Winter 2020 Classes at Paperhouse Studio


Hand papermaking at Paperhouse Studio using abaca fibres.

Paperhouse Studio is an experimental arts studio rooted in paper as the medium. We offer a range of paper arts and historical-based courses throughout the year. We cover the foundations of papermaking from traditional to contemporary style. We also expand into areas like bookmaking, surface treatments, and sculpture.

We have a wide range of courses suitable for anyone from absolute beginners to experienced artists. We keep our class sizes small so that we can dedicate ourselves to the individual needs of our students. If you cannot find what you are looking for, we also offer one-on-one instruction to better facilitate the educational experience. Please get in touch with us at, or give us a call at 416.546.7589.

The full list of classes offered can be accessed here.


Introduction to Papermaking Intensive
$238.50, includes materials
Saturday, Feb. 1st + Sunday, Feb. 2nd, 2020
Saturday, Apr. 4th + Sunday, Apr. 5th, 2020
2 day class, 5 hours each
11am – 4pm
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Intro. to Papermaking Intensive is a combination of our beginner level – Nepalese Papermaking: Deckle Box Paper and Introduction to Western Paper. Students will learn traditional European style sheet forming with fibres such as cotton and abaca (Manila Hemp). We will explore the differences of pulling with a traditional laid mold and a woven mold. Techniques such as laminating, shaped sheets and inclusions will also be introduced, with opportunity for participants to bring in their own found material to experiment with. Basic Nepalese style deckle box is covered as well – a high walled mold and deckle, placed in a container of water allowing the pulp to suspend while pulp is dropped and mixed in. This allows individual pulls of different coloured pulp, mixes of different fibres and/or found materials to be part of the final sheet.

Intermediate Papermaking
$264.50, includes materials
Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
2 day class, 5 hours each
11am to 4pm
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Intermediate Papermaking builds upon the foundation of our beginner level, Intro to Papermaking Intensive. This class is offered as a more in depth fibre exploration. Participants will learn how to make paper with more advanced level pulp such as flax, hemp and over-beaten (finer) abaca.

Nepalese Papermaking: Deckle Box
$126.50, includes materials
Saturday, March 7th, 2020
1 day class, 5 hours
11am – 4pm
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Deckle boxing is one of the oldest forms of papermaking, and is a style primarily used in Nepal and Tibet. In this style, paper pulp is poured into a high-walled mould and deckle, it’s then placed in a container of water allowing it to be suspended so that more pulp can be dropped and mixed in.


Miniature Leather Binding
$109.25, includes materials
Sunday, April 26th, 2020
1 day class, 5 hours
11am – 4pm
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Made in full leather, these miniature books fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. All participants will complete one book with blank pages during class, and will begin a second decorative book using simple leather decorating techniques. The binding structure is easy enough for a beginner but produces a sophisticated result for special projects. This workshop will introduce you to beginner level bookbinding skills that can be used in future projects.

Unusually Shaped Boxes
$201.48, includes materials
Tuesdays, February 18th to March 3rd, 2020
3 week class, once a week, 3 hours each
6.30pm – 9.30pm
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There is an undeniable elegance in having a box sized exactly to fit the treasure it contains. For rectangular items creating such a box can just require accuracy in measurement but for irregularly shaped things a whole new box making technique is necessary. In these three evenings you’ll learn a box making technique originally used for cylindrical cases to store scrolls but which can be leveraged to make boxes of almost any shape.


Papercutting Explorations
$190.90, includes materials
Tuesdays, April 7th to April 21st, 2020
3 week class, once a week, 3 hours each
6.30pm – 9.30pm
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Explore the intricate art of papercutting with Tiny Blades Project’s Annyen Lam, where you will learn how to cut imagery using paper and precision blades. This three-week class is designed to go through the many possibilities of papercutting technique using beautiful Japanese papers. We will explore straight and curved line cutting, negative space and how to repair when you make a mistake. Learners will begin with provided patterns or imagery and build toward planning their own piece and creating their own patterns.

Please read our registration and class policies here.

All classes take place at Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw Street, Unit 102, Toronto, ON. M6J 2W5.


Paperhouse Studio
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Unit 102
Toronto, ON.
M6J 2W5
Hours: By chance or by appointment only, please call or email ahead
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Paperhouse Studio is an experimental arts studio rooted in paper as the medium. We offer educational programmes, artist projects, and community-based youth initiatives. Paperhouse operates on traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, and the Huron-Wendat. The territory is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Anishinaabe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

Paperhouse Studio is housed in Artscape Youngplace, a publicly accessible building, that includes a ramp access and automatic front door at the north-east entrance, and elevators to all floors. There is an accessible stall in gendered but non-automatic doored bathrooms on the first floor, and single use all-gender accessible but non-automatic doored bathrooms on the second and third floor.