Welcome to Paint Love’s curriculum guide featuring Origami Projects to Address the Needs of Youth During CoVID-19. Origami has proven to be a valuable tool in working with youth during the pandemic. Especially for those engaging in distance learning, Origami requires few supplies and can be lead virtually. Creating origami is often relaxing to the creator and conversations flow around the symbolic nature of the animals and objects created. This guide addresses various emotions and topics we have observed in young people through our programming. We suggest beginning this practice orienting young people to the space and the project. Begin with breathing or mindfulness practices to promote self-regulation before art-making. Examples of these can be found in our guide on “Art Projects for Mindfulness and Calming” in the shop. Paint Love is a nonprofit that has brought trauma-informed arts programming to over 10,000 students over the last six years. We de- veloped this art-based curriculum teaching creative and social- emotional learning (SEL) skills to any age group. This guide can be in- corporated into many different spaces in work with young people. For more information on incorporating art and SEL into daily learning, reach out to the Paint Love team at www.gopaintlove.org or Info@gopaintlove.org Paper (Cut to a square) Coloring Tools Links to videos have been included for those teaching to learn the folds. The origami crane is a symbol of hope and The elephant is a common and powerful symbol healing. In eastern cultures, the crane is a of wisdom and loyalty. They are gentle creatures revered, mythical creature able to live for that move in herds-known for working together to thousands of years. It is believed that if you protect one another. Elephants are known for their create 1000 cranes, one wish will come true. patient movements. This practice, “senbazuru.” has led to many beautiful installations of thousands of paper cranes around the country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J39ZorCtJw https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=KfnyopxdJXQ&t=117s Elephants move together as a unit—offering protection and loyalty to one another. What does it mean to be loyal? How have you demonstrated loyalty to the people you care about? How has Cranes are symbols of hope and healing. What someone demonstrated loyalty to you? Our herds does hope mean? How do we help one another are communities, neighborhoods, schools, or any have hope? When is a time you struggled with circle of people you spend time with. How do you something and lost hope? Did you gain it back? all protect one another? How do you include one How? How does art help us hope? How do you another? How do you handle disagreements? Like need hope and healing right now? How does your elephants, how can we be patient with one community need hope and healing? another? In Japanese, Origami means Oru (to fold) and Kami (paper). In 105 A.D., paper was invented in China. Brought to Japan by Buddhist Monks, Origami began as a ceremonial practice. As paper became mass produced, origami shaped into an art form available to anyone. To some, origami enhances the meditation practice and Zen, the calm- attentiveness originally used by Samurai to enhance their skills in battle. To others, it’s a symbol of our interconnectedness: “To a few paperfolders the oneness of the square of paper (which has the capacity to become all creatures, interdependent because the square always re- mains a square) symbolizes their belief in the harmony of the universe.” (Eric Kenneway) Origami boxes can be made to represent holding Butterflies symbolize transformation. They are a space. In this time, many young people have chance for change and renewal. Their movement experienced grief and loss from losing loved ones from a caterpillar to a bright, colorful creature to missing out on important events or normal expresses hope for the future. routine to missing their social lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWppAdgvEtI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8p_MIq4ngU After creating the box, use coloring tools to decorate it with what you need to hold space for. Have you felt fear or worry during this time? Take a minute to write or design your fears and worries on the wings of the butterfly. Describe your piece. How does worry feel in your body? What has helped you let go of worry in the past? What Grief is a tough emotion that requires space and freedom or renewal can come from letting go of patience. Describe what you are holding space your worries? for. What was important about these things? What does grief feel like in your body? Think of a time Imagine your worries flying away on your you experienced grief in the past. What helped beautiful butterfly. How does it feel? you through the journey? Who helped support you?