Year of the Metal Ox
Pop-Up Cards

Instructor Colette Fu

Virtual Workshop
Thursday February 18, 2021
6 to 8 PM Eastern Standard Time
From wherever you are, via Zoom
Class limit: 15

Join us in welcoming the Year of the Metal Ox! The Chinese Lunar New Year begins on February 12 and continues for 16 days through Lantern Festival, which closes the celebration on February 26. In this two-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to make three different types of pop-up cards. In addition to making the cards with you, Colette will discuss the mechanics behind the designs, giving you a solid foundation in designing pop-ups of your own after the workshop.


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. For more details or to register, please email JCBA Director John Cutrone ( John will send you an email explaining how to pay your tuition online. It's a simple process.


Our suggested tuition rate for this course is $65, but your tuition is Self-Determined. Our goal is to make this workshop experience accessible. If your personal financial situation is difficult right now, pay what you can. If you can afford to pay more, we deeply appreciate that. Use our suggested tuition of $65 as your guide and go from there.


Tablet or computer with internet connection • access to a printer for printing templates • cardstock • scissors • glue (PVA is recommended if you have it) • pencil/eraser • metal ruler • X-acto knife and blades • self-healing cutting mat (or cardboard will work, as well) • knitting needle if you have one (size 2 is great) • bone folder if you have one


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, the Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many private collections. Her works were exhibited at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts in a 2013 solo show called We are Tiger Dragon People. Colette's numerous awards include a 2020 Joan Mitchell Artist & Sculptor's Grant, the Meggendorfer Prize for best paper-engineered artists' book, and a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China. In 2017, she created the world's largest pop-up book; the book measures 21 x 14 feet, and people are invited to enter it. We tried to bring the book to the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, but none of the building entrances to the library were large enough!