About this course

You will learn how to fold a flat sheet of paper into a range of three-dimensional geometric forms and create complex designs and folded structures which have a wealth of applications.

Course Description

This course is for anyone interested in three-dimensional geometric form and working with paper as a base material. Suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced, you will be introduced to the basic principles of paper folding and you will learn all the necessary skills and techniques required to create a range of structures.

All tools and a range of high-quality pre-cut papers will be provided. You will also be introduced to a brief history of folding and the work of several contemporary paper and origami artists to examine how folding is used in fashion, architecture and design.

You will be given the opportunity to explore and develop your own structures and functional pieces and, on completing the course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to fold independently and apply your newly acquired skills to your own practice.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The tutor will supply all of the materials, including a range of pre-cut high-quality paper. Also, pencils, scoring tools and rulers will be available for loan during the course.

What students need to bring

  • A notebook and pencil

Additional information

Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Kate Colin

Kate Colin is a paper artist and designer whose range of work is created through intricate hand scoring and folding techniques. She is a QEST scholar, a graduate of the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme and regularly exhibits and teaches throughout the UK.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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