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Workshop: Papercutting on Stage: Kamishibai & Paper Theaters with Béatrice Coron

9 March 2021 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm UTC+0

For more information and registration, go HERE.

Masking and revealing is essential to story telling and will be played with to create a stage in form of a tunnel book, multi-layers card or artist book. Looking at historical forms of Japanese and Victorian paper theaters, we will explore news ways to tell a story with cut papers. Participants will learn different techniques of papercutting and how to design a stage for a story to develop. Stop animation, video inclusion, and live performance will be discussed.

Tips, tricks and resources will be provided. All levels of experience are welcome. This class is meant to inspire with lecture and examples. Hands on examples are shown and can be finalized after the class.

Required Materials:

  • Cutting mat
  • Exacto knife, blades 11
  • Binder board or cardboard
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • US letter-size paper and cardstock
  • Recycled papers (magazines, cereal boxes, small misc. product boxes)


  • Art supplies
  • Thread & needle

About the Instructor, Béatrice Coron

I collect many stories. Born and raised in France, I was a city dweller, a shepherdess and truck driver among others, then I worked in tourism and lived in Egypt, China, Mexico. I enjoy stories and working with my hands. That’s why settling as an artist in New York City, I started exploring visual storytelling with the techniques of papercutting. I draw with a blade to create empty and full shapes in artist books that cast shadows. Playing with shapes from 2D to 3D each project follows its own path. For public art I translate my hand-cut artwork in metal, glass or stone. I am looking for an artist community to connect with other artist around common interests.

Center for Book Arts

28 West 27th Street, 3rd floor
New York, New York 10001 United States
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Image courtesy of the artist and Center for Book Arts.