Classes - Previews

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Tassels

Level
Low Intermediate
Creator(s)
Brian Beitel
Teacher(s)
Brian Beitel

We will be folding this modular kusudama. The modules are pretty easy to fold. The model consists of 30 modular units that are assembled without glue or tape.
The goal in the class is to complete between 5 and 10 units and learn how to assemble them. We will not finish all 30 units, but if you have experience with modular models, you will be fine.

Floating boats, ships

Level
Intermediate
Creator(s)
Jannie van Schuylenburg
Teacher(s)
Jannie van Schuylenburg

We will make 2 or 3 boats.
A yacht with 3 sails, a barge, and when there is time a Chinese boat, what is my variation of the traditional model. When aqua paper is used the ships will floating for weeks.

Two Letterfolds by Tomoko Fuse

Level
Intermediate
Creator(s)
Tomoko Fuse
Teacher(s)
Chila Caldera

Both of these Simple-to-Intermediate letterfold/envelopes are diagrammed in Tomoko Fusé's Tatos book (in Japanese). I will teach the two models and then can repeat if there is time & interest.

Guru-guru Box

Level
Intermediate
Creator(s)
Akiko Yamanashi
Teacher(s)
Belle Fernandez

An Akiko Yamanashi creation, this modular box is made with 2 sheets of square paper, preferably duo or two colours, to distinguish the modules from each other. Each module have a handedness, one folded one way and the other the reverse. It has a cleaver assembly, as the units are interleaved and twisted opposite each other until it locks in place.

Compound Squares Tessellation

Level
Complex
Creator(s)
Madonna Yoder
Teacher(s)
Madonna Yoder

We will be folding the Mirrored Compound Squares Tessellation by Madonna Yoder and discussing variations on the pattern, including how to generalize the compounding method to other twists, how to add spacing between twists, and different arrangements of twists. We will also cover a method for grid division in thirds that is applicable to any odd grid divisions.

Eiffel Star

Level
Low Intermediate
Creator(s)
Hans-Werner Guth
Teacher(s)
Charlene MORROW

This clever modular takes a patterned paper, repeated 12 times, and makes it look like a kaleidoscope. The module is not difficult to fold and the construction is not too hard either --- assuming you are willing to pay close attention to the orientation of the paper and fold reasonably carefully! It's a good chance to try this modular model even if you have never tried one before. Bonus: If made from 7.5 cm (3 inch) paper, the star will fit perfectly into a Fuse hexagon box (see my other class) made from 15 cm (6 inch) paper, making a beautiful false bottom.

Guinea Pig, Opus 311

Level
Complex
Creator(s)
Robert J. Lang
Teacher(s)
Robert Lang

This is a 3D model that is best wet-folded but can be folded with nice foil or even kami. Photos show examples from all three types of paper. It contains several complex sinks, both open and closed, so do not let its relatively simple appearance fool you if you're not ready for complex sinks!

Snowflake Star

Level
Low Intermediate
Creator(s)
Bob Miller
Teacher(s)
Robert Miller

Modular star made from 5, or more modules. This star is the same when viewed from the front or back. It makes a great ornament!

Triangular Origami Box

Level
Intermediate
Creator(s)
Arsalan Wares
Teacher(s)
Arsalan Wares

In this teaching session we will learn how to make a modular triangular origami box from 11 in by 8.5 in (US Letter) rectangular sheets. A4 (210 x 297 mm) paper will also be suitable for this box. We are making box lid from 3 sheets and box container from 3 sheets.

This teaching session will also highlight the link between origami and geometry. We will also derive a formula for the volume of the box mathematically.

Origami Open Lotus

Level
Low Intermediate
Creator(s)
Govind Kulkarni ( Self )
Teacher(s)
Govind Kulkarni

This is a simple model of low intermediate level made from a hexagon.
It can be used as an open container also.

Online Teacher Discussion

Level
Not Rated
Teacher(s)
Yuki Martin

This is a discussion session, NOT a class or a lecture, for people who teach beginners (non-folders) online. Many of us who teach origami at schools, libraries, art organizations, senior centers, etc. had to adjust to teaching online due to the pandemic, and this trend seems to continue. Would you like to discuss and share what you've learned from your experience teaching online? Here are some topics to discuss in this session:

Kusudama 'Variety'

Level
Intermediate
Creator(s)
Jannie van Schuylenburg
Teacher(s)
Jannie van Schuylenburg

With the elements we fold and connect, we can make a variety of models. A kusudama, a bowl or a small or big lampshade.

Hexagon & Triangle Boxes

Level
Low Intermediate
Creator(s)
Tomoko Fuse
Teacher(s)
Charlene MORROW

I invite you to fold these two classic and clever Tomoko Fuse boxes with me! They have remained an inspiration to me since I started folding. I encourage you to try these models even if you are a relatively inexperienced folder and might consider them over your head. I will go slowly so that you can experience the satisfaction of making something that might be a stretch for you. I will also point out some mathematical connections as we fold, especially for teachers who might want to use these ideas with students.

Little Bird in a Nest

Level
Low Intermediate
Creator(s)
Created by Linda MacFarlane
Teacher(s)
Linda MacFarlane

This Little Bird model will fit nicely in a nest. You can add a loop to the bird to use as an ornament.

OrigamiDraw Tips and Tricks

Level
High Intermediate
Teacher(s)
Akira Terao

There are many reasons to draw Crease Patterns (CPs): to keep a record of one’s own designs, to work out the structure of a new design, to search for folding sequences of a model,… Whatever your reason, if you work with CPs and you have an iPhone or an iPad, OrigamiDraw is the best tool you can get (and it is free). It is a portable tool to keep all your designs in one place, and to record new ones wherever you are, using familiar operations like segment and angle bisection, perpendicular and parallel lines, and all the traditional bases.

Panel Discussion: Teaching Origami as a Higher Education Course

Level
Not Rated
Teacher(s)
Jeanine Meyer

Participants will take part in an active panel discussion with college/university level instructors reporting on their experiences teaching origami in a formal, higher education setting. Discussion will include details on the structure and layout of the courses at the various institutions and modalities used (in-person and virtual formats). Instructors will share insights on their favorite models and interdisciplinary connections made including art, culture, history, computer science, and practical applications of Origami. Comments and questions from the audience will be welcome.

Larry Hart Gem & Wind Turbine

Level
Low Intermediate
Creator(s)
Larry Hart
Teacher(s)
Michael Naughton

This model is also known as the "Snap Hexahedron". It is an action model with a high "ooh!" factor. It was created by Larry Hart, a longtime member of the BOS, who passed from Covid-19 a few months ago, and I am offering this in his memory. It is one of my favorite models. I learned it in the 1980s from Verdi Adams, who called it the "Oh! Fold". I will be teaching from diagrams by Hans Dybkjær that Larry considered crucial to a full appreciation of this model.

Baby dinosaur

Level
Intermediate
Creator(s)
Sergio Lopez
Teacher(s)
Sergio Lopez

Origami baby dinosaur with one sheet of paper. This model is for people who have previously folded and have some experience with shaping legs and face.

Flapping Butterflies

Level
Low Intermediate
Creator(s)
Sy Chen
Teacher(s)
Sy Chen

I would like to introduce the bending diamond creases to make many butterfly designs flap. We will make a Yoshizawa butterfly variation flap first. More applications on other designs will follow if time permits.
See a flapping butterfly in action (5 second video). Click the small image to play the video: https://photos.app.goo.gl/CHvzjmbG3V7BFfiC7

Dollar Bill Butterfly

Level
Intermediate
Creator(s)
Michael LaFosse
Teacher(s)
Anne LaVin

A classic Michael LaFosse butterfly, adapted specifically for folding from a US dollar bill - it takes advantage of the designs on the bill to create markings on the wings, with a color-change for the body, too.

Flapping bird with hatchling

Level
High Intermediate
Creator(s)
Sergio Lopez (Myself)
Teacher(s)
Sergio Lopez

This model is an upgraded version of the traditional flapping bird, as the mother bird carries its hatchling. It is made with one double-sided paper, and each bird has a different color. This model requires previous knowledge in how to make a flapping bird, along with some experience in tessellations.

Two simple Danish models

Level
Low Intermediate
Creator(s)
Troels Højer Jensen
Teacher(s)
Troels Jensen

I will be training two simpler designs of my own, a bird and a fat toad. This is a unique chance to learn modern original Danish models. The models are typical for my designs: animals, focused on foldability rather than anatomical correctness.

Clover tile in Hydrangea shape

Level
High Intermediate
Creator(s)
Origami by E
Teacher(s)
Mary Drews

Shuzo Fujimoto developed both the hydrangea and the clover tessellation. I will be teaching an arrangement of clover tiles in the shape of a three-layered hydrangea.
This is a clover, so we won’t be doing an actual collapse. We are working on the white side to start and we put in the central square as a mountain fold and then put in some triangles (see 3rd photo). It would probably be helpful if folders have a passing familiarity with Clovers or Hydrangeas, but this is easier than Fujimoto's hydrangea.

Regular and Mobius Rings

Level
Intermediate
Creator(s)
Nobuko Okabe
Teacher(s)
Nobuko Okabe

These are modular models. In the class, we make a regular ring and a Mobius ring from a very simple but versatile unit (Super Nobu Unit).
Other variations using the same unit (finished models and some explanations only) will be shown in the class as well.

Pleated Triangular Box

Level
Intermediate
Creator(s)
Arsalan Wares
Teacher(s)
Arsalan Wares

We will use six identical rectangular sheets to make a pleated triangular gift box. We will also derive a formula to calculate the volume of the box mathematically. The connection between origami and mathematics will be highlighted.