The Empty Opera House: Online Storytelling & Origami Craft with Linda Stephen 3/26 (& recorded video)
Origami artist, author and illustrator Linda Stephen partners with the Minden Opera House for the first visual art performance in a series of online performances for “The Empty Opera House” series.
The stage is dark, and the seats are empty, but thanks to technology, we don’t have to remain totally isolated. We can still connect from our own homes to share an afternoon of art, storytime and creation together.
Linda Stephen took over the Minden Opera House Facebook Page, LIVE on Thursday March 26th at 3 p.m. (Central).
Tune in to listen to Linda’s new origami picture book “The Day We Went to the Park.” Then make an origami caterpillar out of paper, see paper art with more than 1,000 origami sculptures, search for an origami squirrel or sailboat, and ask questions.
Support the arts from the safety and comfort of your own living room! The Minden Opera House set up a page for donations to individual artists or the opera house. Click the DONATE NOW button and designate the artist name in the Comments box. https://www.mindenoperahouse.com/calendar/the-empty-opera-house/
Linda Stephen has exhibited nationally in more than 150 exhibits including two at the Minden Opera House. Her origami landscapes are part of public and private collections around the world including the “Our Band” marching band series in the Minden Opera House lobby.
In February 2020, Linda published her first picture book, The Day We Went to the Park (Handersen Publishing). The illustrations feature her intricate paper landscapes – more than 1,000 origami sculptures and hundreds of layers of handmade papers. Learn more at LindaStephen.com or TheDayWeWentToThePark.com
Who: Linda Stephen, origami artist and children’s book author/illustrator.
When: Thursday March 26 at 3 p.m.
Where: Minden Opera House Facebook page
What: Storytime and origami creation time. Linda will read from her origami picture book “The Day We Went to the Park,” which features Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln – all in origami (folded paper). Storytime with the author/illustrator
– Search & find with the art: How many inchworms can you count in the art? How many canoes? Can you see a kite or a red sailboat?
– Explore what we can see, do or hear outside
– Make an origami caterpillar – fold a caterpillar out of paper
– Book trailer with animated origami for “The Day We Went to the Park”
– “Our Band” origami landscape by Linda Stephen at the Minden Opera House
– If you’d like to make an origami caterpillar, you will need a long rectangle of paper, at least 6 inches long. The paper can be origami paper or copy paper or magazine paper or crepe paper.
The Day We Went to the Park (Handersen Publishing, Feb. 2020)
ISBN: 9781647030032 (hardback). Also in paperback & ebook. Available wherever books are sold.
“I have long been enamored of Linda Stephen’s origami art, so I was excited to see one of her works turned into a picture book. The Day We Went to the Park zooms in on small sections in the larger origami painting to create an interesting walk through the park paired with rhyming text. Children will enjoy poring over the pages to find hidden or unexpected details.”
—Laurie J. Edwards, USA Today bestselling author
“With lilting rhymes and colorful origami art, this cheerful book invites young readers to celebrate the squirrels, the ladybugs, the breeze, and all the other joys of a delightful day at the park.”
—Jacqueline Jules, author of The Generous Fish and Zapato Power.
“The Day We Went to the Park is an origami picture book for ages 3-9 that offers the unusual pairing of colorful origami pictures and a rollicking rhyme that explores a community park. Teachers interested in promoting outdoors-based educational opportunities to the very young will find The Day We Went to the Park the perfect read-aloud introduction to this experience.”
—D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“Children will like The Day We Went to the Park. They can relate to walking down a gravel path to green grass and fields of trees and animals. They can relate to looking under rocks, rolling on one’s belly, and watching ladybugs prance about while they dance along with them…Young children will like looking at the illustrations. Even more, they will love finding the objects mentioned… Those who collect picture books for the illustrations could not find anything more visually exciting than Linda Stephen’s origami.”
—Sue Morris, Kid Lit Reviews
“What makes the book unique is it teaches readers to become aware of their surroundings and to appreciate nature…The pictures are all original origami artwork by the author and there are instructions at the end of the book for youngsters on how to fold a caterpillar and create their own artwork. That makes the pictures in the story visually appealing and introduces readers to a different form of art in an engaging way.”
—Mamta Madhavan, Readers’ Favorite (Five-star review)
“In today’s fast-paced world, I believe it’s more important than ever to teach children to take the time to slow down and appreciate the natural beauty around them. “The Day We Went to the Park” shows that even a simple trip to a local park can be filled with wonder when you’re attuned to your surroundings.”
—Columnist and origami expert Dana Hinders
“I love, love the color. Even for a child who can’t read, there is so much color and texture that they can see and enjoy. It’s really spectacular how the artist promotes and shares Japanese culture through origami. Linda’s art takes origami to a higher level of art. I love the hands-on craft to make the origami inchworm, too. It gives readers an opportunity to participate – and to create.”
—Julia Noyes, artist and gallery owner, Noyes Art Gallery
“This whimsical picture book encourages readers to examine the world around them, for all is not always what it seems. The Day We Went to the Park turns an ordinary stroll into an extraordinary adventure, filled with dancing ladybugs, whispering pines, and a lively sailboat race. Vibrant, colorful images appear at first to be the straight-forward illustrations of a sunny, lush park, but, upon closer inspection, are actually detailed scenes crafted entirely from origami and 3D paper sculpture. This clever, creative choice echoes the book’s message to readers: slow down, explore, and look closely. You never know what treasures you’ll find. A clever, visually stunning exercise in mindfulness.”
— Rebecca Rissman, author of Yoga for Your Mind and Body and 200+ nonfiction kidlit books
“Folded paper artist Linda Stephen’s intricate scenes show there’s much to do at the local park! From watching sailboat races to examining ladybugs, there’s something for everyone. I’ll bet you and your little one can get plenty of ideas of what you can do on YOUR outing!”
—D.S.Thornton, author of Scrap City
”The book is a great introduction into the natural world.”
—Marda Johnson, University of Arizona Libraries
“The artwork is extraordinary! I like the interaction encouraged by the story with the text bringing attention to the picture details.”
—Pat Heeter, early childhood educator, Mecosta Osceola Career Center, Michigan
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