Artist and teacher Eilis Hanson loves nurturing young learners’ creativity through art activities. In Part 1 of this resource, Eilis demonstrates a method for creating an origami puzzle purse. Part 2 of this resource can be found here.
Notes for Teachers
What is the aim of this exercise?
This resource offers a creative way to interpret books and poems, by using origami and drawing. The activity can be linked to other curriculum areas, such as English, Geography and History.
What age can this exercise be used with?
This resource is suitable for primary and secondary school age learners, and particularly suits KS2 children (aged 7-11).
How long does this exercise take?
Part 1 of this resource – making the origami purse – may take 10-15 minutes. Part 2 of this resource – adding content to the origami purse – may take several lessons, depending on the complexity of your learners’ ideas.
How do I measure success?
Success will be measured by the learners’ involvement and their ability to translate the plot/storylines from books into their own poems, and then into drawings.
More able or engaged children may demonstrate a more thorough approach to creating their puzzle purses. They may consider the placement of different elements of their purse more carefully, with the readers/viewers in mind.
Encourage learners to make their own creative decisions, and to experiment with the combination of words and images. Younger learners may need more help with the origami part as well.
What can we try after this exercise?
Other resources exploring paper craft, and art based on poetry and books.
Try other DrawAble exercises and projects.
Which artists might we look at?
You may also want to see Eilis’s other projects.
Puzzle purses have been intriguing and delighting people around the world for hundreds of years. The Victorians used these origami riddles as secret friendship tokens and love notes (one even appeared in the film Emma), while in Japan, they have been used as little storage containers. Cheap and easy to make, puzzle purses offer all sorts of creative possibilities and these instructions will start you off on that journey. This activity will show you how to design and make a puzzle purse, which you can then decorate and personalise in Part 2.
You will need:
1 square of thin card or cartridge paper (21cm x 21 cm)