Kiri-e Papercutting: Butterfly

Transform a simple piece of paper into a work of intricate art.

What will I learn in this class?
With nothing more than a blank piece of paper and a sharp knife, learn how traditional kiri-e papercutting techniques build up detail and depth on your way to an elegant depiction of a butterfly.

What is the goal of this class?
Detailed knifework improves manual dexterity and focus, while the nature of kiri-e forces artists think in new ways as they work by subtraction rather than addition during the creative process.

Who teaches this class?
Sayaka Imai is an award-winning kiri-e artist whose work has appeared in galleries across Japan. A graduate of Osaka University of Arts, Imai’s works appeared at the Frederick Harris Gallery during an exhibition last summer.


  • May 13
  • 2–4pm
  • Beate Sirota Gordon & Haru Reischauer classrooms
  • ¥4,000 (materials fee: ¥1,000)
  • Cancellation deadline: May 1