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Origami - The Art of Paper Folding

Grade Levels:

1st and up

Length of Program:

45minutes~1 hour

Charge varies depends on the size and number of the workshops

 

 

About Origami

 

Origami is an ancient craft art of paper folding from China and Japan.

"Ori" means fold and "gami" means paper. The art originated in China 13 centuries ago after paper was invented there, and was later brought to Japan. The ancient Chinese folded paper into different figures for ceremonial purposes and it became part of the Chinese and Japanese cultural tradition to use paper in everyday life for clothing, windows, packaging, toys and in many inventive ways.

Children learn to do origami from their parents. In the old days, they made dolls and animal figures, which were thrown in the river to drive away evil spirits. The art of paper folding has remained an important tool in the Chinese and Japanese educational process and is attracting new friends among the young and old of many countries. One reason might be that Origami as an art requires only a very modest investment- a piece of paper. Everyone who gets involved can create magical and beautiful figures and shapes. These small works of art delight the eye, but they can also be practical, either as toys or utensils. Now, origami is done for fun by people of all ages.

*Part of the information is original from "The Great Origami Book" by Zulal Ayture-Scheele*

The Origami Workshop

Children learn about other cultures and countries by hands-on activity. Children are introduced step-by-step to the fun, enrichment and creativity of paper folding. Origami requires patience and concentration. It is a very good way to train children's fine motor skills and develop cognitive skills. A single piece of paper is folded into the fascinating figures of animals, flowers and boxes, and more. Children become very involved and find hours of enjoyment and personal satisfaction.