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Papel Picado: Traditional Mexican Paper Cutting

October 6 - 11, 2024

Guadalupe Hernandez  ·  website

Workshop Overview

This course will introduce students to the art of paper cutting. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, students will learn the basic techniques and skills to create intricate and beautiful paper cuts. This course will cover both traditional and contemporary paper-cutting styles and provide students with the opportunity to experiment with different tools and materials. Students will create their own paper-cutting designs and have gain a deeper appreciation for this unique art form. Open to all skill levels.


  • Understanding of positive and negative space
  • Use of chisels and punches for paper cutting
  • Basic paper cutting techniques


  • Leather punches
  • Woodworking chisels
  • Utility blades
  • Kozo paper


  • An understanding of the principles and history of paper-cutting
  • Basic knowledge of paper cutting tools, materials, and techniques
  • Development of paper-cutting skills through practice
  • Create original paper-cutting designs



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Guadalupe Hernandez (b.1993) is a Texas-based multidisciplinary artist who earned his MFA from Houston Baptist University in 2021. Hernandez was born in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, before relocating to Pleasanton, TX, a small city south of San Antonio, in 1998. Despite the move to the United States, Hernandez maintained a deep connection to his Mexican heritage and customs through time-honored familial traditions. Hernandez’s practice examines themes of family, labor, and cultural practices through a series of paintings and works of cut paper inspired by the traditional Mexican craft of Papel Picado. Hernandez is the current Visiting Artist of Color with the Art Students League of Denver. He was notably among six pairs of visual artists in the 2022 US Latinx Art Forum Mentorship Program supporting an intergenerational skill exchange. He has participated in artist residencies with institutions such as the Asia Society Texas Center, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Mexic-Arte Museum, and Project Row Houses. Hernandez’s works have been exhibited at the Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, TX; Chicano Park Museum, San Diego, CA; The McNay, San Antonio, TX; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX; Presa House Gallery, San Antonio, TX; Houston Holocaust Museum, Houston, TX; Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX and Beeville Art Museum, Beeville, TX. Hernandez’s works are in the permanent collections of the City of San Antonio Public Collection, San Antonio, TX; Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; and the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ.

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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