Origami in the Food Chain

or, Integrating Origami in Lesson planning

Our children love origami, and as school librarian in South Africa, I foster that love wherever possible. In addition to our afternoon Origami Club, with the help of my colleagues, I integrate origami into regular lessons.

Recently our grade 4s have been studying the topic of Food Chains in Science. I arranged for the classes to visit the library and use our resources to find answers to a number of questions. The children worked in groups of 3 or 4 at different stations, and one of the stations included instructions for making the face of either an origami cat or dog. (The children were free to choose.)

As I would not be able to supervise the origami station closely, needing to be available to assist any children with difficulties, I set up a board with each step represented by the paper folded to that point, glued in place, but with the section needing to be folded loose, so the children could manipulate the paper.

The children were supplied with paper of the same size as that used on the board, so that they could compare their work with the examples. I left the boards up in the library after the class sessions, and they have proved so popular with other library visitors, that I have created a permanent origami maker space with instructions and recycled paper.

Although some children had difficulty and needed help from myself, another teacher, or peers, they all produced a recognisable piece of origami. This they glued to their question papers, adding details and pictures of the animal’s food. Then there was a sentence to complete, and this page was added to the rest of the work and formed part of their science assessment for this unit, counting for 10 marks out of a total of 30. 4 out of the 10 marks were allocated for neat and accurate folding.

The children really enjoyed the activity, and it was an opportunity for those who attend the extra mural club to help their peers, and show off their own proficiency in reading diagrams without adult assistance.

Cheryl Gibbs

Chinesisches Falten in Weimar – Xiaoxian Huang

Liebe Faltfreunde,Liebe Faltfreunde,

die Gesellschaft zur Dokumentation und Erforschung der Faltkunst (PaDoRe) freut sich, Euch am Samstag den 23. Juli 2016 Vor- und Nachmittag zu zwei Veranstaltungen über chinesisches Falten in das Lückhoff-Institut (Marienstraße 8, Weimar) einzuladen:

VORTRAG-WORKSHOP (Vormittag, von 9:30 bis 12:30 Uhr)
Vortrag-Workshop über das 150 Jahre älteste chinesische traditionelle Faltmodell zhēn xiàn bāo [针线包] genannt, welches im PaDoRe-Faltarchiv in Weimar bewahrt ist. Zu dieser Veranstaltung wird eine eintägige Ausstellung mit alten originalen zhen xian baos, aus unterschiedlichen süd- und nordchinesischen Stilen, sowie alte pädagogische Faltdokumente aus der chinesischen Qing Dynastie, bzw. aus der Republic von China (1911-1949), u.a. gezeigt.

FALTWORKSHOP VON XIAOXIAN HUANG (Nachmittag, von 15:00 bis 18:00 Uhr)
Die Origami-Autorin Xiǎoxián Huáng [黄晓娴] ist aus Nanjing (Volksrepublik China) nach Weimar gekommen, um einen Workshop von ihren Modellen zu leiten. Sie ist Mitglied des Vereins „Friends of Hong Kong Association of Origami (GYOU)“ und erforscht auch die alte chinesische Faltkunst.

Die Teilnahme an beiden Veranstaltungen ist FREI.
Aus Platzgründen, bitten wir anzumelden
Mit der freundliche Unterstützung der Lückhoff-Institut, Weimar:

Joan Sallas

Class on the history of paperfolding

I gave this class twice in Buenos Aires last year. One was in November 2015, at Origamiteca, a small and delightful shop with a workshop attached  and the second one in December 2015 in Daiwa, a Japanese center. Eleven people attended the course at Origamiteca and 18 at Daiwa. It is an amazing number of people given the topic, which is not so common for origami workshops. It shows there is a lot of interest in the history of our craft.

The first picture: I’m holding a true piece of history: the Asahi Graph magazine’s article of January 9th, 1952, with the 12 signs of the Chinese horoscope that put Yoshizawa-san in the public eye. Behind me, a comparative chart of Western Art periods, Japan historic eras, and a comparative timeline of Origami in the West and the East so people could more easily compare where and when things were happening.

The second picture has a picture of Gershon Legman, taken by Wayland Hand, an American folklorist. The course was divided in three classes of two hours each. The information was supported by documentation such as photographs, letters, clippings and original models. Attendees to the course also practiced models such as the Catherine de Cleves box, tsustumis, and a few others. Each class was provided with a little color booklet with a timeline, diagrams and illustrations. On the last day, people answered a feedback short questionnaire. They seemed to have enjoyed this new type of course. There is still a lot to review and incorporate for upcoming courses this year.

First class: The past History of paper and first traces of paperfolding in the Orient.
Myths and truths about the origin of paperfolding. Usage and customs of paperfolding in the old Japan. Samurai, gifts and ceremonies. A living “fossil”: the noshi. Geishas and love letters. Tsutsumi-no-ki, the “etiquette” folding in the Edo era. Washi and other papers. Hana tsutsumi and folding flower containers.

Second Class: The East-West connection – the Renaissance and paperfolding.
The history of box of Catherine de Cleves in the Book of Hours. Jumping to Barroque Europe: banquets and folding fabric. Folding paper in the kindergarten. Froebel’s influence in other arts. The experience of the Bauhaus. 19th century: the Enlightenment discovers the mechanic bird. An American in Paris: Gershon Legman, a folklorist and expert in dirty jokes and origmi. The mystery of Kannomado, an old and forgotten encyclopaedia with a chapter on foldings. Akira Yoshizawa, the father of modern origami. Letters and documents of that time expose the framework that made possible to be known in the West.

Third Class: the golden years of origami
The 50’s and 60’s: the pioneers of modern origami in the USA, UK, Argentina, Spain and Japan. The pen-pal network. Lillian Oppenheimer: the great lady of Origami. Anecdotes and newly discovered facts about the life and work of George Rhoads, Neal Elias, Robert Harbin and others. Paperfolding lands in Argentina. Solórzano Sagredo and the Argentines Adolfo Cerceda and Ligia Montoya.

I would like to express my gratitude following friends who sent me short introductory videos wich were shown in each class: Polo Madueño (Argentina), Nick Robinson (UK), and Juan Gimeno (Spain). Also to Dave
Venables (UK) who gave me permission to show one of Robert Harbin’s TV shows aired in the UK in the late 60´s, a true piece of historical value!

Laura Rozenberg

Pythagoras Tree

Fransesco Mancini designed an origami version of this simple yet effective model and taught it in a school. Nick Robinson adapted it to “A” rectangles and also taught it in school. More details on wikipedia

Oberweissbach images


pictures: Mr. Eberhardt, Ms. Hatoum, Mr. Guth, Mr. Sallas