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Papermaking – Introduction

This one-day course provides students with a rare opportunity to work with Master Papermaker Elaine Cooper, who has spent many years developing handmade papers in Japan. You will create your own papers using a variety of traditional and modern techniques, and gain a valuable insight into the art of washi and its versatility as a medium for artists and designers. The course covers the fundamentals of fibre preparation and sheet forming, including a variety of manipulative and decorative techniques. Suitable for beginners or for anyone wanting to extend their existing knowledge of papermaking.

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What topics are covered?

Introduction to Washi; tools and equipment; fibre preparation; traditional and modern techniques used for creating decorative papers

Who is the course aimed at?

Suitable for beginners.

Who will be my tutor?

Elaine Cooper

How will I learn?

Practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, video presentation.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

All materials will be supplied

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment


If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

Click here to access our Covid-19 FAQ - https://www.bathcollege.ac.uk/news/84413

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

9 reviews for Papermaking – Introduction


  1. 5 out of 5

    Fantastic day spent with Elaine, who is a very inspirational tutor.
    Amazing ideas gained from the course.

  2. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Fantastic, inspiring and well organised.
    I have really enjoyed learning from such an expert tutor who really does know her subject inside out.


  3. 5 out of 5

    An awe inspiring day, incrediably informative and a whole new experience. Making paper was easy, fun and I would continue with my own practice.

  4. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Lots of ideas to pursue either at home or at college. Very enthusiastic teacher. Good fun.


  5. 5 out of 5

    An excellent tutor


  6. 5 out of 5

    This was a very interesting course. Teacher was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and inspiring.


  7. 5 out of 5

    This was an excellent one day course and a privilege to be able to work with the tutor who has immense skill and knowledge. The day involved plenty of hands on paper making so that we were able to take home some paper that we had made, also the tutor ensured that she applied the subject to our individual interests. I would recommend this course to anyone who works in other artistic or craft media that may have affinity with paper or who just wants to try their hand at something new.


  8. 5 out of 5

    An excellent introduction to Japanese paper making.The tutor was clear in her instructions and creative. She gave us one- to- one help, encouraging us to be aware of and develop our personal style. Having assistants was particularly helpful as there was always someone to give assistance when needed. I was impressed by the time they had spent setting up the room and the amount of equipment she had bought along for the session. Fantastic ! I hope to do more. Thank you.


  9. 5 out of 5

    The tutor was very well prepared with a clear plan, activities were well organised so people were fully occupied and didn’t waste any time, generous provision of resources, clear explanations, enough individual help as well as group teaching and handouts to take away as well as inspiration.

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