The Chester Springs Studio will be hosting special SCHERENSCHNITTE WORKSHOPS in October with one evening workshop for adults on October 5 and a morning workshop on October 8 for parent/guardian and child.

Scherenschnitte is the art of cutting paper into decorative designs and comes from the German meaning “scissor cuts”.  Popular in Switzerland and Germany in the 16th century, it was brought to America in the 18th century when Germans settled in Pennsylvania.  This art work often has symmetry within the design and common forms include silhouettes, Valentines and love letters.

Participants should bring a 10”x12” or 11”x8 1/2” frame, a pair of sharp pointed scissors and an x-acto knife.  (Children must be old enough to understand the use of scissors.) You will leave the workshop with a completed, framed work of art.

John Miller will be our instructor. John states that he loves the insight Schernschnitte artwork gives into the life of Colonial America and has taught scissor cutting workshops in Chester County for many years.  A lifelong Chester County resident, he is a retired elementary school teacher, current president of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, and an educator at Springton Manor Farm.
Please visit http://yellowsprings.org/classes-workshops/workshops/ full details and to register.