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Published December 21st 2012
Discover the joy of folding
I recently discovered that I am a folder. And my seven year old son is a folder too. And if you give yourself the opportunity, you might discover that you are a family of folders as well.
A folder is an origami enthusiast. And you will not find anyone as enthusiastic, or as engaging, as origami master Jonathan Baxter. Jonathan has been folding for almost 30 years and his work has been exhibited and sold at fine art shows and galleries in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and Europe.
We recently attended one of Jonathan's new Origami Dojo workshops that have been developed for children and will run as part of the Origami Dojo school holiday programs. The programs have been designed to be inclusive for students of all ages and abilities.
Christmas themed Origami at Origami Dojo Workshops
Jonathan has a wonderful teaching style. He uses language and demonstrations that are accessible to kids and shares his enthusiasm for folding. My son stayed fully engaged for the entire 2 hours workshop and was disappointed that it came to an end. He has declared the Origami Dojo workshop the best ever (even better than Lego). He even asked if we can bring paper with us everywhere we go because then he will never be bored.
I enjoyed the idea of introducing my kids to something different. The process of folding is great for their fine motor skills and creativity. And for some of the finer models it was also an excellent lesson in patience and persistance.
Origami Dojo has been created to provide a portal to the world of Origami. Jonathan's vision is to provide a forum for origami enthusiasts to share their knowledge and work and to introduce more children to the magic of folding through school holiday workshops.