Learn a few easy models and then learn how to teach them to people of all ages and abilities at a table set-up with access to the public, a.k.a. Teaching Tables. This class is free to those who commit to volunteer two hours for OrigamiUSA at the upcoming Teaching Table events at the museum in 2013-14. For free registration, call the OrigamiUSA office at 212-769-5635 or email admin [at] origamiusa [dot] org. You may also elect to pay for this class, if you are unable to volunteer.
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Special Sessions - December 15, 2013
This is a listing of the Special Sessions for December 15, 2013, both morning and afternoon sessions.
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Session 2013 dec morning
Festoon your house with holiday cheer. Donna will teach three easy ways to brighten your season. Start with Laura Kruskal’s chain out of gold and silver foil, then add some simple hearts out of holiday paper (a Scandinavian Christmas tradition) and finish off with some tree lights by Leyla Torres. Pass the glüg please.
Let Toshiko enlighten you to the many benefits of origami. She will introduce a new approach to origami through the principles of Enrichment Origami Art Therapy. Along the way, you will learn many traditional Japanese models, including ones that transform. For example, a boat that transforms to a person (yakkosan) that transforms to a camera.
Here’s your chance to really master the skill of finding thirds. All three models in this class utilize folding thirds. The elegant bowl and useful box start out with nearly identical precreases. The flat box features beautiful detailing along the top and bottom edges. Maureen will show you shortcuts for folding multiple papers into thirds.
Look to the heavens for this class and admire a galaxy of stars. Jean has a collection of brilliant stars that are truly inspiring. These include works by Tomoko Fuse, Carmen Sprung and Huy Von Lee. Some are flat, some are 3-D; some are modular and some are 1-piece. All are magnificent!
Session 2013 dec afternoon
But wait, there’s more! These folding boxes open up to reveal more and more hidden ones. In all, there are seven separate places to hide your surprise gifts, money, poems or wishes. Introduced at Origami Heaven by Mariette Kok of The Netherlands as a traditional Chinese Sewing Box, this was a huge hit.
Weaving these boxes and baskets underwater is not recommended. Nonetheless you’ll have fun learning this technique from Arlene. Start by cutting one-inch strips from scrapbook paper, then create an eight by eight woven grid. From there, finish off a basket or a box by weaving the ends together. The method can be easily adapted to make hearts or rectangular boxes.
Get those fingers busy! Once you learn these ingenious calendars, you won’t be able to stop making them. Each unit of these 12-piece modulars has a month printed on them. Assemble them and voilà, you have a complete calendar. How cool is that?! Now you’ll the perfect gift for the New Year and your friends will think of you the whole year long.
Keep your money safe from inflation. Fold them into something priceless and timeless! Both these models use the design of the dollar bill to great effect. Michael LaFosse’s Butterfly has $1 or $2 spots depending on the species you fold. The $Dolphin by Stephen Weiss uses the borders of the bill to achieve eye detailing. Find bills with even top and bottom borders and bring them to class.
Be sure to ask Faye what a RhoDoDe is (perhaps a rhombidodecahedron?). But one thing is certain; it is an advanced form of Snapology, invented by Heinz Strobl. Long strips of paper or ribbon are used to make these woven masterpieces. In class, ticker tape will be provided for learning the model and ribbon will be available for more advanced folders.