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Introduction to Papermaking

January 20 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm



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An In-Studio Workshop!

Saturday, January 20, 10:30am-4:30pm

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About this Workshop:

Delve into the world of handmade paper with this popular introductory course. You’ll learn the basic techniques of Western-style hand papermaking, including pulp preparation, sheet forming, couching, pressing, and drying. An overview of decorative techniques, such as the use of pigments, inclusions, layering, and shaped deckles, as well as pulp additives such as sizing, retention agents, and formation aid are also included. This class is designed as an introduction for new students and a refresher for those papermakers who may be out of practice.

Level: Beginner – no experience necessary

Registration closes January 12, 2024.  Material fees are included with your registration covering all of the necessary materials for class.


Registration includes a $30 materials fee to cover all of the necessary materials provided in class. Students may want to bring the following optional supplies to class:

  • Personal apron (waterproof recommended, you can substitute a cooking apron)
  • Comfortable shoes with good tread (you will be on your feet most of the day and the studio floor will get wet)
  • Note paper and pen (for taking notes)
  • Gloves – your hands will be in almost constant contact with water during the day


Selene LaMarca is a graphic designer and fine artist working in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. She creates experimental photographic work, often through by-passing the standard camera to work directly with light sensitive materials. LaMarca earned her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She currently teaches courses in graphic design, darkroom and digital photography. Learn more about her work at selenelamarca.com.


“I found a new love for paper making and have already signed up for the Intermediate class.”

—Previous Workshop Participant


“I loved how small it was with only 5 participants. I think that allowed everyone to be friendly and get one on one help.”

—Previous Workshop Participant

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