Working in a school, I cut lots of A4 sheets down to squares and have started to diagram some of the models I’ve devised during idle moments using the leftover strip (rather than waste them!) Here’s the first, an interlocking flower. It should work with US rectangles as well and you can use up to a 2×1 rectangle.
Taught my students an A4 arrow design today, the idea was they could stack them to form a pagoda. As ever, they had different ideas and turned them all into mushroom houses. I never stand in the way of creativity 😉
This is a group run from Parson Cross Community Forum in Sheffield and was my second visit there. The meeting is for people with dementia, to help them hold on to their memories. My wife Ali worked for several years in a care home for people with dementia and I’m acutely aware of what a massive issue it is. The class was a delight and we had a fantastic time. Thanks to the Parson Cross Forum for these images.
Sadly, I’ve had to cancel this term at Watercliffe Meadow school due to a brief stay in hospital and the resulting recovery period. I miss my weekly interaction with the students. Here are a few photos from last term to show you what we get up to…
I’ve just given my first commercial origami lesson using skype, with a young girl from Manchester pictured below (pixellated for privacy). I’d invested in a new webcam and used software to integrate an overhead view with a conventional view, to create a friendlier environment (bottom right of the image). The lesson lasted an hour and we folded a variety of simple designs, for which I sent her diagrams to print out. All in all, a great success and I hope I can find more of this type of work.
John Farrell has been doing amazing work for the past few years with his students at Lanesfield School in Wolverhampton. He has started an origami club and the work they are producing is amazing! I ran some classes for them recently. He writes:
I invited Nick Robinson down to our school to do some folding with the children. The book he donated to the class is very popular – one child takes it home for a night, then another the next day and so on. Baljit – my little expert with her own display area, was the first one to take it and she came in the next day with 3 models from the book. Another of the girls in my lunchtime group told me on Tuesday that she was only asking her parents for origami related things for Christmas. Another of the girls came in on Friday last with 3 Jackson cubes that she had made at home. Finally, I followed up on Nick’s suggestion about contacting Maria Sinayskaya and she replied! She said she was delighted to hear what we were doing with her star, and she sent me a diagram for another of her stars for the children to fold.
One of the participants at the recent Sheffield Origami Didactics day was Laura, a teacher at Mundella School in Norton Lees. She’s already put this into practise with her students and has tweeted some images. Check out @MundellaMonkeys