PCOC 2017 Teaching Classes

If you would like to teach at PCOC, please complete one of the forms below. The success of PCOC depends upon the contributions of volunteers like you, so please sign up to teach!

On Saturday and Sunday the classes feature specific models, and the sessions can be 45 minutes (1 period), 1 hour and 45 minutes (2 periods) or 2 hours and 45 minutes (3 periods, afternoon only). Remember that we must have the creators' permission to teach their designs and that diagrams may be distributed only with permission from the diagrammer and creator.

On Friday, you have the option to teach a seminar, which is a session not specifically related to constructing an origami model. Past seminars have included subjects such as gift wrapping, different types of paper, decorating paper and understanding crease patterns. Friday classes are scheduled for 1 hour (1 period); 2 hours and 15 minutes (2 periods) or 3 hours and 30 minutes (3 periods, afternoon only).

If you have any questions, please write to us at pcoc-teaching [at] origamiusa.org.

Register to Teach a Class

These forms are for those who know what they want to teach (at least approximately). If you don't know what you want to teach, take a look at what people are requesting, or for further ideas, please contact us at pcoc-teaching [at] origamiusa.org.

Teaching forms must be submitted by one week before the start of the convention, i.e., by Thursday, noon Pacific Time, October 26th. The teaching registration form will be closed at that time.

The preliminary schedule will be uploaded the next day, preceded by an e-mail announcement. After that time, modifications to the schedule will be made only to correct any errors and, if possible, to accommodate any special requests for changes in time or location.

Following this procedure will enable us to plan the class schedule carefully and accurately and to prepare all related materials necessary for the convention in a timely and orderly way.

Note: Classroom space is somewhat limited. If we find that we are out of space before the cutoff on 10/26, we may have to shut down the teaching form earlier. If so, we will send a notification to OrigamiUSA members at least 24 hours in advance.

Other key dates for teaching form submission: To qualify for priority ticketing, your form must be submitted by Thursday, October 19th. If you want your Saturday/Sunday class to be considered for broadcasting, your form must be submitted by Wednesday, October 4th.

Please note: you must register for convention (even if you are not taking classes) before you can sign up to teach.

  • Online registration for Friday teaching at PCOC is now closed.
  • Online registration for Saturday/Sunday teaching at PCOC is now closed.

Priority Ticketing

If you teach at PCOC, you may be eligible for priority ticketing. The eligibility rules are here.

Class Previews

When you register to teach a class, a description of your class will immediately appear on the class preview web pages. Within the teaching registration form you will have the option to upload a photo of your model, which will be shown on the class preview web page. Uploading a photograph is optional. However, please do not delay telling us what you want to teach even if you don't have a photo. It can be added later if you attach it to an email addressed to pcoc-teaching [at] origamiusa.org.

Once your teaching form is entered, the following fields will be shown on the class preview web page: Teacher Name, Class Name, Description, Level, Special Requirements (if any), and Image (the photo, if you uploaded one).

See the class preview pages here:

  • PCOC class preview pages are now closed.

Information for Teachers

If you are planning (or considering) teaching a class at PCOC, please read through the information below to help plan your class, its level, and to insure a smooth and successful activity.

Model Menu

It is very important that your models for Saturday and Sunday classes be delivered to the model menu no later than 5 PM on Friday of PCOC. The model menu setup is a very precise and labor-intensive process. It is managed by dedicated volunteers – like you – who want to ensure that the models are available for viewing by convention attendees as early as possible. They don’t have a lot of time to complete this demanding job, so we urge you to make sure your models are there on time.

If your travel plans do not allow you to deliver your model by Friday, please mail it to the address shown below so that it arrives by the Monday before PCOC. Be sure that you have clearly identified the contents of your mailing with your name and the model name (using the same name that appears on the web preview page and in your class confirmation email). Mark the box "Model Menu" and mail it to:

Cary or Terri Manoogian
Attn: Lisa Mayekawa-Song
420 S. Lucia
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Given the uncertainties of travel, even if you are scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles sometime on Friday, we suggest mailing your model rather than delivering it in person.

Also please keep in mind that the timely delivery of your models is a factor in determining your eligibility for priority ticketing.

Special Friday Seminars

POPS, our local Community Origami Group, together with OrigamiUSA is offering four Friday lectures that will be open to PCOC 2017 attendees as well as the general public in Los Angeles. Our goal is to reach out and engage people from other areas of interest in the pleasures of origami. If you are reluctant to sign up to teach your Friday class because you don’t want to miss some or all of these classes, please reconsider. If your class is scheduled opposite a seminar you want to take, we will be happy to provide you with a video link for later use since these classes are also being broadcast as part of our Remote Classes offerings.