Japanese through Origami

Course Dates: 02/12/23
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Location: Keeley Street
Come and learn origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into a sculpture without using glue or scissors.
Origami allows you to create your own piece of art anytime, anywhere even in a busy schedule. Ideal if you want to create personalised cards for Christmas.
This is a relaxing Saturday course, so time to be hands on! The instructions will be given in Japanese and English.
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Full Sat, day, 02 Dec - 02 Dec '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of origami, one of the Japanese paper arts and crafts skills.
You will learn Japanese culture and language through Origami as well as how to fold basic Origami pieces.
You will then build up skills from simple pieces to more advanced pieces. Enjoy using just a piece of paper
and your hands to create objects such as animals, birds, toys, little boxes etc.

What will we cover?

Origami is often associated with Japanese culture, festivals and seasons. You will be briefly introduced to the
history of Origami and how this paper art form is appreciated and incorporated into people’s everyday lives in
Japan. In this session, this will be followed by an actual Origami making workshop that you will be asked to
actively participate in.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Understand the brief history of Origami and its traditions.
In this session, you will fold and complete 3-4/5 Origami pieces, which are related to Japanese culture and

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open for everyone who is hands-on and willing to have a go!
No previous language knowledge or Origami experience is necessary.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

All students will be asked to participate in the activities that are supported by PowerPoint slides and tutor demonstration in Japanese and English. You might be asked to watch some videos before workshop.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your Origami paper (15cm x 15cm or similar size - completely square paper and preferably two tone, i.e. red on the front and white on the back) for taking part in the activities and create your own pieces during the course.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any Japanese language course at various levels as well as several workshops. Ask your tutor for advice.

Rie Tsuruta-Barratt

Rie came to Britain in 2004 to study a BA in Ceramics and Wood after working as an Art Director/Graphic Designer for 17 years in Tokyo. Learning a language as an adult changed her life, enabling her to study at university again and to start a new life abroad. Rie believes that learning and teaching a language can change someone’s life and this is why she is fascinated by teaching Japanese to adult learners. After completing her MA in Ceramics and Glass in 2012, Rie obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language in 2016 whilst also teaching Ceramics in an adult education college and Japanese Pottery at a college as a visiting lecturer. She then started teaching Japanese both privately and at a language school where she gained valuable experience teaching at all levels. Since 2019, Rie has been teaching Japanese at City Lit at all levels from complete beginners to advanced. Her teaching materials, which include original handouts, reflect her background in art design and culture and help learners enjoy speaking and listening.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.