Think Like an Origami Designer!

Simple Steps to Create Your Own Origami Models

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Imagine Having the Skill to Design Your Own Origami Models...

  • Have you ever wanted to design your own origami models, but aren’t sure where to begin?
  • Have you ever wondered about the creative process that origami designers follow to create their models?
  • Have you ever considered what original models you might be able to create if you just knew more about that creative process?
  • If you had the opportunity to learn from those who know something about creativity and the design of original origami, would you take it?
  • If you knew how to engage with the design process, would you explore your creative vision and experiment with your own design ideas?
  • Would you like to be part of a supportive community of like-minded origami artists and designers who will give you thoughtful and encouraging feedback on your creative efforts?
  • Are you interested in exploring how the creative principles of origami can be applied to other areas of your life?

How I Found the Real Secret to Origami Creativity...

When following diagrams or instructions to learn new origami models I am always fascinated by the process, and I find this learning and discovery a magical and rewarding experience. As much as I love that process now, I struggled for the longest time to make sense of those diagrams, and I also wondered how origami models were created, and how to begin creating my own.

I remember asking that very question in an origami forum at one time long ago, and I didn't receive even a single reply. Not one. My assumption then was that creativity in origami was reserved only for geniuses, for those born with a very special kind of creative talent, and that I would have to remain content with following the directions of those who had been given such a gift.

And that was that until the day I set myself a goal and embarked on a project that changed not only the way I approached origami, but also the way I perceived myself in relationship to this wonderful art. After that project I no longer viewed myself as one who had to be satisfied with simply following the direction of others, but someone who could also enjoy the journey as a creator and designer of original origami designs.

What I found during the course of that project was the gift of creativity in origami, and it is this gift that I would like to share with you; to help you realize that within you too there is that same creative ability which only needs to be encouraged and cultivated to blossom into something exciting and wonderful.

I am so pleased to offer what I have learned about origami and creativity in this workshop and I look forward to meeting you, to seeing your work, and sharing my knowledge and experience in hopes that your own creative journey will thrive and bring you the rewards you seek.

Unlocking The Door to Your Inner Origami Designer

Simple steps for designing your own origami models.

In this hands-on online course we will fold some delightful models and in the process explore how these models grew from initial inspiration to finished pieces.

By looking carefully at the creative process you will discover how to use your growing understanding of a creator's conceptual tools as a spring-board to create new origami figures that you can share and call your own.

You will emerge from the class not only with strategies to create origami models, but also a sense of empowerment with your own creative abilities so that you can take your love of origami to the level of origami creation you have hoped for.

The course is a five week pilot program exploring origami and creativity and it will cover a range of topics of interest to paper folders who want to explore ways to grow their creative practice through origami.

We will be a group of no more than 20 participants who will meet live, once a week for ninety minutes to learn and fold new models, explore strategies for creating our own original models, and support and encourage each other to grow as creative artists.

THE ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: This course is not currently open for enrollment.

Are You Ready to Discover Your Creative Gift With Origami?

This course is for anyone who is interested in the creative process as it relates to origami and wants to...

  • Learn how origami models are created.
  • Discover tools and tips that can be instantly applied to create new models.
  • Explore origami creation in a supportive and encouraging environment.
  • Increase their ability to think creatively and fold with greater confidence.
  • Take practical steps toward developing their own models.
  • Learn key principles about creativity with origami.

What You Will Gain By Taking This Workshop...

  • Learn strategies to get your creative juices flowing.
  • Fold a handful of new origami figures with a joyful and calm spirit.
  • Engage with your personal creative process.
  • Increase patience, flexibility, and trust in your own abilities.
  • Elevate your confidence as an origami creator.
  • Expand your ability to think creatively.
  • Produce origami work you will be proud to share.
  • Ignite your curiosity and continue exploring your creative gifts.

An Origami Course Curriculum Designed To Stretch Your Mind

  • Week 1 - Module 1: The Basic Principles of Creativity and Origami Model Design

In this first module we will examine some basic principles of creativity as it relates to origami and origami model design. You’ll learn how to begin applying these ideas to the process of folding paper so that your mind stretches and begins to think differently. We will fold a box and various decorative lids as a way to exercise basic creativity. As an assignment, you will be given a simple prompt and basic guidelines to work on a new origami idea.

  • Week 2 - Module 2: Where Do Origami Design Ideas Come From?

We will have a show-and-tell period –including Q&A, share the work of the previous week, and analyze the process you went through as your worked on your assignment. We will fold two different components for a classic and fun game originated in Egypt, and based on the models already folded in the class, you will be presented with a new exercise during the next week.

  • Week 3 - Module 3: How to Assess, Improvise, and Cultivate Fresh Design Ideas.

We will have a show-and-tell period (including Q&A) and share the work of the previous week. We will explore whatever new ideas were inspired by the Module 2 assignment, and whatever challenges this work might have presented. We will fold a multi-piece origami star and learn the module for a 12-piece wreath of hearts, Leyla’s variation on the work of another creator. Using this module as a base you will be prompted to fold the original module and variations of your own.

  • Week 4 - Module 4: The Benefits of Failure and What It Can Teach

We will have a show-and-tell period (including Q&A) and share the work of the previous week. In this session we will walk through a case study of the genesis of an origami model based on a square piece of paper, designed by Leyla. We will learn how to fold some related models and using these models as examples explore other creative ideas that can stem from the folding process.

  • Week 5 - Module 5: How to be patient.

We will have a show-and-tell period (including Q&A), and share the work of the week. In this session, we will walk through a case study and the genesis of an origami model based on a NON square piece of paper designed by Leyla, and learn to fold related models.

Your Instructor

Leyla Torres
Leyla Torres

Leyla Torres is a visual artist, writer and author. In her studio practice she explores creativity through writing, watercolor painting, and origami.

She loves teaching and helping people release their creative potential and to appreciate the process as much as the result. She is also an author and illustrator of several books for children published by Farrar Straus and Giroux.

As the founder of the popular website OrigamiSpirit.com Leyla has published over 200 origami video tutorials–some with millions of views– which have been shared with over 150K followers and subscribers since 2007.

Leyla has taught origami at international origami conventions as the invited guest of honor including Mexico City (2014); the Pacific Coast Origami Convention (PCOC) in Boulder, CO (2016); and the Center Fold Origami Convention (CFOC) in Columbus, Ohio (2017). In December of 2016 Leyla was invited to exhibit at the "Mujeres De Papel" exhibition in Zaragoza, Spain, in tribute to the role of women creators in the origami field.

"When I first got an e-mail from Leyla for this course I immediately signed up for it. 'Think like an Origami Designer' is precisely what I had been wanting to do for the past year, as the more I folded the less challenging origami seemed to become. I was struggling with switching my mindset from following instructions to creative thinking and this was the push I much needed to overcome it!

Leyla was charming and wise, everything she shared with us was extremely valuable to build up my confidence and skills to try and fold something new, her experience is truly admirable. Meeting other folders from around the world was also great and I felt happy to get to know very talented people and have a great time during the lessons. I would completely recommend this course!

Leyla, thank you so much for the opportunity, I am truly grateful of the experience and thankful for getting to know you and the rest of the group." ~Caterina Russildi
"I signed up for Think Like an Origami Designer because I wanted to become more creative in my folding techniques. I found the class to be very encouraging and non-threatening. I also valued Leyla's stressing the four aspects of creativity that are so much a part of our folding. She is a wonderful teacher who makes me feel very comfortable and willing to take risks. Leyla's emphasis on curiosity and playfulness gave me newfound confidence, which in turn allowed my folding to evolve. ~Kate Edwardson

"The course has been a highlight personally for me, it has opened my mind to all the possibilities possible, and I look forward to persevering with designing my own origami.

It's worth seeing what are the possibilities while designing, and that origami has no boundaries.

I was struggling with having the confidence to try and work out my own designs and look forward to when my 365 days of origami is over to spend the next year on my own creations." ~ Anna Turner

"I have enjoyed Think as an Origami Designer, as a worldwide concept. I have been doing origami for several years but haven't had the right tools to take my origami into "design mode" until now. To learn the small steps to unlock some doors in my mind has been a great experience. You are a great and patient teacher with a lot of heart warmth. It has encouraged me to start a journey of origami design and it gives me a more complete understanding of the design process. Thank you for teaching these classes."

~Wenche Lise Fossland

"I have thoroughly enjoyed thinking and folding for the past few weeks. It was challenging without being intimidating. I gained confidence with each fold. I thank you for your support and appreciation of all of our attempts. I especially enjoyed working with the windmill base. It provided enough structure to comfortably explore multiple variations."
~Carolyn Richardson

“Where do goosebumps come from? This past year has been another remarkable effort from you Leyla, to bring to us all, the most spectacular models always superbly taught. Behind and inside each tutorial is always a gentleness and, I feel, the essence of the true spirit of origami; and that indeed is love.” ~Rosemary Browne

“Thank you so much for your knowledge, talent and inspiration. Your tutorials are enjoyable and peaceful which helps the learning process. The art of Origami should be taught in that manner. I think there is more to this art than just folding a piece of paper. It takes your mind away from the daily stresses, gives a sense of accomplishment, and a great piece of art to display.

Keep up the wonderful work you are doing. I am glad to see you are taking your sight to new levels. Origami is in your heart. Keep sending your passion to us!” ~ Pat Demharter

"THANK YOU!!! Incredibly-clear instructions! SO happy; will practice for a beautiful cousin celebrating his 90th in July. He is a huge elephant advocate. Thank you, again!!!" ~Tricia Ford

Thank you for the video – you included an extra step towards the end which made all the difference for me. From scratching my head to aha I’ve got it! ~Anne

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the workshop begin?
To be announced.
What time will we meet?
To be announced.
How experienced do I need to be with Origami to take this workshop?
If you can fold the origami crane you will do just fine in this workshop.
How much time will each session take?
The workshop will have a live session once a week, on a day and time to be determined when the next workshop is offered. During the week, between sessions, it is suggested that you spend at least two hours folding and processing the material covered during the previous session.
I've never designed origami models before and I feel a little intimidated. Is this course for me?
Yes! The course is designed to support you with the tools and the confidence to explore and make your own creative discoveries with origami.
Will there be homework?
An assignment will be given at each Wednesday session that you can work on during the week and apply what you've learned. The following Wednesday session will begin with a review, assessment, and discussion of this completed assignment.
Will I receive personalized feedback of my work?
Yes. This will be a supportive and nurturing environment where we will encourage and learn from each other. With a limited enrollment of no more than 20 participants you will be connected to a community of origami artists traveling this same path. During the live weekly session you will be able to share your work, ask questions, and provide support and assistance to other members of the workshop. There will also be a private Facebook group where you can share and comment at any time.
Are the weekly sessions recorded?
Yes! It would be ideal if you attended each meeting ask your questions and be present as an active participant. However, we understand that things come up unexpectedly and that life sometimes conflicts with previously scheduled appointments. It's for this reason you will have access to the recordings of the live sessions.
What are the technical requirements to take this course?
You need to be able to access the internet, watch videos with audio and download, open, and print,PDF’s. If you've used Facebook, and watched Youtube videos you should be just fine. We will meet using Zoom conferencing application–www.zoom.us– which will allow us to interact with each other using video, voice, and chat. You will be provided with a room number where we will be meeting and all sessions will be recorded and shared with you for your future reference. Details will be provided after you sign up for the workshop.
What if I have a question not answered here?
Email your question to: leyla@origamispirit.com

Our 30 Day Newly-Minted-Origami-Designer Money-Back Guarantee

Here's my guarantee to you because I want you to be very comfortable signing up for this course. You can sign-up for this program, attend all five of the scheduled sessions knowing that I am so very confident that you will just love this workshop.

In it you will learn new ideas and strategies for developing your own creative origami designs, and you'll have resources and understanding available to you that you didn't have before the class. You will also cultivate friendships and be supported in your efforts to grow as a practicing origami artist.

I promise that if you don't absolutely love this class, I will return all your money within 30 days after the last scheduled session, provided that you tell me what didn't work for you so that I can learn and improve.

You already know how to fold and now all you need to do is discover your why and then the what will follow. Isn't that exciting?

It would be wonderful to have you join us, to share in the learning and companionship, and to have fun!