Monday, March 28, 2011

Origami Cranes for Japan--Tutorial by Alexis

Near North art students are joining other students from around the world in making paper cranes to help Japan rebuild.

Make Paper Cranes, Rebuild Communities

"On Friday, March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake struck Sendai, Japan, resulting in a devastating tsunami that ravaged the coast just 180 miles from Tokyo.
Students can help Japan by making paper cranes. These simple yet powerful gestures will trigger a $200,000 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation - $2 for each crane received - to Architecture for Humanity's reconstruction efforts in Japan. Once we reach our goal of 100,000 submissions, the cranes will be woven into an art installation - a symbolic gift from students around the globe to Japanese youth." via

     Today I had my first lesson in origami crane making, from my master of origami student, Alexis. He did an excellent job teaching me and made this tutorial for others to follow. Alexis thinks this is a great way to help Japan and plans on making many cranes himself.

     Alexis also came in to teach Room 202 how to make cranes and is looking forward to teaching other classes.

Alexis, thanks so much for all of your help!

     If you would like to make cranes and help raise money for Japan please use this wonderful tutorial by Alexis, Room 201

HELPING JAPAN--Origami Cranes Tutorial by Alexis from Karen Bolotin on Vimeo.

This is a brilliant idea! Click on "Activities" when you get there. 

For more information on this project please click here.

All cranes should be mailed to 
Students Rebuild
1700 7th Avenue
STE 116 # 145
Seattle, WA 98101
 Email to receive a pre-paid shipping label for large boxes (over 50 cranes please). info@studentsrebuildiorg

Great sites for Origami


  1. Alexis, excellent tutorial! I don't think I need to watch it again because your step-by-step instructions were simple and clear.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great job Alexis. I am going to have my students watch this one. They've been using the one on the Students Rebuild site and are getting confused on some of the steps. I think this will help them.

  3. Beautiful! The pacing of your presentation was great. Can't wait to try it.

  4. Alexis..I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your help this week. You did a fantastic job teaching the students how to fold Origami cranes. The students really enjoyed working with you and so did I. I really liked it when you said that you felt like you were going to a real job everyday! That's a great feeling I know. Thanks again and I look forward to working with you in the future.:-) Now I'm off to fold some cranes...using your tutorial of course!
    Ms. Bolotin