This week we are celebrating the Supermoon which hasn't occurred since 1948 and won't be this large again until 2034 or so. I had fun designing these models of howling wolves (or coyotes)...awwwwwoooooo!!!!
This is our squirrel project complete with acorns and a branch. I love hearing about all of the tales the kids tell me about how much their parents hate the squirrels because they eat their garden vegetables and fruits and how "Dad" wants to make squirrel stew! Each and every day is a full of new material for my brain to muster over and the kids keep me feeling young with their fun stories and their enthusiastic love of the craft!
This is my design of an Origami owl which are sitting in a nest together awaiting Mama to feed them. I added a 3-D beak to their faces which are movable using the attached strings. Kids love animated objects so whenever there is a movable part, they go cray-cray! Staying true to my passion for adding mixed media into the projects there is a leaf coloring sheet for the background as well as some leaves I drew and then printed them out onto colored copy paper for the kids to cut out.
This is my design of an Origami pumpkin which the students requested. I put together a candy corn coloring sheet from an image I found on the internet. Then we had our pumpkins eating candy corn itself....he sort of has bad manners and doesn't chew with his mouth closed but hey, that's a pumpkin for ya!
I added a "slider" so we could put a Halloween message inside...mine says, "Happy Halloween".
This is our Origami crystal bat cave! I used a coloring sheet for the crystals so the kids could have fun coloring in their rocks and then the rest of the time was spent building our caves. The display is my design and the Origami bat model comes from Sok Song.
This week I put together our Skeletons in our Closets project by adding drawings of bones onto our folded friends! The doors to the closets were movable by pulling upwards on them from the top and then our skeleton friends were exposed beneath! Luckily, kids are too young to have "skeletons in their closets" but we had fun pretending we had them! Pictured below from left to right are our very own skeleton animals: cat, hamster, and rabbit!
This is my first Origami class project of the year and we are going to build ourselves a sunken ship scene where a boat has been swallowed up by a gigantic whale! The boat is a traditional Origami model and the whale is my design.
The project appears to be complicated at first view but the Origami models are all simple and the rest of the time we will spend cutting and pasting graphic cut-out images onto our background! I put together a whale (with an Orca) coloring page for the children to use either for this project or they can take them home to add to their finished art pieces.
Each week there will be a new theme with new models to make and I haven't repeated a project in over 4 years! The world is full of so many wonderful subjects that it impossible to cover them all in my lifetime! Plus, I accept ideas from my biggest inspiration..the students themselves!
I designed these models from the movie, "Kubo" thinking ahead to my upcoming year of Origami After School Enrichment classes.
Since I work with mainly Elementary school-aged children there is much freedom encouraged with the embellishing and decorating of the models.
I am not a "purist" by any means but I do try to stick to the traditional means of paper folding and avoid using scissors when possible. That being said, my Kubo Beetle model does use two snips with scissors so be forewarned! The Monkey uses a single sheet of paper and Kubo himself is a three-piece model (one for his hair, one for his head and one for his clothing). Oh, If you count his instrument, then that would make it four pieces.
I just saw the movie "KUBO" with my 11 year old son and was blown away by it. I always felt that Origami was a magical experience and this movie confirms it.
If you haven't seen it yet, get out there and check it out! It is filled with both beauty and sadness but these two things many times go hand in hand. It was such a rush watching all of the Origami elements "unfold" before my eyes and I remember leaning over to my son and saying, "I cannot believe I am seeing this on the big screen". It was such a moving and beautifully written story that it is sure to inspire others in many unique ways.
I cannot wait to share my thoughts about this movie with my new Origami after school students which are about to begin in a few weeks time!