SUN—June 12—12 PM ET
$10 ($5 ASF Members)

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Learn to create wonderful paper-cut beings with celebrated Danish paper-cutting artist Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen in a class held via Zoom! Clausen, who has held paper-cutting workshops in Denmark, Japan and the U.S., has created a magical paper-cut universe inhabited by beings previously confined inside the paper. “I can sense that the beings are in the paper, but at the same time they are sad. After some help from the scissors, they travel around happily in our diverse world,” Clausen explains of his artwork.

In this online workshop, Clausen will share his techniques and guide viewers through creating their own paper-cut magic. Participants will also explore the paper-cut artwork of renowned storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, and hear about Clausen’s own journey to becoming a paper-cutting artist.

The class will take place as virtual instruction over Zoom; students should supply their own materials to cut alongside Clausen. Skill is beginner-level and above.


  • Sharp pair of scissors
  • Five pieces of any color paper sized approximately 4 x 4 inches (approximately the thickness of printer paper)
  • Five pieces of any color paper sized approximately 1 x 2 inches
  • Additional paper to use as needed

About the Instructor

Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen started as a paper-cut artist in 2004. Since then, he has exhibited over 110 places in the U.S., Japan, and Denmark and has held numerous workshops in the same countries.Clausen lives in Odense, Denmark, which is the birthplace of world-famous fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen, who was also a very skilled paper-cut artist.

Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen seeks with his paper cuts to maintain and renew this old paper cut tradition, which Hans Christian Andersen was an exponent of almost 200 years ago. Learn more on his website, Facebook pageEtsy shop or follow him at @JarlstroemPaper (Twitter) and @JarlstroemPaperArt (Instagram).