THESE SECTIONS ARE RESERVED FOR STUDENTS IN THE HONORS COLLEGE
The Art and Science of Origami
Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 2:30-4:20PM
Session Length: First Seven Weeks
Origami is the art of paper folding (from the Japanese ori, meaning “to fold”, and kami, “paper”). The modern rules of origami are simple—one square of paper, no cutting, no gluing. But from this simple formula people have created beautiful and complex works of art, and applied the folding and collapsing techniques to solve problems and develop innovations in the fields of science, architecture, fashion, medicine, and more. In this 7- week course, students will learn to fold a variety of origami models from squares (no experience necessary), and learn all of the practicalities of folding (selecting the right paper, choosing a folding technique, reading diagrams, etc.). Students will also explore (through readings, videos, discussions, and written reflection) the application of the principles of origami to various fields of study, from art and education to science, math, and technology. At the conclusion of this course, students will have the skills to fold a variety of origami models for fun and relaxation, and ideas about the ways in which these newly-acquired origami skills can be applied to other areas of interest, both academic and personal.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a background in the history, practical skills, and application of the techniques of origami and paper folding. As a first-year seminar, the course is also designed to help students identify skills and resources that can help them to become successful students at BGSU.
Students completing the course will:
- Explore a topic in a scholarly field of study in some depth to understand ways it applies outside of the classroom and in the community.
- Interact effectively with the professor and fellow students, both in and out of class, through written and oral communication.
- Demonstrate participation in educational experiences taking place outside of the classroom.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the application of the principles and techniques of origami to other fields of study, particularly in the STEAM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).
- Demonstrate the ability to fold a variety of origami bases and models and understand the conventions of reading origami diagrams
Position: Associate Professor and First Year Experience Coordinator/Librarian in the University Libraries
Address: 152 Jerome Library
I am an Associate Professor and First Year Experience Coordinator/Librarian in the University Libraries at BGSU. My research interests are related to the role of the academic library in first-year initiatives and instruction. In addition to my work as a faculty member and a librarian, I am also an origami artist. I have designed over 100 original origami models, had pieces accepted in art shows and juried exhibitions, and have had several origami model diagrams of my work published in the proceedings of the Origami USA and British Origami societies. I have also had original model diagrams published in several books edited by renowned origami author/artist Nick Robinson. I have taught my origami designs at a national convention as well as several local and regional workshops. I’ve also conducted several workshops at BGSU related to origami (including stress-relief and mindfulness components) for various student groups and learning communities, and I am the advisor the BGSU Origami Club. For more information on my work, please visit my website.