Origami Connect is OrigamiUSA’s program of online classes, open to anyone anywhere in the world, whether or not you are a member of OrigamiUSA. All you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Origami Connect classes are taught in two or three sessions during the year, with individual classes happening approximately monthly. See the class listing below. You do not need to be a member of OrigamiUSA to attend Origami Connect classes.
Classes are around 2 hours long. All registrants will receive a link to the recording of the live event afterward. Register early! Registration and other information is in the ORIGAMI CONNECT menu at upper right.
All Origami Connect presenters are experienced artists, folders, and/or teachers, and all Origami Connect events include a facilitator. Presenters are volunteers donating their time and talent to share the joy of origami and connect folders everywhere. Please support us to help us keep this program affordable and accessible to as many folders as possible!
This models is designed based on the traditional model called rose/camellia.
In the beginning of the class, we will practice folding the rose/camellia then fold the brooch.
By adding the small pieces of washi paper, you can design your own appealing brooch
Rose/camellia : 6 inch kami
Brooch : 6 inch (base), 1.5 inch x 2 or 4 (additional small parts), a brooch pin
Do you ever feel constrained by the limited color options offered by traditional origami paper packs? In this class, you'll learn how to paint sections of origami paper for beautiful visual effects & gradients. In class, we'll be working with a variation of sonobe units, but techniques can be applied to any modular design. If you'd like to make a larger model (30 units or more), you might want to come to class with units pre-folded. We'll be doing 6 or 12 unit models in class.
White or black origami paper (or a color you'd like to contrast) cut into 7.5cm squares. Please be sure to bring as many papers as units you'd like to make (cube: 6 units, octahedron: 12 units, icosahedron: 30 units
Box-O and Cube Friend are designs I created experimenting with making creatures based on geometric shapes. The core shapes for them are a rectangular prism and a cube. A well-known challenge in origami design is creating single-sheet 3D shapes, and normally a lot of paper is hidden to lock them together, but here it gets used for things like arms and legs that bring the shapes alive. While they are very cute, the mix of delicate 3D shapes and more traditional flat limbs requires some care and skill to fold well. Students should be able to fold at least at a high intermediate level, and be prepared to fold crisp and accurate creases.
Box-O: 1 8 inch or 10 inch square of kami
Cube Friend: 1 6 inch square of kami
Rosebud/Tulip - A simple warmup model using a traditional base
Spiral Daisy - One of the staple designs in my spiral flower series. It is completely stable and self-locking, with no extra prep required! This was designed for my sister's wedding. The pattern can be emulated with pentagons, hexagons, etc., but I will teach from a 6" square of kami
Supplies: 6" square of kami or other paper. I prefer tant or Astrobrights 24lb writing paper available in most office supply stores.
Jubilant is part of a new series of stars created by Anita. The front and back are different, and both are appealing.
6 sheets of 3” or larger square paper. Please have extra sheets of paper available for variations.
A beautiful vase and jasmine flower created by Pasquale D’Auria.
For the vase, a square with a minimum side of 18 cm; 24 cm is recommended
For jasmine, use a regular pentagon with a side of at least 10 cm.
For both models you can use plain paper (also photocopy paper), for the vase you can also use slightly thicker paper.
Cy-Cloned is a fun 8 piece model that exemplifies the geometric influence on Yossi’s creations.
Duo colored Kami
Using 10x5cm sheets, the final model has a diameter of 12 cm.
Questions? Email us at origamiconnect [at] origamiusa.org.