Class Description: This class will provide an introduction to traditional methods and materials of western hand papermaking, as well as contemporary creative techniques to make two-dimensional paper artworks. With an initial focus on sheet production (making paper by hand), students will explore inclusions (a wet “collage” technique), translucent pulps, and pigmented pulps to incorporate imagery directly into their paper, making unique or editioned works of art. Students of all disciplines and levels are encouraged to bring their ideas to this tactile medium.

- Learn the techniques and tools of hand papermaking using various fibers, including cotton and abaca
- Develop a nuanced sensibility towards the characteristics of paper
- Develop an understanding of how contemporary creative techniques are related to historical methods
- Develop a personal voice and vocabulary using paper pulp as the artistic medium

Current Class Sections:
Section I: Thursday 1:00 - 4:00pm
Section II: Thursday 6:30 - 9:30pm
Sep 15 - Oct 20  | 6 Weeks | Ages 18+ | $165

About the Instructor:Born and raised in New York City, Anna Hendrick Karpatkin Benjamin lives and works out of her home studio in Philadelphia. She began her arts education at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and continued at Haverford College where she received a B.A. in Fine Arts (Printmaking) and Education (2013). After teaching in museums, schools and community art centers in the Philadelphia area, Benjamin went on to receive an M.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (2017). In 2018 she was the inaugural recipient of the West Bay View Foundation Fellowship at Dieu Donné Papermill in Brooklyn, New York, and a Studio Workspace Resident in papermaking at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York in 2019. She is currently the 2021 Windgate Fellow with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ two year Visual Artist Fellowship program. Benjamin utilizes paper, print, drawing and hand cutting to construct spaces through pattern, repetition and ritual. In addition to her personal practice, Benjamin is the lead organizer of Prints for Protest, a collaborative portfolio project raising funds for organizations that protect civil rights and advocate for social justice.