Year of the Water Tiger Pop-Up Cards
Instructor: Colette Fu

Virtual Workshop
Sunday January 30, 2022
10 AM to 1 PM Eastern Standard Time
From wherever you are, VIA ZOOM
(This workshop will be recorded, and video will be available to registered students for two weeks after the workshop)
Class limit 15

Join us in welcoming the Year of the Tiger! The Lunar New Year begins on February 1st and ends on February 15th with the Lantern Festival. We’ll be learning how to make 3 different types of pop-up cards. Two 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.


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. For more details or to register, 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 $75, 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 $75 as your guide and go from there.


Tablet or computer with internet connection • access to a printer for printing templates • cardstock (at least 5 sheets, 8 1/2" x 11") • 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) • OPTIONAL ITEMS: knitting needle (size 2 is great) or scoring tool • bone folder


Colette Fu makes complex three-dimensional compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. Colette teaches pop-up courses and community workshops to marginalized populations at art centers, universities and institutions internationally. 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 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!

Enjoy a short animation about the fascinating story behind the Chinese zodiac. Where do you fall?