Playing with Paper 1 Day Workshop


Develop your imagination and enjoy some creative play with Akira Kamada.

Saturday 19 August: 10am-4pm
Sunday 20 August: 10am-4pm

All essential materials will be provided by the tutor but it would be helpful if participants could bring some old newspapers or magazines, a pair of paper scissors, a roll of masking tape, a paintbrush for applying glue and a hand towel or rag. There is no materials fee for this workshop.

Suitable for All Skill Levels, ages 16+

Using recycled paper and cardboard you will create a number of small contemporary sculptures to gift to friends or brighten up your own spaces.

In the morning sessions you will construct small standing works by intersecting pieces of cardboard, cut into various shapes. You will be shown how to make the joints stable and strong, and can give thought to how to express your individuality through your use of collage or colour on the surfaces.

Afternoons will be spent creating rolled paper sculptures that focus on negative space, and shadows. You will use recycled paper from magazines or catalogues and learn useful tips based on Japanese ‘koyori’ techniques. As they are light-weight, they can be hung on a wall or from a ceiling, or can sit free-standing.

Your creations can be abstract or realistic – the possibilities are endless!

This is a one-day workshop! The same class will run on both days.

SKU: PWP-1D2023 Category:


About Akira

Akira Kamada is a sculptor and installation artist whose central concern is the impact of human behaviour on the natural environment, and on our overall social fabric. He mostly works with natural, recycled or re-purposed materials.

Kamada began exhibiting in group shows and public exhibitions from the early 2000s.  In 2006 he was selected for Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, and has since exhibited there numerous times, as well as in a range of city and regional shows. He has won prizes, grants and scholarships through exhibiting at Sculpture by the Sea, Sculpture in the Vineyards, the North Sydney Art Prize, the Warringah Art Prize, Killalea Sculpture Show and the Jervis Bay & Basin Arts Festival. Commissions include installations at Sculpture Rocks, The Rocks in 2021 and at Moona Moona Creek for the opening of the SeeChange Arts Festival in 2018.

Kamada moved from Sydney to the Jervis Bay area in 2014, where he combines his artistic practice with building a life in the bush and running regular sculpture workshops for children and adults in Sydney, Perth and regional areas.

Additional information


SATURDAY 19 August, SUNDAY 20 August

What to Bring

Student Requirements List

All optional– but very useful

  • Old newspapers and/or magazines
  • Pair of paper scissors
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Paintbrush for applying glue
  • Hand towel or rag


  • You must wear closed-toe shoes (no thongs or sandals)
  • Apron, protective clothes or old clothes