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Hideko Sinto

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Hideko Sinto

After studying fine arts in Brazil and the history of art in Japan, Hideko Sinto came to Québec in 1982. She decided to pursue her passion for Origami and to perfect her skills in this art. Among her professional activities, she participated in the Salon des métiers d'art de Montréal in 1987 and has decorated a Christmas tree at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts every year since 1993. Hideko Sinto has been teaching Origami since 1983. She also makes jewellery and various objects from existing models or based on her own design. The artist worked as an educator at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts during two exhibitions, namely Eternal Egypt (2005) and Once upon a time Walt Disney (2007). In 2006, during the Japan exhibit presented at Musée Pointe-à-Callière de Montréal, she hosted Origami and ancient Japanese pottery (Jōmon) workshops. Her Origami broaches were on display and offered for sale at the institution’s boutique. She also works as a guide at the Japanese Pavilion of the Montréal Botanical Garden where she offers Origami workshops to the general public during the summer season. In addition, Hideko Sinto coordinated and set up an Origami exhibition featuring her works and those of the members of the Origami-Montréal club at the Japanese Pavilion.

Photo: Work by students. Joseph-de-Sérigny School, Longueuil

Proposed approach and type of activities

As paper is a simple and easy-to-find material, it can be used to explore, create and make unique objects by means of the Japanese traditional art of paper folding: Origami. The artist chooses specific kinds of paper depending on the projects, but she generally uses Japanese paper made exclusively for Origami, or handcrafted paper.

A typical workshop will start with an overview of the Japanese language and culture. For example, the artist introduces the children to some Japanese letters. Since their mind is being exposed to a completely different language, they are curious to know more about Japanese culture. The artist then goes on to teach the actual models - traditional or modem - previously chosen according to the children's hand dexterity and comprehension skills. When choosing models to teach at a specific workshop, several factors are taken into account. The artist evaluates the beauty and the usefulness of the models, but also their complexity to ensure that the project is finalized by the end of the workshop. A completed project is crucial for keeping the children's curiosity alive. That way, they leave the class willing to learn new models. The artist also aims to convey the feelings of self-fulfillment and enjoyment that the students can experience when creating such original objects within a short period of time and with barely any material.

Examples of activities

  • Models related to Easter (rabbit, basket, hen, etc), Christmas (Santa Claus, Christmas tree, star, elf, etc.), Valentine's Day (heart, flowers, etc.), among others. Completed models can be a finalized project on their own, but they can also be used to make cards, maquettes or flower bouquets. The activity can be done individually or in groups, depending on the children's and the teacher's preference.
  • Models related to activities that are already in progress in the school. For example, "Endangered animals" (turtle, seal, elephant, etc.), "The frog and its environment" (a different kind of frog for every class), or "A window open on the world" (Japanese traditional models).
  • With kindergarten children, making of Origami simple flower bouquets for Mothers' Day.
  • With first- and second-year high school students, discussion on Japanese art history and presentation of traditional Origami models and modular Origami, which consists of assembling several units to form a single piece. The results are astonishing in that they look like modern art pieces.

Special conditions

 The workshop requires origami paper at the cost of $15/class.

For information

Hideko Sinto
Phone : 450 448-2530
Email :

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Kindergarten, Primary 1, Primary 2, Primary 3, Primary 4, Primary 5, Primary 6, Secondary 1, Secondary 2

Available in

In every regions

Other language(s)

French, Portuguese

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