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Class Descriptions

Spring 2020
Schedule of Workshops & Events


For the maker and curious creative looking for new artistic expressions, Paper Seahorse classes are modern and fun.  All materials included.  Bring an open heart and mind.  Learn something new, make with your hands, give from the heart. Register online and visit www.paperseahorse.com for updates. Please make sure to read our classes policy.*

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EVENTS + GUEST TEACHER WORKSHOPS     

SPECIAL EVENT: Picnic in the Park Make + Take at The Plant Museum, FREE and open to the public

Join us at the Henry B. Plant Museum for their 16th Annual Picnic in the Park. We’ll be hosting a FREE Make + Take, bring the entire family! Our activities will include: Paper Crafting with The Paper Seahorse and the Tampa Type Writing Bar

 

March 8th Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm, FREE


SPECIAL EVENT: Florida Origami Group Meet-Up, FREE and open to the public

Have you always wanted to try this ancient art of paper folding? Have you been folding in solitude? Have you tried to watch a video or read a pattern only to be frustrated? Or maybe you already fold and want to learn new models with fun and interesting people? Then we have the group for you! The Tampa Bay Origami Society invites you to its inaugural meeting. Our mission it to spread the joys of folding to all ages. We will be folding two to three models.

No experience is necessary. All supplies and refreshments provided, feel free to bring anything that you would like to share (paper, books, snacks or just yourself.) Please be warned, folding paper is addictive, meditative and highly enjoyable. Please RSVP so we know how many to prepare for!

This event is FREE, but please register so we know how many to plan for.

February 15th Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm, FREE
March 21st Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm, FREE
April 18th Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm, FREE
May 16th Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm, FREE

 

SPECIAL EVENT: Origami Next Level, FREE and open to the public

Do you love Origami? Have you not been able to join us on the 3rd Saturday of the Month? Are you looking for advanced beginner or intermediate folding? Good news! We have added a night meet up on the first Wednesday of the month.

All materials including paper and instruction are provided, however feel free to bring something to share. Origami is a very relaxing, fun and meditative experience. Come join us and meet fellow origami enthusiasts! This event is FREE, but please register and RSVP so we know how many to plan for.

March 4th Wednesday 6:30pm to 8:30pm, FREE
April 1st Wednesday 6:30pm to 8:30pm, FREE
May 6th Wednesday 6:30pm to 8:30pm, FREE

 

SPECIAL EVENT: Tampa Bay Letter Writer's Social, Members Only
Calling anyone who loves writing and keeping in touch. This group is dedicated to those interested in letter writing, snail mail, and mail art. Our goal is to keep putting pen to paper, typing, and keeping the written word alive. This includes all forms of correspondence. We host regular letter writing socials and special events throughout Tampa Bay. We look forward to meeting everyone and bringing the joys of letter writing to as many folks as possible. Everybody brings something to share and we have a monthly theme. If you’d like to join us throughout the year there is an annual membership fee of $35.

February 29th Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm 
March 28th Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm
April 25th Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm
May 30th Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

SPECIAL EVENT: Letter Writer's Social, FREE and Open to the public

Calling anyone who loves writing and keeping in touch. This group is dedicated to those interested in letter writing, snail mail, and mail art. Our goal is to keep putting pen to paper, typing, and keeping the written word alive. This includes all forms of correspondence.

We host regular letter writing socials and special events throughout Tampa Bay. We look forward to meeting everyone and bringing the joys of letter writing to as many folks as possible. Everybody brings something to share and we have a monthly theme. Free Letter Writers Socials are open to the public and are held on the last Thursday of the month:

March 26th Thursday 6:30pm to 8:30pm
April 30th Thursday 6:30pm to 8:30pm
May 28th Thursday 6:30pm to 8:30pm

 

SPECIAL EVENT: TRAVELER’S Notebook & Midori Meet-Up 
Whether you want to start documenting your life, need a planner overhaul, or are looking to enhance your journaling practice, this meet-up is for you! We love the flexibility and customization of the Travelers Notebooks and Midori Notebooks. Come see how others use theirs and learn why this worldwide trend is so accessible.  These meet-ups include a sampler kit, a make-and-take, and plenty of swaps. Feel free to bring something to share with the group. Pre-registration is appreciated and guarantees a sampler kit.

February 29th Saturday 2:00pm to 4:00pm, $10

 

SPECIAL EVENT: What the Snail? A Youth Letter Writing, FREE and open to youth ages 9 -15

Come learn why snail mail is the hottest thing right now. Letter writing is so cool. Send a letter, get a letter back. Discover the power of the written word. Find out how to make your letters and cards stand out, how to properly address envelopes, the unique world of stamps and more. Each participant receives a letter writing kit to continue the journey as well as a membership into The Paper Seahorse Youth Letter Writers Alliance! This event is limited to 12 attendees. Pre-registration required. Sorry, no big kids allowed.

April 4th Saturday, 1:00pm to 2:30pm, FREE

 

SPECIAL EVENT: “Inky Geeks” Fountain Pen Meet-Up

If you love fountain pens, are curious about them, or are just getting started - this meetup is for you! We have had so many requests for a Tampa Bay Group that we are going to host regular socials. Come join us, bring your pens, and bring any burning questions you've had about pens. Refreshments will be provided for this afternoon meet up. We meet each quarter and alternate days/times: during the week at night and on the weekend during the day. Come get inky with us! This event is FREE and open to the public but please RSVP so we know how many to prepare for.

April 25th Saturday 2:00pm to 4:00pm, FREE



 

 

ARTS & CRAFTS         

Building Depth with Watercolor: 3 Part Series
This schedule of workshops is a series. Each subsequent class will build upon lessons learned in the previous class, however, students will be able to participate even if they join in on just one of any of the workshops. The goal is to have fun, relax, and let the paint and brushes teach us. Teacher: Curtis Whitwam

Register for the 3-part series for $195
Understanding Value: March 21st Saturday
Color Blending: April 11th Saturday
Filling in the Negative Space: May 9th Saturday

Building Depth with Watercolor: Understanding Value
Students will create 3 small monochromatic forest paintings as they learn about the different values of color and how these variations in value can work to build the illusion of depth into a painting. Watercolor basics such as brush care and brush control will be covered, and techniques like wet into wet application, lifting, and softening/blending edges. We will also cover materials such as paint and paper and why these elements can be important in assisting you in making the art that you envision. Learning to experiment with value in your work can take your art to the next level and once you try this technique it can be carried into your work no matter which medium you enjoy. Teacher: Curtis Whitwam

March 21st Saturday, 2:00pm to 4pm, $85

 

Building Depth with Watercolor: Color Blending
In this second class, we will be painting 3 small forest compositions utilizing our lesson in value and adding in the element of color blending. You will also create a small color chart to assist you in understanding how different pigments work together to create new and exciting colors. We will be, once again, creating the illusion of depth and interest in our paintings by using these new color mixing methods. This class will cover basic color theory, palette mixing, wet into wet watercolor application, wet into dry, lifting, softening edges, brush control, and basic composition planning. The paintings you create in this course will not only be fun to create, but they will help you build a new skill set for your artwork. Teacher: Curtis Whitwam

April 11th Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm, $85

 

Building Depth with Watercolor: Filling in the Negative Space
The “negative painting” technique is a meditative way to get totally lost in a painting and create art that you never thought you could! Students will learn how to use the transparency of watercolors to their advantage in creating 3 unique and fun paintings of foliage details. Brush control, building value, color mixing, contrast, and composition planning are all concepts and techniques that will be covered in this class. Realizing that once you learn to relax and go with the flow, watercolors can help guide your artwork towards beautiful results. These techniques will help you be able to convey your vision. Teacher: Curtis Whitwam

May 9th Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm, $85



 

 

PAPER CRAFT 

Mixed Media Collage
Please join our local mixed media artist for an evening of citrus cut paper collage! We will paint mixed-media paper using different techniques, learn about scale and composition, and, best of all, sketch, snip and assemble your own fruit-inspired collage artwork. All materials provided; you just need to bring yourself! Teacher: Meg Britten 

April 4th Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm, $65

 

Book Binding: Create Your Own Notebook
Learn how to make and take home a 12 page, 5x7in accordion book in this basic book making class. No stitching required... It’s the perfect starter class! And perfect for photos, memory keeping, stories, recipes and more. Create a book board cover using papers of your choice from Nepal, Italy and Japan. Discover tips for gluing and folding tight, smooth corners. Finish your book with your choice of ribbon and other embellishments. All materials will be provided, just bring your creativity. Teacher: Claire Formilan

April 5th Sunday, 10:00:am to 12:00pm, $65

 

Book Binding: Japanese Chopstick Style
Explore how to make a beautiful stitched book with a hinged cover accented with a chopstick. Learn the basics of constructing a hinge-joint cover, stitching the spine and choosing the right thread. Take home a 9.5" x 7", 30-page book that you make in this class. No prior experience is needed, and all materials will be provided. All you need is your imagination! Teacher: Claire Formilan

May 2nd Saturday, 10:00:am to 12:00pm, $65



  

 

CALLIGRAPHY & LETTERING CLASSES  

Capital Letters in Copperplate
Learn to work on the uppercase elements of Copperplate style. We’ll practice the form essence, how to build the letter forms, warm up exercises, and how to flourish them. We will work these letters individually, studying them and how to make the proper shapes and movements thanks to the position of our body and tools. We will also learn how to connect these capital letters with their lowercase partners and how to play together and position them in a sentence or text. 

This course is for those who know a bit of the copperplate calligraphy style or any pointed nib calligraphy and would like to keep improving their skills. Supplies will be provided and you’ll take home two elbow copperplate nibs, a pen holder, and a booklet to keep practicing. Teacher: Marta Llorens

March 7th Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm, $75

 

Tombow Brush Pen Lettering 101
Are you interested in hand lettering but not sure where to begin? Have you seen the pretty lettering all over social media and in the stores and want to try to do it yourself? Do you have bad handwriting and are afraid to try to learn hand lettering? Then this class is for you! In this basics class, you will learn how to hold a Tombow brush pen along with the basic strokes needed to create letters. You will also learn how to letter the alphabet and then connect those letters to make words. This is a great introduction to get your feet wet with the Tombow brush markers. At the end of the class, you’ll leave with your own brush pens, practice sheets and the confidence to continue lettering!  Note: this is different than the Brush Pen Calligraphy technique class. Teacher: Amanda Kammarada 

March 14th Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm, $65
May 23rd Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm $65

 

Faux Calligraphy: Creating and Addressing Your Own Stationery
Do you want to make someone’s day? Sending pretty mail can be simple, and more importantly fun. In this class, we’ll learn faux-calligraphy, the hand-lettering technique to achieve the coveted calligraphy look, without all the technicality of actually learning calligraphy. We’ll also create our own stationery, and use our new faux-calligraphy skills to address the envelopes to our favorite people. Teacher: Risha Roa

April 19th Sunday, 10:00am to 11:30am, $65

 

Intro to Modern Calligraphy: Lowercase + Basics
If you’re interested in learning pointed pen calligraphy with a modern twist, or just want to try something new - this class is for you! This class is geared toward beginners. Even if you have never picked up a calligraphy pen before don’t be intimidated — we’ll cover the basics, including prepping your pen to take its first dip, understanding ink flow and pressure essential to pointed pen calligraphy, and the creation of basic script letterforms. Infused in this class will be the principle foundations to this centuries-old form of art, which will provide you with a solid starting place in creating modern calligraphy with your own style.  You will walk away with the ability to replicate or produce your own lowercase alphabet, and the encouragement to practice and develop your own lettering style – all without having to have perfect handwriting! Basic supplies for this class will be provided and kits will be available for purchase if you’d like to practice your calligraphy at home (which is totally encouraged!). Teacher: Risha Roa

April 19th Sunday, 12:30pm to 3:30pm, $75



 

  

   

 

WRITING & JOURNALING CLASSES     

Watercolor Journaling 101
In our fast-paced digital world, it’s challenging to slow down and just enjoy life. Watercolor Journaling can do just that by helping you relax, observe and notice the little things around you.

Journaling is all about you, about self-nurturing, and about knowing yourself better. Watercolors are a great companion to your journaling practice as they are portable, easy to use and lend themselves to happy playing.

In this workshop, you’ll learn some watercolor basics and simple tips for working with them. Start playing in your new journal, making colorful borders and backgrounds, plus more. Get ideas on what to paint and how to maintain a rewarding journaling experience. A portable watercolor set, a journal and 2 brushes are yours to take home and continue with the fun. Teacher: Lynda Fishbourne

March 29th Sunday, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, $65

 

     

CREATE CHANGE NOW: SELF-DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

Unlocking the Power of Essential Oils
Do you find yourself in need of a more positive energy or help accomplishing your goals and dreams? Many of us struggle with self-imposed limitations, but there ARE tools you can use to help you move past mental roadblocks and find emotional peace. In this workshop we will utilize modern references on how to:

1) Address our negative self talk;

2) Create a helpful list of positive affirmations;

3) Learn about the aromatic and topical benefits of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils for emotional support;

4) Create a custom roller bottle blend of essential oils that address YOUR personal emotional needs.

You will learn to create blends to help you experience wellness and healing, and discover how applying them to certain areas of the body can create quick emotional shifts. This class is limited to 12 participants and includes a handout, materials for creating a list of positive affirmations, one glass roller bottle and the essential oils needed to make one custom blend that you take home. Teacher: Bailey Ryczek

February 23rd Sunday 10:00am to 12:00pm, $65

A Paper Seahorse Experience: Mindfulness in Modern Times
In today’s hectic and frantic paced world, wouldn’t it be nice to reduce stress and anxiety? Exhale and find more calm? We have one precious life and we owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to make it the best we can. In this two hour workshop, you will learn how to enhance the everyday with tools to help you slow down, be in the present moment and optimize happiness. Mindfulness concepts and techniques will be explored so you can start living a more peaceful and richer life. Your mini mindfulness kit is included.  Enjoy a digital detox with us.

March 30th Monday, 6:00pm to 8:00pm. $85



 

* THE FINE PRINT/OUR POLICIES:

Registration required for all classes. Please register for all classes either on the phone, in the studio, or online – space is limited and some classes fill up quickly.  We need a minimum number of students to hold any class.  Payment is due in full when registering.  

To receive a refund, class cancellation requests must be received one week prior to the class date. Cancellations for store-credit can be made within the week, up to 48-hours before the class start-time. Due to the nature of planning and material prep, we cannot offer a refund or store-credit for cancellations within 48 hours of the class or for “no-shows” the day of. Pre-registration is required for classes and events.

We try very hard to host a class that you are registered for, however sometimes unexpected class cancellations do happen. In the event your class is cancelled, we will notify you immediately- we try to give a 48 hours notice. You will have the option to transfer to another class, receive a refund, or wait until the class is scheduled again.

Classes start promptly on time. Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled.  If you arrive 15+ minutes after the class starts, you will have to reschedule and there will be no refund.  Classes are appropriate for ages 13 and up, unless otherwise noted.

 


 

 

Private, Group Lessons And Parties Available

If you are unavailable to attend a scheduled class, we can hold any class on the schedule with a minimum of five students. Private party classes have a minimum of six students and a maximum of 12.  Want to have a girls’ night out?  A friends’ crafternoon? We offer birthday parties (adults/kids) wedding and baby showers, too.  Contact us today to set up your next class via phone: 813.251.8096, email:hello@paperseahorse.com or better yet, stop in the studio, we’d love to meet you!

 

ABOUT THE PAPER SEAHORSE
The Paper Seahorse is a studio for creativity and mindfulness. Helping solve the digital dilemma is our specialty.  Curating handwritten and handmade experiences, we are dedicated to celebrating the creative spirit and the makers.From stationery finds, creative classes and special events, we have the tools to help you digitally detox.Mindfulness starts here with us.

 

Specialty Stationery

We offer a carefully curated collection of modern and nostalgic goods for the art of writing, paper and presentation.  These include: stationery, letterpress, custom and handmade invitations, giftwrap, writing instruments and accessories.

 

Creative Classes

For the maker and curious creative looking for new creative expressions, Paper Seahorse classes are modern and fun. These classes are also perfect for girls’ night out, date night, parties and special events.  All materials and refreshments are included.  Bring an open heart and mind.  Learn something new, make with your hands, give from the heart.  We also offers creative classes, pop-up events, wedding and baby showers as well as birthday parties for kids little and big.

 

Tampa Type: Typewriter Experiences

Our signature “writing bar” consists of a curated selection of typewriters from the 20’s to the 70’s ready for creating. We also specialize in customizing typewriter rentals for photo shoots props/display and parties. Tampa Type has the largest inventory of restored vintage typewriters for sale in Florida. Tampa Type’s permanent home is The Paper Seahorse.