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Convention 2014: Remote Classes

For the 2014 convention we’re trying an experiment to allow members to participate in Convention 2014, even if they can’t attend: Remote Classes! Using an online virtual class technology, you will be able to join selected classes remotely via the internet, with the possibility to ask questions of the instructor and interact with the other class attendees, as in on-site classes.

When you register for a Remote class, you will receive an email with details, guidelines and instructions on how to attend the class. You will need a computer connected to the Internet and a browser that supports the web-conferencing platform (test instructions will be included in the email).

Remote classes have a nominal $5 fee for each class and are available only to members of OrigamiUSA. We’ve used the system in the past, but with computers, nothing is assured, so if there is a problem with the experiment, your money will be refunded immediately. We hope we will have successful online classes, and that you will be able to help us support expanding the joy of folding.

  • Online registration for Remote Classes is now closed.

Here are the classes that will be available:

  • Saturday, 11 to 11:45am
    Nick Robinson, Animals, Animals
    Level: Low Intermediate
    Description: An assembly of young animals, including a baby rabbit, a mad dog, and Sue's flapper (a baby bird).
  • Saturday, 12:30 to 1:30pm
    Erik and Martin Demaine, Recent Results
    Level: Not Rated
    The Demaines will discuss recent results and developments in their research on computational origami, folding robots, and curved crease sculpture.
  • Sunday, 10 to 10:45am
    Robert Lang, RiF-RiF Bird
    Level: Intermediate
    This is a rigidly-foldable, rigidly-flapping bird (similar to Randlett's New Flapping Bird). Although this design takes only few folds, it makes use of precise reference points and has a double-reverse-fold, so it's not simple.
  • Sunday, 2 to 2:45pm
    Isa Klein, Anthea
    Level: Intermediate
    Anthea is a cross between a star and a flower. It can be assembled with 3, 4 or 5 modules, all resulting in a pleasing final model. This creation was inspired by observing the angles of a previous creation. It is marvelous to observe the kind of freedom that the paper allows!
  • Monday, 10 to 11:45am
    Jeremy Shafer, Design Workshop
    Level: Low Intermediate
    In this class we will first brainstorm ideas for subjects to fold and then, once we've decided what to fold, Jeremy will walk the class through the process that he takes to design a model. Keep in mind that origami designs usually evolve over many tries, and sometimes even end up morphing into something completely different from what we set out to fold, so what we'll end up with by the end of the class is anybody's guess!
  • Saturday, 2:00 to 3:45pm
    Reindeer (Reno) by Fabian Correa
    Level: Intermediate
    This class will be presented on a screen to students in a classroom at FIT by a teacher who is off-site. This is an intermediate level reindeer that allows a lot of shaping at the end which makes the model look more artistic.
  • Saturday, 4 to 4:45pm
    Wheat Ears by Aurèle Duda
    Level: Intermediate
    This class will be presented on a screen to students in a classroom at FIT by a teacher who is off-site. The Wheat Ears model is folded from a strip of paper in a ratio of length to width of 4:1. You can comfortably fold it in A3 paper cut in three strips ( around 40x10cm). The design has been rethought for a workshop at the last French Convention at Colmar Trois-Épis.