When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Sarah Lucy Baxandall
  • Course Code W22TTSA12A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

If you have ever wondered how handmade paper gets its special character and texture, this is the class for you. You will learn all the core techniques for preparing pulp, forming sheets and then enhancing them with decoration, colour and shape. You will learn about papermaking’s sustainability and versatility, and leave armed with a good variety of papers that you can use for your own projects. This short course is also an excellent introduction to our other, more specialised classes for students who catch the papermaking bug and want to learn more.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Prepare pulp for sheet forming using appropriate fibres
  • Form consistent sheets of paper on a mould and deckle
  • Add colour and embellishment to your paper
  • Create various shaped sheets of paper


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    In the first session you will learn all about equipment, pulp preparation and how to make rectangular sheets of paper with confidence. We will then add colour, decorative elements and varying shapes to our sheets, and learn about drying processes. During the second session there will be plenty of time to practise and experiment with guidance from the tutor. There will be a chance to look at examples on both days, and a show-and-tell session to share achievements. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor in a constructive and supportive environment.

    Entry requirements

    This course is suitable for all levels from complete beginners onwards. More advanced students may work independently on their own projects.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    You will be working with water and pigments so wear old clothing and bring an apron. Where water is used you will be made aware of the risk of slipping, and students need to ensure water is mopped up during the session. You will work either standing up or sitting. Students co-operate to clear up the communal working areas at the end of the session and put away equipment. The class is situated on the second floor of the Nancy Seear Building. There is partial disabled access via a stair lift. Please contact ALS on 0207 450 1972 or VDA admin on 0207 450 1934 before enrolling if you have any mobility support needs.

    What you need

    You will need two or three packs of low-cost flat J-cloths, a waterproof apron and one or two carrier bags or a plastic file box to take damp work home in.

    What you can do next

    The course provides an excellent start to making paper by hand. Once you have mastered the basic techniques you can return term and term again to improve your skills and develop ideas. There are also more specialised papermaking courses to try. Papermaking has an affinity with textiles, printmaking and bookbinding, and Morley offers courses in these areas to help you further your creative endeavours.