Scherenschnitte: The Art of Paper Cutting with Pamela Dalton

Learn the  intricate art of Scherenschnitte, a scissor-cutting technique.  Paper cutting began in China and became popular in many diverse cultures.  The term scherenschnitte comes from the Pennsylvania Dutch paper cutting tradition, which began in the 18th century.

Students will learn to create a design using knives and scissor cutting techniques. Students will begin to experiment with elementary designs, before moving to a complex final composition of your choice.  Finish your piece by learning to paint a wood frame using the historical technique of “false graining “. Your scherenschnitte will be ready for hanging.

We will also look at paper cutting in other cultures and American examples from the late 18th century to the present day.

Additional patterns and materials list is provided for students to continue working on their own.  will be provided for at home use.

No prior experience is necessary.

Maximum class size: 8

Pamela Dalton’s Scherenschnitte have delighted collectors worldwide for almost twenty-five years. Her work is created in the tradition of early American paper cutting popular in the Pennsylvania Dutch regions of this country in the early nineteenth century.

Dalton’s original designs are influenced by popular historical themes: patriotism, biblical and religious motifs, and scenes from rural life. Each piece is sketched freehand by the artist and then cut by hand, so no two are exactly alike. Each work is cut from a single piece of paper and frames in a false grain frame.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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