What is Origami?
Origami is the art of paper-folding. Its name derives from Japanese words ori (“folding”) and kami (“paper”). Traditional origami consists of folding a single sheet of square paper (often with a colored side) into a sculpture without cutting, gluing, taping, or even marking it.
Paper was introduced to Japan in the 6th century. During this time, the practice of paper-folding emerged as a ceremonial Shinto ritual. It was not until Japan's Edo Period (1603 – 1868) that origami would also be viewed as a leisurely activity and art form.
Origami works often featured flowers, birds, and other nature-based motifs. These subjects are also prevalent in contemporary origami, which remains true to the traditional Japanese practice in all ways but one: originally, the practice allowed artists to strategically cut the sheets of paper. Today, however, true origami is sculpted entirely through folds—an attribute the Japanese adopted from Europe.
We present a Japanese tale and create Origami characters and objects from the story of the Ogre of Rashomon Gate. Specially designed for primary aged children and their parents/carers or teachers.
Come and hear the enchanting, mysterious and hair-raising story of the snorting, burping ‘orrible Ogre of Rashomon Gate then recreate your own Samurai with origami!
Workshop area: enough space for table and chairs for participants to sit at
What we need: tables & chairs, felt pens, crayons
What we bring: Origami, wooden spoons
Max participants: 25
We can also offer a simple Origami workshop - a practical paper-folding session organised as a drop in workshop, suitable for children aged 7+ and their families.
Duration: throughout the day
Workshop area: enough space for tables and chairs
What we need: Tables & chairs, felt tips and pens
What we bring: Origami
Max participants: 10 -15 at a time
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Suitable for children aged 3+ and their families.