Meet Our Instructor
Paper maker Cozy Bendesky, M. Ed brings a rich appreciation of paper making and book making techniques to our staff. She marries her love of 18th century history and knowledge of ancient and modern fiber art techniques to create both original fine art journals and museum quality reproduction clothing and furnishings, most recently recreating complete room furnishings for a historic house museum in New York City.
Since 1996 Cozy has travelled all over the US teaching surface design techniques to adults and has worked for both public and private schools in the Philadelphia area since 2005.
No new workshops are scheduled at this time. (See past workshops.)
Private workshops and paper making birthday parties are always available.
Birthday Parties And Private Workshops
Looking for a unique party or retreat experience? Historic RittenhouseTown now offers private paper arts workshops for children and adults.
Children ages 6-12 will work with our resident paper artist to make 1-2 pieces of handmade paper. Parties can be booked on weekdays or weekends. A typical paper making session lasts up to one hour. Guests may use the paper making studio's adjacent picnic area for an additional hour. Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks are welcome.
Fee: $150 for five children plus $10 for each additional child. A minimum of five children is required. There will be a flat fee of $150 if the minimum is not met.
Paper Making: Adult
Enjoy wine and snacks with your group while learning to make paper. Your paper can be used for place cards, baby announcements or thank you notes. This private, two-hour weekday or weekend workshop is perfect for birthdays. showers or a friends' day out. Guests may use the paper making studio's adjacent picnic area for an additional hour. Wine and snacks will be provided. Outside food is also welcome.
Fee: $200 for the first five participants plus $10 for each additional participant. A minimum of five participants is required. There will be a flat rate of $200 if the minimum is not met.
Using original colorful papers made by Paper Artist Cozy Bendesky or your own papers brought from home, make books ready to hold sketches, memories or signatures. Each participant will learn book sewing techniques to build an original journal and prepare pages for journaling. This three-hour workshop can be booked on a weekday or weekend.
Fee: $260 fee for the first five participants. $24 for each additional participant.
A minimum of five participants is required. There will be a flat rate of $260 if the minimum is not met.
Step out of the office and into history. Rent space at RittenhouseTown for your next work retreat and add a one-hour paper making experience for an additional fee of $150 .
Contact us today to book your private party, workshop or retreat.
Valentine Card Making: February 12
Create a Keepsake Art Book: February 25, November 5
St. Patrick's Day Card Making: March 11
Paste Papers: April 2
Open Vats Guided Paper Making: April 9, August 27, November 14
Mother's Day Card Making: May 13
Simple Bookbinding: May 27
Father's Day Card Making: June 11
18th Century-Style Journal Making: July 1, August 14
Making Paper With Seeds, Leaves and Flower Petals: July 9
Paper from Plants: August 26
Encaustic Collage: September 10