This is a listing of the Special Sessions for May 21, 2023, both morning and afternoon sessions.
Family Fun - Easy Models
Revel in springtime with a variety of cheery models. Candy will teach her favorites for this season. This class is a great opportunity for families to explore the magic of origami together. No experience is necessary. For Family fun (beginner) classes, you must be at least 5 years old. Children between 5 and 8 must have a parent or guardian register and take the class with them. Adults unaccompanied by children are also welcome.
Parliament of Owls
What a hoot! A whole parliament of owls. Katherine will wisely begin with intermediate level owls by Kunihiko Kasahara and Kazuhiko Nishimura before moving to simpler birds as time permits. Participants should be able to fold a Bird Base from memory. These are the perfect models for all you night owls to fold until the wee hours.
Tessellations for Beginners
Impress your friends and family with these incredible tessellations by Eric Gjerde. Intended for people who have always wanted to fold origami tessellations but need the encouragement to try, Nathan will start with techniques to fold a triangle grid quickly and accurately. You will then use this to make the ‘Spread Hexagon’ which then converts to the ‘Triangle Twist.’ Step-by-step instructions will make tessellations accessible to anyone. Now is the time to plunge into this endlessly fascinating genre.
Although less used nowadays, box-pleating is a technique that resulted in many classic models of the ‘60’s, and really works well for the segmented body of the shrimp. This original design by Jax starts with a 16 by 16 grid and uses pleating to make a sweet baby shrimp. Make a whole cocktail of this truly delectable and delicious model.
Color your life with a little origami! Looking great on a table, a shelf or on your holiday tree, this 20-piece modular by Miyuki Kawamura is made from 2 different units. The assembly can be a little tricky, so if you have any of those mini clothespins or small alligator clips, bring them. Otherwise, you’ll get a great workout for all your fingers!
Oftentimes, it’s not the destination that counts but the journey itself. In this class, Nathan will lead you on a journey of discovery with sinks, inside reverse folds and gussets to come up with a formidable Fractal Flower by Roman Diaz. There may be far easier 8-pointed stars, but folding this gratifying model with its asymmetrical crease pattern and fractalization is a pleasure in and of itself.
You don’t need any artistic genes to make this modern classic by Thoki Yenn. This origami version has been as revolutionary as the real double helix by Watson and Crick. Alice will teach this inspiring model that consists of only mountain and valley folds. Bring origami to life by transforming a square piece of paper into a 3D spiral (although any paper will work with this technique).