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The delicate designs of origami are on display at the Woodson Art Museum, 700 North 12th St, Wausau.
But for Roman Baca, the dimensional designs of paper aren't something to marvel at. They're something to emulate.
"I just thought it was really cool" Baca told Newsline 9.
The Wausau West High School sophomore has been perfecting his craft since the age of five. That's when he first started folding paper to mimic traditional origami creations. In the years since Baca first picked up a piece of paper, he has become a self-taught expert, willing to share his talents.
Baca recently taught with the Little Masters art program at the Woodson Art Museum. That's a class offered at various times of the year teaching children about the artwork on display in the museum, and then letting them try their hand at the artwork.
"I thought they were very fascinated with it. I saw the same spark I saw in me when I first did it" Baca said.
Origami is an ancient form of artwork using sheets of paper to construct objects. It is done through careful tearing and folding. Aides like scissors, glue and tape are not permitted.
Though picking up a new skill takes time, Baca says persistence pays off. The artist says his favorite creation was a white swan utilizing nearly 400 sheets of paper. The swan was made using a technique of origami called golden venture folding.
"It's less structured because you can take these pieces and pretty much make anything out of it" Baca said.
And it's that freedom and creativity Baca says he hopes to pass on to new generations of children through the use of origami.
"Hopefully I start them to get on the same path I did" Baca said.
The Woodson Art Museum offers Little Masters art programs throughout the year. The teaching portions of the program align with the subject matter of the exhibits on display at the museum.
According to the Woodson Art Museum, the next Little Masters program is offered in March:
Little Masters: Create Cranes
Tues., Mar. 19th, 4:30-6 p.m.
"Youngsters, ages 5-7, discover the story of Sadako Sasaki, learn how to make a paper crane-the worldwide origami symbol of peace - and create an origami mobile to take home. Registration required: 715-845-7010; email@example.com."
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