Year of the Ox Pop-up Cards

Standing upright on a table are colorful year of the Ox themed pop-up cards. Supplies sit neatly in front of the work.
Year of the Ox Pop-up Cards by Colette Fu
Colette Fu with a large pop-up book entitled: olette Fu: We are Tiger Dragon People.
Colette Fu has spent decades researching and documenting the lives of China's ethnic minorities, publishing in the form of beautiful, intricate, hand-cut paper pop-up books. Fu works in her studio in Philadelphia, Pa on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. (photo by Laurence Kesterson)
A yellow crane pop-up book is laid flat on a work table.
Pop-up Crane book by Colette Fu
A year of the Ox pop-up card is halfway closed. There is half of a red Ox with words written within the border.
A year of the Ox pop-up card is halfway closed.

Event Info

This class will take place on:

  • Fri, Feb 26 1:00–3:00pm ET

Join us in welcoming the Year of the Metal Ox! The Chinese Lunar New Year begins on February 12th and ends on February 26th with the Lantern Festival. We’ll be learning how to make 3 different types of pop-up cards. 2 templates will be emailed before the start of class (the 3rd type we’ll be designing together). In addition to making the cards with you, Colette will discuss the mechanics behind the designs so you can design your own.

Enjoy a short animation about “The myth behind the Chinese zodiac”. Where do you fall?

There are a total of 12 spots open in this small-group workshop.

If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. This application should be completed at least three weeks before the workshop’s start date.

Required Materials:

  • Printed Templates (2 Template files will be emailed to you before the start of class)
  • 5 sheets 8.5×11” Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue, PVA suggested or double-sided tape
  • Pencil/Eraser
  • Metal Ruler
  • X-acto Knife
  • Self Healing Mat or Cardboard will work as well
  • Knitting Needle, I like size 2, or Scoring Tool (optional)
  • Bone Folder (optional)

About the Instructor:

Philadelphia based artist Colette Fu makes complex three-dimensional compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many private and rare archive collections.  Colette’s numerous awards include a 2020 Joan Mitchell Artist and Sculptor’s Grant, the Meggendorfer Prize for best paper-engineered artist book, and a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China. In 2017, Colette created the world’s largest pop-up book measuring 21×14 feet, where people were invited to enter the book. Colette teaches pop-up courses and community workshops to marginalized populations at art centers, universities and institutions internationally.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

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