Private classes online

Knowledge and curiosity in ORIGAMI: six live sessions for ages 10 to 150*


Teacher: Gerardo Gacharná Ramírez / More information: gerardo(at)neorigami.com

Some information

The classes have two different goals: to acquire a general understanding of the origami culture (diagrams, specialized words, its classifications, mathematics, etc.) and to channel our curiosity through folding explorations (trying out new ideas and learning to express oneself creatively). To accomplish that, we will carry out very different activities; we won't be just learning the steps to fold some models (figures). In some classes you will want to take notes like in any formal class, but in others, you will participate in challenges that call for creative solutions. Live online sessions. Ages 10 to 150*, NOT only for kids, and NO previous experience in origami is needed. Groups of maximum six students.

About the teacher

Gerardo Gacharná Ramírez works in the human and social sciences, having several years of experience as a teacher. Regarding origami, he has been seriously dedicated to this art-form since 2010. He currently has around 80 models of his own design. Some have been included in publications from Spain, England, and United States. He had founded the Neorigami collaborative blog and co-founded the Mini Neo e-fanzine. He ran the Inter-forum Useful Model Challenge in 2012, and edited the book Practigami the year after that. Now he runs the United to Fold and Foldeas activities, as well as the Diálogos Origámicos online group. Gerardo has mainly created a wide variety of practical models, including different types of containers, but has also created figurative and conceptual models. With his conceptual works, he has participated in different art calls, for example, the 2021 Revela art exhibition in his country, Colombia. Gerardo's editorial "Would a Kawasaki Rose by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?" was added to The Fold e-zine in 2018, and in 2020, his paper "Between human and folded bodies: Examples of affection and care in Bogotá" was included in a social sciences journal. Aside from that, he was selected as one of the special guests for the next Origami Bogotá convention.

More details

  • I offer a program of six classes. Each one lasts for 90 min, so we can make the most of each class.

  • Get a discount if you make a single payment for the six classes, that would be $218 USD for 1 student.

  • You can also pay per class (90 min) for 1 student. Each one costs $39 USD

  • The private classes are scheduled depending on your availability: daily, every other day, weekends, etc.

  • In the case of groups, pay an additional $6.50 USD per class and for each student after the first. The group cannot have more than six students.

  • Here's a good tip: The larger the group, the less each one has to pay.

A sample of the teacher's original creations

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A comment from Carolyn (USA)

"Sometimes when you’re folding, there is a sequence of folds that catch you by surprise and leave you marveling at the designer’s genius in creating the model. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it takes your breath away and fills you with the true joy of origami. I experienced this in my lessons with Gerardo G. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Gerardo is an excellent teacher. His instructions are clear and precise. He’s patient and never moves on until you are ready to follow his lead. I feel that I have a greater understanding of how models are put together. I owe that to Gerardo. I am a better folder now than I was before I started."

Other comments...

  • "He is an educated, honest person who, with passion and dedication, transmits his knowledge to others."

  • "Gerardo teaches origami with great ease, he is passionate about its subjects. He is dynamic and transmits with love the discipline of the origami art. Gerardo helps dissipate your doubts. He reinforces by repeating if necessary and is aware of each member who participates according to his or her ability. I love his vocation and group managing skills."

  • "He is an excellent origami teacher, has original projects, children can participate in his classes."

  • "With Gerardo the classes are very complete, he explains very well and helps you understand the steps to follow. I have a lot of fun sharing with him... he makes it easy for me to share my questions and I like his origami designs, aside from the fact that he has taught me the types of folds that exist in order to make them. He is passionate about what he does and transmits to others the energy and love for origami."

Gerardo's resume

More than 100 hours of experience in origami workshops both in-person and online.

Groups

  • Origami Authors & Creators

  • Community for Creators

  • British Origami Society

Presentations

  • "De Cajas y Sobres: Origami y el Diseño Industrial de Empaques", at World Origami Days Festival, by the Bolivian Origami Society in 2021.

  • "Of Boxes & Envelopes: Origami and Industrial Packaging Design", for Foldeas: Sharing Ideas Through Origami in 2021.

  • "Creating through the Frankensteinian Method in Origami", self-managed through Zoom in 2020.

Workshops at international events

  • "Three Origami Ways to Divide into Thirds and 2 x 2 Envelope" at Online Origami Day, by Origami Deutschland in 2021.

  • "Boxed Fortune Teller" at VCon Autumn, by the British Origami Society BOS in 2021.

  • "Bookend" at Origami World Marathon OWM2, 2021.

More from Gerardo's resume...

Diagrams

  • "Shopping bag" in Mini Neo; a fanzine in 2014.

  • "Fireplace Bellows" in Practigami; a book from 2013.

  • "Grabber" in Practigami.

  • "Nativity Stable" in Origami for Christmas; a book by BOS in Great Britain, 2013.

  • “Toilet” in Pajarita 2013 Convention Book; from AEP in Spain.

  • “Thin Two-colored Pocket” in Origami Collection 2012; a convention book by OrigamiUSA.

Publications

Exhibitions

  • Revela, as one of the winners of the art call, in Bogotá, Colombia in 2021.

  • On the Facebook page of Carta Abierta art gallery, 2020.

  • Solo exhibition, at the Colombian School of Design and Arts ESDIART in 2015.

Interviews

  • "Gerardo Gacharná: Useful models from Colombia" by Juan Arriagada in Mini Neo; a fanzine in 2012.

Other projects

  • Foldeas (founder): Hands-on presentations related to origami with international guest-speakers, through Zoom; since 2020.

  • United to Fold - UnFold (founder): International folding gatherings through Zoom; since 2020.

  • Diálogos Origámicos: a Spanish-language online group for conversing about and sharing origami; since 2020.

  • For FlyIt4ward: An original model (figure) for the NGO Miracle Flights fundraising campaign; in May 2016.

The teacher's design for Miracle Flights NGO