The success of the OrigamiUSA PCOC depends upon our volunteer teachers! If you teach at PCOC, you may be eligible for Priority Ticketing. Details of how Priority Ticketing works are here. If you have any questions, write to us, and mark your envelope PCOC 2019 Teaching, or contact us at pcoc-teaching [at]

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.

Note that classes on Friday shift the emphasis away from folding specific models. There might be classes, for example, on techniques such as wetfolding or panel discussions on designing models.

Register to Teach a Class

You must register for PCOC (even if you are not taking classes) before you can sign up to teach.

These forms are for those who know what they want to teach. 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]

Your Friday teaching submissions:


Your Saturday/Sunday teaching submissions:



  • Registration for teaching is closed.

Impact of Online Class Registration

The introduction of online class registration this year will have an impact in several ways on teaching classes:

  • The cutoff date for entering classes is earlier than it was in the years before online registration. It is firmly fixed and cannot be extended, because the final class schedule must be posted before online class registration can begin. You can see the relevant dates here under "Schedule of Class-Related Dates." Note that, as usual, the preliminary schedule will be posted several days before the final schedule is uploaded, preceded by an email announcement. After that time, modifications to the schedule will be made only to correct any errors.
  • The increased importance of providing good photographs and descriptions on the web class preview pages (see below): The online schedule will be the "virtual model menu" for online registration, and its photos are uploaded from the web preview pages. Therefore, it is more important than ever to make sure that the background is neutral and the photos are clear. Providing an image is optional, but we strongly recommend it; we have found that few people sign up online for a class if there is no image.
  • Priority ticketing for teachers: See how priority ticketing works in the new environment.

Class Previews

When you register to teach a class, a description of your class will immediately appear on our class preview web pages. Within the teaching registration form you will have the option to upload up to three photos of your model, which will be shown on the class preview web page. Uploading photos is optional—but very important for the online class registration system (as indicated above). 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]

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

See the class preview pages here:

  • Class preview pages are closed.

Model Menu

The physical model menu continues to be an important feature of PCOC, partly to accommodate on-site registration and partly because it is a beautiful visual focus of PCOC environment.

Your model for display on the Model Menu must be available in the Community Folding Room no later than Friday, September 13 at 5:00 pm. If your travel plans do not allow you to deliver your model by then, please mail it to us at

  • Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA Convention
    P.O. Box 33945
    Portland, OR 97292

Be sure to send it so that it arrives no later than Thursday, September 5. Mark the box “model menu” and include the name of your class and your name in the package.

Your sample should be appealing, but please make certain that it is bigger than 3" and smaller than 8" to fit the space available. Model Menu samples need to be picked up by 4 pm on Sunday. Any that remain will be considered a contribution to the organization.

Teaching Materials

As in past years, we will try to accommodate requests for special materials (primarily paper) for our teachers, as specified on the teaching forms. If we can't match your requirements exactly, we try to find an alternative that is acceptable.

An email summary of the materials to be ordered is always sent, which states: Please reply to this email, confirming, correcting, or canceling your request for special materials. If we don't receive your confirmation, we'll have to assume that the request is canceled.

In the past, many teachers have not responded as requested and we have not followed through with the cancellation. However, we have found that—much too often—materials ordered are not picked up. Therefore, this year we will cancel any unconfirmed orders.

One additional note on materials: 6-inch and 10-inch foil will no longer be included in the survival kits. So, if you need it for your class and don't wish to provide it yourself, you will need to ask us to order it for you.

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.

Teaching Tips

If you are new to teaching, you will find this video helpful.