In this class, students learn the basics of this centuries-old monoprint technique, including the tools and materials it requires and the ideology shaping suminagashi practice up to the present. Students will develop a suite of patterns on paper and fabric using the natural forces of wind, vibration, and chemical interaction, and leave with the skills to continue...

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$164

2 sessions

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The Art of the Chapbook

SF Creative Writing Institute

Chapbooks are an art and a craft. The format is increasingly popular in the indie lit world and a calling card for many respected poets. In this course, we will develop manuscripts for publication in chapbook form that are “market ready.” Even if you feel you haven’t yet generated enough material to put a chap collection together, we’ve got you covered. The workshop will also go over the various options for publication, distribution, and...

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$375

6 sessions

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Collage: Pieces of You

Richmond Art Center

Use the mediums of collage and writing to explore the connections between images and our identities. Inspired by the expressive art method SoulCollage®. Participants will come away with unique collage art and a deeper appreciation for their inner self. This class is not eligible for an Art Boost! Scholarship. Suggested Materials: Collage images (sources can include magazines, postcards, calendars, catalogs, or other images you've collected...

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$100

4 sessions

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Zine Making Workshop

Richmond Art Center

IMPORTANT: This is a Hybrid Workshop. Class Meets both on Zoom and at RAC Youth Studio. Culturally and historically, zines have served as a powerful outlet for creators who make content considered to be outside of the mainstream, in terms of commercial forms of publication. A zine can be produced with the simplest of tools, outside capitalistic or potentially oppressive systems: amongst friends; in local gathering places or homes; and at festivals...

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Vase Making with Profiles and Templates

Richmond Art Center @ Virtual Classroom

In this two-part workshop, students will learn how to create simple paper templates and cardboard profiles with which to construct larger symmetrical forms like vases. This workshop will cover basic coil-building techniques, and is great for beginners or those wanting to refine their hand-building skills. The first class will include a slideshow and demonstration and the second class will be a chance for students to work with assistance and feedback...

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Collage & Mixed Media Concepts (Advanced)

92nd Street Y

Join us for ongoing discussions on concepts, process and materials. Class format includes discussions on materials, techniques, reviews of contemporary artists and exhibits, personal and group critiques to push your work forward.  Class time also includes studio time. Students should have prior collage and mixed media experience. For the Supply List, please CLICK HERE

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$310

6 sessions

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Experimental Collage

92nd Street Y

Experiment with new techniques, experimental materials, and more to make innovative collages. We will be diving into non-traditional ways of working and secondary methods and other ways of working. Participate in class discussions, demonstrations and in class feedback about your progress. Note: For the Supply List, please CLICK HERE

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$310

6 sessions

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Collage Techniques: Making Paper for Collage

92nd Street Y

Flex your artistic muscles in a series of short exercises designed to activate the intuitive creative mind, exploring color, form and composition in the art of collage. Artist Carla Aurich will guide you through projects where you will focus on small pieces using scissors, glue and a variety of collage papers. For Supply List click here

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$310

6 sessions

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Artist's Books (Intermediate/Advanced)

92nd Street Y

Use collage techniques and learn basic bookbinding to create your own artist book. You’ll learn how artists have made these handheld objects to create series, stories and more through simple and sometimes intricate art making techniques. For the Supply List, Click Click Here

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$260

5 sessions

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Collage and Meditation: A History and Practice of Art

Evanston Art Center

Integrate improvisation and chance into your art and life as we explore Collage and Meditation. You’ll experience guided meditations, weekly lectures and studio time, grounding you within a mindful space for practice. Learn about the history of this medium focusing on a series of nonconformist artists who embody “Collage Mentality” in their art and lives. Weekly homework prompts encourage you to produce your own collage compositions. Skill...

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$375

10 sessions

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Paper Remix I: Inspired Collage I

Evanston Art Center

Snip, tear, and assemble your way through the expressive medium of collage. Create compositions using a variety of papers and techniques to gather images, shapes and colors. To inspire your work, themes such as poems, landscape or personnel imagery will be shared. Skill Level: Intermediate Important notes: This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to your first class: www.zoom.us You will be emailed...

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$335

10 sessions

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Virtual Collaging for All

Ginger Lou

Please join me in this fun and unique collaging class. You will learn how to use an assortment of different forms (clippings from books, magazines, etc.) to create a new and imaginative piece. I will teach you how to train your eye to recognize which images to combine and how to see a variety of options for using a single image all in an exciting, balanced, and unique way. You will also learn different techniques for gluing and sealing your masterpiece....

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Beginners Mixed Media Collage

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

NOTE: This is an Online Art Class. Our instructors will work with you over high-quality live video and teach you to make art from the comfort of your home. Enjoy creative fulfillment in this relaxing and self-expressive painting and mixed-media art class! Open to all levels, for beginners and seasoned artists alike, in this art class YOU will: Express yourself through endless artistic techniques in painting, mixed-media, and a wide variety...

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$378

8 sessions

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Collage & Meditation: How to Improvise Art & Life

Evanston Art Center

Collage & Meditation: How to Improvise Art & Life - An Introduction This Workshop is intended to give students an overview of the longer class session: “Collage & Meditation: A History and Practice of Art & Life.” In this introduction to integrating your art and life, you’ll be introduced to basic collage materials and methods, with practical tips for best practices for good craftsmanship. You'll experience the connection between...

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Weekly Mindful Mixed Media Online Classes

The Art Process

These live mindful mixed media and collage lessons allow you to continue your practice at home while learning new techniques, prompts and art concepts each week. WE start with a short guided meditation followed by a contemplative art exercise that is designed to jumpstart an art making idea! In this interactive classroom, you will have a chance to see what others are doing while getting my personal feedback on what you are doing in your own dining...

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Discover the Best Papercraft Classes Online

Popular among both crafters and professional artists, papercraft includes a motley of crafts that rely on paper as their chief medium. Paper is a convenient choice because it’s readily available, relatively easy to work with, and generally inexpensive. In addition, it’s extremely versatile, allowing artists to create a huge variety of two and three-dimensional objects with an endless pool of techniques. Popular papercraft methods include folding, cutting, gluing, painting, dying, and even mixing the paper into a clay-like paste. 

As an art form, papercraft began with the ancient Egyptian invention of papyrus, or paper. In addition to painting and writing on paper, early artists decorated boxes with curled paper arranged in elaborate patterns, known as quilling. Soon after, paper’s popularity migrated to Asia, where Japanese artists folded Origami, and Chinese artists sculpted elegant papier-mâché masks. Over time, papercraft has grown to encompass even more craft forms, including paper cutting, paper layering, decoupage, paper flower making, scrapbooking, paper modeling, and bookbinding. To this day, papermaking is still an important facet of papercraft and owes its thanks to ancient Egypt. 

Why You Should Learn Papercraft Online

You don’t need to be an incredibly gifted artist to start learning papercraft. With gentle learning curves and plenty of easy project options, paper is a much more beginner-friendly medium than materials like ceramic, metal, and wood. In addition, paper is generally significantly cheaper than these other mediums, making papercraft a less expensive way to break into art. Once you learn basic papercraft skills, you’ll never grow tired of exploring the endless expanse of creative possibilities that the medium offers, from flat two-dimensional crafts to three-dimensional ones. 

Along with nourishing creativity, papercraft has many positive effects on mental and physical health. It’s often used as a tactile teaching method in children’s education thanks to its ability to improve spatial reasoning and fine motor skills. Because of its limitless potential for expressing feelings, papercraft is also commonly treated as a therapeutic activity and has been shown to raise self-esteem, lower anxiety, and boost focus. For the lonely, learning papercraft can become a way to connect with other people at local papercraft clubs. 

Interested makers can even transform their papercraft from a simple hobby into a stream of income by selling their crafts on handmade markets like Shopify and Etsy. Similarly, some makers earn a small income by hosting paid advertising on their DIY blogs.

Virtual Papercraft Classes 

When local papercraft classes run dry, online courses offer high-quality instruction in real-time with plenty of options to choose from. Learn from experienced paper crafters who can demonstrate skills and answer questions when you hit a wall. 

In preparation for class, you’ll need to collect a few tools and materials. To make life easier, your instructor will likely provide you with a list of supplies, as well as recommendations for where to purchase things. Launch your creative journey with one of the online papercraft classes available on CourseHorse. 

If intimidation has stopped you from learning bookbinding in the past, why not first Make a Photo Book with One Sheet of Paper? In her beginner-friendly course, professional bookbinder Elizabeth Castaldo will give you a step-by-step process for cutting and folding a book from just one piece of paper. No glue or sewing is needed. By the end of class, you’ll have a beautiful handmade photo book that can be used to display art, prints, or photos. 

Looking for a new way to express yourself? ​​Evanston Art Center’s Paper Remix I: Inspired Collage I will teach you all about collage, from creating stunning compositions to sneaky places to collect images. You’ll also get the chance to work with unfamiliar papers that will get your creative milk flowing. As inspiration, you’ll be given plenty of prompts to work with, from poems and themes to landscapes and imagery. 

If you’ve ever admired the marbled paper on the insides of books and wanted to learn how to recreate it for yourself, check out the Suminagashi (Japanese Marbling) course by Food Craft. As you learn basic techniques, you’ll use Sumi ink to create marbled rice paper and coasters that you can be proud of.

Private Online Group Papercraft Classes

If you’re looking for a fun sit-down activity that will spark creativity and encourage team-building, group papercraft classes are exactly that. In addition to being beginner-friendly, papercraft classes are less messy than many other art classes, making them the perfect option if you don’t want to deal with a huge clean-up afterward. View exciting online papercraft classes for private groups by visiting CourseHorse’s class catalog. 

Groups of up to 500 can learn to fold fun animal shapes in a Virtual Origami Workshop that comes complete with 200 sheets of rainbow origami paper per guest. Alternatively, a Virtual Shadow Light Making Workshop for up to 200 guests will give you a fun evening of sponge-painting custom lamps in your ideal colors. If you love sending cards to friends and family, why not get your group of up to 100 involved in a ​​Virtual Holiday Card Workshop? During the Christmas season, you can also join a Virtual Holiday Ornament Workshop that provides ball ornaments, papier-mâché supplies, and decorating memorabilia for up to 100 people. 

If the currently-available papercraft classes aren’t quite everything you’d hoped for, you’re in luck, because CourseHorse can create new classes to fit your interests. Using their online contact form, just reach out to CourseHorse and they’ll help you find a course that speaks to you. 

After deciding on a class, signing up is easy and won’t incur any booking fees. Within 24 hours, CourseHorse will send you a confirmation to let you know your class is scheduled, but you’ll still have the flexibility to change your group size up until the day of class. You’ll only need to give CourseHorse a size estimate when you sign up, meaning that if additional guests RSVP or one person gets the flu, you won’t have to scrap your original plan. In addition, CourseHorse is prepared to accommodate a variety of technology platforms, including Zoom, Google Meets, WebEx, and Microsoft Teams. 

Online vs. In-Person Papercraft Classes

From library books to online instruction, there are plenty of ways to learn papercraft besides the traditional in-person course, which can be both a blessing and a curse for anyone trying to choose a learning method. It may help to write down a few top priorities, such as having a social learning environment or being able to move at your own pace. Then compare the pros and cons of each learning style. 

Whether you learn in a live online course or a traditional classroom, you’ll work with an experienced instructor who can answer questions, show demonstrations, and give you feedback. In addition, you’ll have the chance to make friends with other students, either in-person or from afar. 

If you choose traditional learning, you’ll work in a studio space that’s typically stocked with all the supplies you’ll need for the class. You won’t need to purchase materials for the class, though you might need to pay for parking depending on your class location. Thanks to your dedicated classroom, you’ll have a chance to step away from your regular life distractions and be creative in a focused environment where you can connect with others who share your interest in papercraft. 

Is getting out of the house difficult for you? Live online learning allows you to tune into a live class without leaving your space, making it possible to add creative time to an otherwise hectic schedule. In exchange for supplying your own papercraft supplies, you can forget any worries about traffic or parking. Owing to the mass of papercraft classes available across the world, choosing live online learning gives you a wider array of papercraft classes to choose from. 

Can I Learn Papercraft for Free Online?

If joining a class without any base knowledge sounds intimidating, the internet is a great place to learn basic papercraft skills. There are plenty of blogs featuring tutorials and detailed supply lists, as well as videos giving visual demonstrations. The main downside to self-teaching via the Internet is that you’ll learn more slowly than you would in a class where instructors can give you direct feedback and answer questions. With encouragement from a teacher, you’ll find it easier to move through discouraging moments in the learning process and gain insider knowledge that you’d otherwise have to stumble on by chance.

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