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Frequently Asked Questions - Special Sessions

No, but there are large discounts for members of OrigamiUSA and / or the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Discounts are also available for AMNH employees and AMNH volunteers.
Members of OrigamiUSA or the AMNH: $20 per class, or $35 for two classes taken on the same day. Non-Members: $35 per class. No discounts. Why not join OrigamiUSA?
All classes are held at the American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West at 81st Street, New York City) in the CHILDREN'S LUNCH ROOMS on the LOWER LEVEL. Lunch is available at the Museum cafeterias and the many local restaurants.
Special Sessions classes are normally held in the Fall (Oct/Nov/Dec) and Spring (Mar/Apr/May), one Sunday per month for 3 consecutive months. There are 8–10 classes of varying skill levels offered on each day. Morning classes are 10:30am–12:30pm. Afternoon classes are 2:30pm–4:30pm. If you drive, allow plenty of time to park because street parking in the area is limited.
You can create a website account to register online. You can also register by printing out the registration form and mailing it in via postal mail. To register by phone, call our office at 212-769-5635 and speak to our administrator.
Saturday at 7 pm before the date of the class you want to register for.
Yes, walk-ins are welcome to fill available spots. You should have 2 choices in mind, in case your first choice called is filled. Please come!

For most classes you must be 8 or older. For children between 8 and 13, a guardian or parent does not have to take the class, but does need to be available during the class time in the School Lunchroom area where the classes are held. For Family Fun classes you must be at least 5 years old. Children between 5 and 8 must have a parent or guardian register and pay to take the class with them. Both the parent and child must pay and register individually with a separate registration for each person.

These classes are an opportunity for parents and children to fold together and be introduced to the art of origami. Children must be 5 or older. Children between 5 and 8 must have a parent or guardian register and pay to take the class with them. Both the parent and child must pay and register individually with a separate registration for each person. However, these classes are also a lot of fun for new folders of all ages. Adults without children are very welcome to attend.

If you wish to cancel, you must do so in writing seven days before the class date. We will refund you with a voucher for a future Special Folding Fun Sessions class which is good for one year. If you cannot attend on the day of your class and you did not cancel in advance, we cannot provide you with a voucher. You can give your confirmation card to someone else and they can attend instead.

Contact us at sessions [at] origamiusa.org.

  • BEGINNERS – If you have never folded before, we recommend you take the Family Fun class, which will help you learn some of the basics and terminology.
  • SIMPLE – These classes are for folders who have had a beginner folding experience with OrigamiUSA or elsewhere.
  • LOW INTERMEDIATE - These classes are for folders who have done some folding, know some terminology and can do an inside reverse fold. One should know how to fold a water bomb base and a preliminary base.
  • INTERMEDIATE - To take an intermediate class, you should know how to fold a bird base from memory, and be good at inside reverse folds, outside reverse folds, and sink folds.
  • HIGH INTERMEDIATE - To take a high intermediate class, you should be comfortable folding double rabbit ears, crimps, double open sinks and stretching a bird base.
  • COMPLEX - To take a complex class you should be an experienced folder, be able to do all the types of folds mentioned in the intermediate levels, be comfortable folding from diagrams, and be able to follow intricate sequences of precise moves.

NOTES:

  • Anything above the Simple level, one should be familiar with origami terminology, various folds and the bases.
  • Keep in mind the types of models you are familiar with and let that guide you. For example, you might be at the complex level for modulars, but an intermediate level for animals.
  • DON'T GET IN OVER YOUR HEAD! Take a class that best fits with your current level of folding experience.