“Over all, I want you to discover the joy of creation by your own hand… The possibility of creation from paper is infinite.” – Akira Yoshikawa
Origami encourages creativity, builds focus, and is a great hobby to start at any age.
I’ve been practicing origami for over 25 years. I was fascinated by animals as a kid, and delighted when I discovered I could fold my own animal figurines out of paper (Plus, I lived in a house full of scrap paper). It was a great way to pass the time in transit and on family trips. Still is!
I began working at Taro’s Origami Studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn in 2014 as a teacher and staff member. Now, I teach origami workshops and lessons (group and private) independently and through Taro’s. I have also folded models for media use and as live entertainment for corporate events and parties.
Learn the basic folds, bases, diagram symbols, and models to start you down a lifelong journey mastering the art of paper folding.
- Private Lessons – One-on-one lessons catered to the student’s interests and skill level.
- Group Lessons – Round up a few friends and learn to fold together. Group lesson rates vary based on the size of the group.
- Eight Session Crash Course – In eight 75-90 minute sessions, you’ll learn the fundamental folds, bases, and numerous models to start you on the path to becoming an origami master. Each session focuses on a particular base, teaching the principles of origami through 3-4 models derived from that bases.
A crash course in the art of paper folding, origami workshops work beautifully as Corporate Team Building Sessions, Special Events, or Party Activities.
- Standard Origami Workshop – In a 60 or 90 minute workshop, you’ll learn about the basic history of origami, some of the common folds, bases, principles, and approaches to folding origami, and immediately apply them to make 3-4 models.
- Scrap Paper Origami Workshop – Does your office have heaps of scrap paper lying around? I’ll show you how to cut the paper into squares and fold them into animals, planes, flowers, and so on. Folding can be a refreshing break in the workday, and it’s much more fun to have the office full of origami models than piles of paper. It’s a perfect corporate team building activity.
- Themed Origami Workshop – Same as the Standard Workshop, but the models are picked around a theme. Possible themes include (but are not limited to):
- Origami History – Learning more about the history of Origami while folding traditional and contemporary models that demonstrate how the art form has developed and evolved over time, including traditional Japanese models, traditional Western models, and contemporary models.
- Origami Aviary – Birds.
- Origami Garden – Flowers, Bugs, Butterflies, etc.
- Modular Origami – Modular Origami involves folding the same unit over and over again, then combining the units to make shapes and structures. Have each person fold all the units to make their own model, or work together to fold units to make one big model.
*We can work together on a theme that fits your occasion.
Folding specific models, made to order for various needs, including:
- Media Usage
- Corporate and Celebratory Events
Examples of Bespoke Origami Projects include:
- Strings of Cranes – There is a tradition of hanging forty strings of twenty five origami cranes (a total of one thousand cranes) as wedding decoration. They say that folding a thousand cranes makes a wish come true.
- Bouquets of Paper Flowers
- Origami Centerpieces
- Party Favors and Gifts
Live Origami Folding
Folding origami models in person for you and your guests. Great for Corporate and Celebratory Events.
“Jeff Raab coalesced all ages for a wonderful origami class at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum this winter. Jeff delved into the history of the origami craft and led an easy-to-follow instructional portion, during which about 30 attendants – from young children to adults – learned how to construct snakes, boats and cranes. His charm and amiable personality fostered a warm and inclusive environment for both experienced folders and those new to origami. We look forward to having Jeff back at our Museum!” – National Bonsai Museum, Washington, DC (Blog Article from National Bonsai Museum Workshop)
“Jeff was such an amazing teacher. He came to our home and even brought the special paper with him. Our son who is 7 and his friends (8-9yrs) thoroughly enjoyed learning how to fold origami and it was a creative fun way to spend the afternoon. We hope to do it again soon.” – Eryn, Queens, NY
Check out my Origami Instagram page.
Here are pictures of models I’ve folded (including a couple original designs) and of me in action as teacher and artist: