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
There are four total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for 2 hours.
Summer Section A: Meets Thursdays starting September 23.
Session 1 (Thursday, 9/23, 7–9:00 PM ET): Intro to Paper Engineering: Tools, templates, and 1-sheet pop-ups
Session 2 (Thursday, 9/30, 7–9:00 PM ET): Building Multi-Piece Pop-Ups: Complex structures
Session 3 (Thursday, 10/7, 7–9:00 PM ET): Modifying Your Pop-ups: Adding variation
Session 4 (Thursday, 10/14, 7–9:00 PM ET): Creating a Book: Binding your work together
Fall Section A: Meets Tuesdays starting October 26.
Session 1 (Tuesday, 10/26, 7–9:00 PM ET): Intro to Paper Engineering: Tools, templates, and 1-sheet pop-ups
Session 2 (Tuesday, 11/2, 7–9:00 PM ET): Building Multi-Piece Pop-Ups: Complex structures
Session 3 (Tuesday, 11/9, 7–9:00 PM ET): Modifying Your Pop-ups: Adding variation
Session 4 (Tuesday, 11/16, 7–9:00 PM ET): Creating a Book: Binding your work together
Fall Section B: Meets Thursdays starting October 28.
Session 1 (Thursday, 10/28, 7–9:00 PM ET): Intro to Paper Engineering: Tools, templates, and 1-sheet pop-ups
Session 2 (Thursday, 11/4, 7–9:00 PM ET): Building Multi-Piece Pop-Ups: Complex structures
Session 3 (Thursday, 11/11, 7–9:00 PM ET): Modifying Your Pop-ups: Adding variation
Session 4 (Thursday, 11/18, 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)
If you are unable to pay the ticket price for this course, a limited number of no-pay spots are available to increase accessibility for students, regardless of economic situation. Please note that this option is first-come, first-served, and reserved for those who would not otherwise be able to take this course. To learn more about our approach to pricing, including no-pay options, please visit our FAQ page.
Atlas Obscura Online Courses
Our online courses offer opportunities for participants to emerge with new skills, knowledge, connections, and perspectives through multi-session classes designed and taught by expert instructors. Courses can take one of two forms: Seminars are intimate, interactive classes—capped at nine to 25 students—exploring topics and crafts through discussion, workshops, assignments, and in-class activities. We also offer lecture series that can be attended live, or viewed via a recording that will be shared within 72 hours after each session airs. Class recordings for lecture series will be available with a temporary password for up to two weeks following the final session of the course.
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Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to the class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access your course via Zoom on each scheduled date and time.
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-style course that meets over Zoom. Students may be invited to participate in discussions, workshop their projects, and receive feedback from the course instructor.
In most cases, instructors will use Google Classroom to communicate with students outside of class. While students aren’t required to use Classroom, instructors will be using this platform to post resources, discussion questions, and assignments, when applicable.
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There are 25 spots available on this experience.