Papirshnit (Jewish Papercut Arts): 
Papercut arts have been used as a traditional art form found in many countries and cultures around the world. Papirshnit, the Yiddish word for papercut is a traditional Jewish folk art with roots in both Sephardic and Ashkenazi folk culture. But what makes a Jewish Papercut, also known as Papirshnit, Jewish? In this class, participants learn now to read a Jewish papercut, gain an appreciation and understanding of the lexicon of Jewish symbols used in creating Jewish papercuts. We will focus on traditional Jewish papercuts, as well as contemporary pieces which were created since it's revival in the 1980's. Students will also learn basic techniques in design, layout, cutting and displaying. After a few exercises each participant will be able to design their own pieces suitable for framing!

Papirshnit students in Chicago. Fall 2012.

Papirshnit students in Chicago. Fall 2012.