In this four-part seminar, learn how to craft a variety of pop-ups and 3D paper structures.
Paper may seem like a humble medium, but each sheet holds the potential to transform into something fascinating, complex, and three-dimensional. In this digital era, paper art and pop-ups can add an element of tactility and human interaction to the written word. In this course, we’ll explore the many movements and dimensions you can create with pop-up structures—within books, cards, or on their own. We’ll learn to build and modify basic paper engineering models, starting with simple one-sheet box pop-ups and working our way up to layered 180-degree self-standing constructions. Templates will be provided so everyone can understand and explore a wide range of complexities, and examples of how mechanisms are applied to published pop-up books will be shared throughout. At the end of the course, we’ll bind all of the pop-up models into a book.
Syllabus At A Glance
This course includes four total sessions each lasting for 2 hours.
Summer Section A: Meets Wednesdays starting September 14.
Session 1 (Wednesday, 9/14, 7–9:00 PM ET): Intro to Paper Engineering: Tools, templates, and 1-sheet pop-ups
Session 2 (Wednesday, 9/21, 7–9:00 PM ET): Building Multi-Piece Pop-Ups: Complex structures
Session 3 (Wednesday, 9/28, 7–9:00 PM ET): Modifying Your Pop-ups: Adding variation
Session 4 (Wednesday, 10/5, 7–9:00 PM ET): Creating a Book: Binding your work together
Fall Section A: Meets Thursdays starting October 27.
Session 1 (Thursday, 10/27, 7–9:00 PM ET): Intro to Paper Engineering: Tools, templates, and 1-sheet pop-ups
Session 2 (Thursday, 11/3, 7–9:00 PM ET): Building Multi-Piece Pop-Ups: Complex structures
Session 3 (Thursday, 11/10, 7–9:00 PM ET): Modifying Your Pop-ups: Adding variation
Session 4 (Thursday, 11/17, 7–9:00 PM ET): Creating a Book: Binding your work together
Between sessions, students will be expected to pre-cut and score their pop-up templates so we can focus on construction and theory during class. Depending on experience and the template chosen, this can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.
- X-acto knife with extra blades
- Self-healing cutting mat (8.5 x 11 or larger)
- Bone folder
- Scoring tool (can be an old pen without ink or a knitting needle)
- Glue (acid-free tacky glue)
- Letter-sized card stock paper (any color)
- Collage materials and coloring supplies (optional)
In addition to full-price tickets, a limited number of no-pay spots are available for this course. Please note that these tickets are reserved for those who would not otherwise be able to take this course and who expect to attend all sessions. No-pay spots are distributed via a randomized drawing two weeks before each course begins. For more information and to apply for a no-pay spot, please click here. To learn more about our pricing model and randomized selection process for no-pay spots, please visit our FAQ page.
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Yoojin Kim is a paper engineer, designer, and world traveler. Her wanderlust and fascination with flora and fauna is evident in her work, which is heavily influenced by both the geometric and organic structures found in nature. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from Maryland Institute College of Art and spends her time designing dimensional products for personal and commercial clients. She currently works as a paper engineer and art director at UWP Luxe & Up With Paper. She resides in a cozy New Haven apartment with her curious hedgehogs.
This is an interactive, small-group seminar that meets over Zoom. Students may be encouraged to participate in discussions, work on assignments outside of class, and workshop projects with their instructor or classmates. Due to the interactive nature of this course, we strongly recommend students attend as many live sessions as possible. Within 72 hours after each session meets, students will receive access to a recording of the live session, which they can watch for up to two weeks after the course concludes.
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There are 25 spots available on this experience.
Thu, Oct 27, 20227:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.$245