Teaching Tactics

Some basic guidance for those that wish to teach origami. Learn the vocab but don't rely on it!



Use Books and Get Permissions!

  1. Distributing photocopies of other person(s) publications is NOT okay, unless permission is granted from the origami designer(s) and/or copyright holder(s).
  2. Require students to buy the books from a respectable bookstore. I recommend for any in depth, non-complex class, Nick Robinson's Origami Kit for Dummies; it's great, brings readers to advanced folding and covers every topic imaginable!  Open and print Lisa's FREE base-to-make sheets, to make and use for reference.
  3. Models can be pure or impure and a person who closely follows the rules of origami is termed a purist. Basically, a strict purist would not allow cuts, glue or other adhesives, nor the markings of writing utensils to be involved in the creation of a model. Most of our models are pure, but some do have creative impurities.
  4. The diagram uses a universal symbol-based language originated by the late origami master Akira Yoshizawa and by Samuel Randlett. Each diagram has images of the piece of paper and sequential-pictorial steps illustrating how to fold the final creation.