Art School | Origami Art
Origami is a traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The name origami itself translates into folding paper. Other countries have histories of their own paper folding traditions, but Japan seems to have the most extensive history with it.
Origami can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like to make it. There are basic origami folds, that are easy for all ages to learn, and as you get better you can create more intricate items.
Today we are going to create origami pieces and then use it as part of our multimedia art piece. Multimedia means we are going to use a combination of things—origami, drawing, coloring, paint. You can combine whichever elements you’d like.
You will need origami paper, some glue, crayons or paint and larger white paper.
We started with some simple animal origami shapes. There’s a lot of sources online, we googled origami for kids and had a slew of sites with step by step instructions. We really liked the animal directions at Origami Fun.
What starts with maybe a single red ladybug, can inspire an entire picture.
Draw the picture you’d like it to be a part of, and then use white glue to hold it in place.
This dragon head had a whole story that went along with him.
Before we knew it, the fire-breathing dragon was attacking an entire city.
A simple origami box soon became a kite.
We can’t wait to see what your children fold up and turn into art!