Origami is a Japanese art of paper folding.It is their traditional art where paper folds are used to represent the geometric folds and create things without cutting or pasting paper.This art is practiced in our school from 4th grade onwards.This folds do a major help in understanding geometrical concepts.Many items are made in our school under origami.
Here are some of the folds which can be made under origami.
HOW TO MAKE A NUN
1.being by folding the paper in half, corner to corner, to pre-crease one diagonal.open out , and arrange the paper so that this crease is now vertical.
2.fold the lower corner up to a point a short way downfrom the top,and then fold this corner back down towords you,again by a small amount.these folds aren't particulary critical,so you may wish to experiment.
3.fold the sloping left-hand edge inword over the edge of the flap folded up in step 2.
4. Repeat step 3 with right hand edge.
5. Pull out the hidden corner at the overlap of the flaps folded in step 3-4.
6. Squash this corner to a point. also fold the outer corners of the long border strips inwords,to form the hands.
7. Mountain fold the modle in half using the vertical center crease.
8. Fold the lower flap at the right upwords and across to the left, bringing the hand into position.
9. Shape the nun's back by valley folding the outer right corner across,as shown.
10 .After repeating steps 8-9 on the reverse face,open up the vertical center fold made in step 7 slightly,allowing the model to stand.
HOW TO MAKE A SWAN
This is a simple variation on classic swan designs.
However,theSwivel move to define the neck and head requires practice.Begin with a square of fairly thin ,crisp paper.
1.Begin with a fish base .
2.Fold the point at the left over the right corner
3.Mountain fold the model in half along the horizontal centre crease.
4.Hold the lower portion of the body between finger and thumb of one hand,whilst holding the neck point with finger and thumb of the other hand .Begin sliding the sharp point up and away from the body, flattering the model into a new position.
5.Step 4 half completed.
6.The swivel .Fold the rear edge of the neck(only one layer)forward narrowing the neck push up on the lower corner bringing it into the body thinner.There isn't an exact location for this crease;you will discover by a little trial and error how best to form the body and neck.the crease does not meet the tip of the neck at the point,but a little away down the rare edge.Flatten the model.
7.Repeat step 6 on the reverse face.
8.Step 7 complete.
9.Form an outside reverse the fold close to the tip,to create the head.
10.Separate the tips of the beak and allow the body to open out slightly to complete the swan.
HOW TO MAKE A WATERLILY
;This is the full version of a spectacular napkin fold sometimes seen in restaurants.Note the remarkable manner in which the uninteresting shape made up to step6
is gradually opened up and transformed into the beautiful completed design -it is almost like magic.Use a paper napkin .Ordinary paper will rip at step.
1.Fold the corners to the center.
2.Again fold the corners to the center.
.Once again fold the corners to the center.
4.Turn over.Note ABCD.
5.Yet angain,fold the corners to the center.
6.Note E.Hold all the layer flat and pull out corner A mentioned in step 4.
.Hold as shown.Pull A forcibly upwords,so that it unplees around E...
8....like this.Repeat with B C and D, keeping holding of the center.
9.Turn over.Note FGHI.Lift F...
10....and pull it up between A and B, as far as it will go.Repet with G,H and I.still keeping hold of the center.
12.Note JKLM.LIFT J...
13....and pull it up in front of A.repeat with K,L and M.
14.The wateh lily is ready.
1.Begin making of the crane by folding a bird base. The two independent points should be facing toward you.
2.On the upper layer only, told the two outer edges inward to lie along the vertical center line.
3.Reapeat step 2 on the reverse face.
4.Inside reverse fold both of the share points into the position shown.
5.Inside reverse fold the tip of one of the points to form the head.
6.Take hold of each of the wings and carefully pull them apart, allowing the central point to flatten. the centre of the body will be slightly curved .
The most important thing we have made is the cranes.We have made thousand cranes all in all.That is a very big amount.We have made cranes that are also of various sizes.There are also cranes that are very smaller in size and also that are very big.The making of thousand cranes together is known as:
1000 cranes. senba - 1000 sturu - cranes
How to fold a 1000 cranes - senbasturu orikata . This is the name given to the exhibition we have organised in our school during 2007 december.the students have folded 1000 cranes starting with 1 cm square paper folded to crane to a huge room sized crane which is hung to the roof with transperent light plastic threads.
And we have included about 100 elephants and camels caravan.
We have also put different kinds of animals,flowers etc to make the show.
We also have prepared a lesson plan with a dvd on the exhibition.
These are only some of the huge number of projects we make by origami. Origami helps develop Mathematical skills like geometry. It enhances the learning capacity of the brain and makes the brain sharper.