Lisbon students learn origami

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LISBON – “Infinite possibilities for creativity exist in a simple square of paper. Origami, traditionally known as the Japanese art of paper folding,’ requires only a square of paper, willing hands and patience,” said Laurel Dufton, art teacher at Philip W. Sugg Middle School.

“No glue, scissors or tape are required. Products range from the very simple to complex assemblies of many parts, requiring multiple squares.”

Dufton said, “In the process of making a 3-D object from a 2-D square of paper, you not only can have fun, but you may also discover more about yourself.”

“From simple designs a kindergarten child can master, to multifaceted objects that challenge one’s spatial awareness,” Dufton said, “origami helps make connections with the world of engineers and architects.”

For those interested in learning a few basic folds, the local bookstores, craft stores and art supply stores usually stock books and paper at a reasonable cost. Those with a computer can Google “origami” and connect to links of directions, designs, books, designers, clubs and organizations, Dufton said.

The use of scraps from wrapping paper, magazine pages or even the white computer paper out of a printer will work when cut into the shape of a square. Construction paper generally is too thick to fold well for most designs.

Eighth-grade student Kenneth Stack attended a one-hour lesson at Origamido in Haverhill, Mass., a gallery filled with origami. It is the only such studio in the United States.

Those interested can visit origamido.com. For more information about Infinite Origami Connections-Art for the Ages, contact Dufton at 353-3055 or e-mail ldufton@union30.org. Contact Monica Millhime, Lisbon School Department community resource coordinator, 754-0021 or e-mail monica@union30.org for other events scheduled or visit www.union30.org.

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