Art After Work with Tom Greensfelder

Thursday, October 19, 2023
5–8 p.m. central
4865 N Ravenswood Ave Chicago, IL 60628

Art After Work with Tom Greensfelder

Join Intuit for Art After Work, a series of facilitated art-making workshops. This month, Intuit is partnering with Artists Book House to host a special Art After Work with Tom Greensfelder. Tom will facilitate a workshop inspired by his work as a paper model collector and maker. The workshop will take place at artist Hugh Spector’s Ravenswood Studio. Register here.

Workshop Description

Paper Model Workshop

Paper models have a long history. The first known paper model is from the 1500s. They’ve seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years thanks to the internet. It may be one of the few hobbies where the materials can be distributed digitally. The older models have a particular fascination beyond nostalgia: used for entertainment, advertising and propaganda, they reveal the imagination and cultural tropes that captivated our predecessors.

In the workshop, Tom will give a brief overview of the history and variety of paper models, after which participants will have an opportunity to construct one for themselves. The materials are simple: a craft knife, a scoring tool, white glue and a straight edge.


Materials at Hugh Spector’s Studio

  • paper model sheets
  • x-acto knives
  • rulers
  • glue
  • scoring tools
  • mat board


Due to the smaller capacity of the workshop, tickets are tiered at $10 or $20 for this event. Please select the amount you would like to pay at checkout.  

Meet Tom Greensfelder

Tom Greensfelder runs his own design firm, Greensfelder Design, here in Chicago. His clients have included Broadway In Chicago; the Grant Park Music Festival; the Illinois Humanities Council; AFSCME Council 31; and cartoonists Nicole Hollander and Lynda Barry.

20 years ago he stumbled on a world he had never encountered before, vintage paper models. It was the early days of Ebay, and before he knew it he had over 7,000 models in his collection. The oldest are from the end of the 19th century and the collection includes subjects as diverse as the Man in the Moon’s home, a man whose head is a block of margarine, the story of Jeanne d’Arc in seven tableaux, and, last but not least, a French brothel.

Please note that due to the nature of the workshop, this Art After Work is three hours in length. There will be a break after the first 90 minutes, and any participants who cannot stay for the full duration can leave at that time.

Please contact Dani Wieder at with questions related to accessibility accommodations.

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Art After Work is funded in part by the Alphawood Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trust, Terra Foundation for American Art, and individual donations from Intuit members and supporters.

Special thanks to Gamma Xi Phi, a professional artist fraternity, for their support.