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Papermaking – Holiday Workshop

This intensive four-day papermaking short course allows you to explore this ancient craft with Master Papermaker Elaine Cooper. You will produce a selection of handmade papers for art and prints. Explore the traditional washi techniques for creating decorative papers from natural fibres. These include Japanese fold and dye processes, painting with paper pulp, collage, the creation of watermarks, and paper as a textile. Casting and laminating for printmaking and bookbinding are also covered.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

Day 1: Introduction to Papermaking – The history and traditions of Japanese papermaking and paper crafts. DVD presentation on fibre cultivation and preparation followed by a practical session to make paper that resembles lace, with leaves and gold incorporated into the finished sheet.

Day 2: Papermaking Techniques – Decorative papers and Itajimeshi (dyed paper). Preparation of coloured fibre. The creation of patterns on paper using traditional folding techniques and special pigment dyes that produce rich, vivid colours.

Day 3: Painting with Paper – Manipulating pigmented pulp to form freehand and stencilled images. The use of formation aids in sheet forming.

Day 4: Washi Workshop – Examples, demonstrations and experimenting with papers, imagery and form. You will be actively encouraged to use the knowledge gained in the previous sessions to freely develop their creative ideas and refine their papermaking skills.

Who will be my tutor?

Elaine Cooper


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?

Papermaking involves the use of lightweight wooden frames immersed in water. It is recommended that you bring an apron to wear whilst papermaking. Course notes 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.

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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.

2 reviews for Papermaking – Holiday Workshop

  1. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    After taking the one-day course with Elaine I couldn’t wait to return for the four-day course and build on the techniques that I had learnt. Excellent teaching and great fun.

  2. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Fantastic 4 days! So much expertise and experience from our tutor, who has a wealth of experience and was able to teach, encourage and inspire me to continue in my art practice.
    Would highly recommend this course.

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