Modelling, casting and other techniques

Paper folding and geometric form with Kate Colin

Ref: SLW10848


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About this course

This structured course is for artists, designers and anyone wishing to learn how to transform a flat sheet of paper into a range of three-dimensional geometric forms.

Course Description

You will be introduced to the basic principles of paper folding, and will learn various open-ended techniques that can be creatively applied to paper and other sheet materials.

We will explore various folding techniques including linear divisions, zigzag and knife pleats as well as several designs and complex geometric surface patterns, and the processes involved in creating them. You will also learn about the use of tools, as well as various types and weights of paper, all of which will be provided by the tutor.

During the course you will work on several personal projects, and will be introduced to the history of folding and the work of several contemporary paper folding artists to examine how it is used in fashion, architecture and design.

On completion, you will be equipped with the techniques and confidence to continue folding independently and be able apply your newly acquired skills to your own practice and diverse design projects.


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, 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 and pencils, scoring tools, rulers for use during the course.

What students need to bring

  • A notebook and pencil


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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