All events are free and take place at UMMA unless otherwise noted.

Jun 17
Zoom Event / Virtual Event

Virtual Family Art Studio: Kusudama

This event is free and open to the public. Register here.

In this special program for Ann Arbor Japan Week, join College of Literature, Science, and the Arts alum Maiya Yu for a tutorial on making Japanese kusudama — paper models typically created by sewing or gluing together multiple identical origami units. While you learn about the kusudama process with Maiya, you will also have the opportunity to explore some of the artwork in UMMA's collection with Student Programs Assistant Emily Considine. This event is open for all ages, though each project will increase in difficulty. Projects later in the program may require a level of dexterity difficult for small children to achieve on their own.

We highly encourage you to have your paper prepared ahead of time. 

You will need:

  • 2 sets of 6 squares of paper (recommend 6 inch squares) (12 squares total)
  • 1 set of 12 squares of paper (recommend 4 inch squares) (60 squares total)
  • 12 sets of 6 squares of paper (recommend 3 inch squares) (72 squares total)
  • A glue stick or other relatively fast drying glue or glue dots (or make your own glue at home)

You can cut your own paper following these tips or you can buy pre-cut paper. This multi-pack has enough paper for at least 8 participants in all of the recommended sizes.

Recommended paper types:

  • Printer paper
  • Magazine paper
  • Origami paper
  • Notebook paper

We do not recommend:

  • Cardstock
  • Construction paper
  • Cardboard

Family Art Studio is generously supported by the University of Michigan Credit Union Arts Adventures Program, UMMA's Lead Sponsor for Student and Family Engagement.  

Ann Arbor Japan Week is organized by the U-M Center for Japanese Studies. For information about the full line up of activities, please visit the CJS website.