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The Artful Pop-up: Painted Paper Pop-ups

March 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Instructor: Helen McCusker
Duration: 1 day, Sunday, March 29
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Course fee: $95 members/non-members
Materials fee: $15 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none

Registration closes Weds, Mar 25 11:59 PM EST

The Artful Pop up is a different kind of Paper Engineering workshop where you find inspiration in unique, hand-painted papers and use them to create one-off kinetic artworks. Starting with a few simple Pop-Up structures, we will integrate elements in the papers, such as interesting shapes, negative space, patterns, etc. You can incorporate photos and make a very personalized pop up, or keep it loose and abstract, make simple architectural statements – whatever your vision, we can turn it into a beautiful, moving pop up piece.

You will leave with at least one finished folio piece with board covers – possibly more if time allows. It could be an accordion book, or a card format or flat-laying paper sculpture, depending what you choose.

Painted papers will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own, too!

Helen McCusker is a practicing artist with over 35 years of experience. She has been a member of the Etobicoke Art Group for many years and is an Instructor for Neilson Park Creative Centre, Visual Arts Mississauga, and Haliburton School of Art & Design. Active in the local art scene, Helen shows her work regularly at Neilson Park Creative Center, Visual Arts Mississauga, and other venues. Paper Engineering (Pop Up) and Paper Sculpture have been a regular part of Helen’s art practice for over twenty years. She has taught many workshops to a variety of groups, amongst them – The Etobicoke Art Group, Visual Arts Mississauga, CBBAG and private workshops. One of Helen’s PopUp works is in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Collection. She recently displayed her largest pop up yet (66″ High!) in the window at Gallery 1313. Helen’s teaching is based on a solid understanding of paper engineering techniques and practices, and personal attention to each student. She is enthusiastic about helping students discover their potential and encouraging artistic exploration. To see Helen’s work, go to: theartfulpopup.blogspot.ca, Helen McCusker Artist on Facebook or Helen McCusker on Instagram.


March 29
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


CBBAG Bindery
180 Shaw Street, Suite 102
Toronto, Ontario Canada