Paper-cutting on Stage: Kamishibai and Paper Theaters (Fall 2021)

Artwork by Beatrice Coron
Artwork by Beatrice Coron
Artwork by Beatrice Coron
Beatrice working on a large papercut of a city skyline
Beatrice working on a large papercut of a city skyline

Event Info

This virtual workshop takes place on Wednesday, November 10 from 3–5pm ET

About the Workshop:

In this virtual workshop for all experience levels, artist and CBA Instructor Béatrice Coron will teach students how to make their very own paper-cut stage.

A paper-cut stage can take many forms including a tunnel book, multi-layered card, or an artist book. The class will draw inspiration from examples of paper stages from Japan, Victorian England, and more.

Students will consider how the kind of stories they want to tell can inform the structure they choose for their paper stage. Then Coron will share paper-cutting techniques that will allow students to create their own unique paper stages.

The class will also discuss various methods of activating a paper-cut stage like stop animation, video, and live performance. Finally, Coron will share tips, tricks, and resources to help students continue paper-stage-making in the future.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up!

Required Materials:

  • X-acto knife, blades 11
  • Cutting mat
  • Binder board or cardboard
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • US letter-size paper and cardstock

Optional Materials

  • Recycled papers (magazines, cereal boxes, etc)
  • Thread & needle
  • Art supplies

See if any of the required materials are available in CBA’s shop–>

About the Instructor

Paper-cutting artist Béatrice Coron was born and raised in France and lived on several different continents before settling in New York City. She pursues visual storytelling through paper-cutting – creating artist books, digital animations, and public art. Her work can be seen in major collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center. She has completed public art projects for transit systems in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

All images courtesy of the instructor. Photos by Etienne Frossard.

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future.

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