Kite Making Workshops

Workshop Instructor
Length of Workshop
Number of Students
Space Requirements
Types of Workshops
Skill Levels
Fees
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Workshop Instructor – Greg Kono

I have been teaching kite making workshops and collaborating with the Drachen Foundation since 2002. I am based in Seattle, Washington and have conducted workshops locally, nationally and internationally with K-12 students, community groups (youth and adults), university students, artists and educators. Visit my profile page to view a list of some of my workshops.

Length of Workshop

Length of Workshop: A typical workshop lasts 1.5 to 2 hours. Times vary depending on subject matter and opportunities for flying. In K-12 settings, some workshops can fit into a school period (45-50 minutes) if students decorate their kite sails in advance. E-mail greg@konodesign.com with any questions.

Sample Schedule:

Introduction/Overview to Kite Making    .25 hour
Art Decoration   .25 - .5 hour
Construction Time    .75 - 1 hour
Flying Time/Tuning (site and weather permitting) .25 hour
Total   1.5 - 2 hours

Number of Students

For in-school, after-school or community workshops I can instruct up to 30 students per session. Note: In K-12 settings, or in community workshops for children up to age 14, the organizer must provide an adult volunteer for every 6 students.

Workshop Space Requirements

6 square feet (2’ x 3’) of workspace per student is generally enough room for building most kites offered. Some kites require glue, a work surface suitable for gluing and a sink for clean-up are required for those kites.  

Types of Workshops

Check out the Drachen Foundation kites in the classroom webpage for K-12 lessons to match specific kite making projects.

Art/General Kite Making

Kite

Name

Description

Size

Skill

Cost

Box Kite

Made of bond paper, matchstick bamboo and latex rubber tubing at joints

11" x 11" x 17"

2-3

$2.00

Coffee Filter Kite

Made of coffee filter and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Dihedral Diamond

Classic Eddy shape kite made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo, using a bent paperclip to create the dihedral

17" x 17"

1-2

$1.00

Grocery Bag Box Kite

Made of recycled grocery bag, matchstick bamboo and latex rubber tubing at joints

11" x 11" x 17"

2-3

$1.50

Sled

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Trépanier Trapezoid

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo. An excellent kite to join together and form a kite train.

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Animal Kites

Kite

Name

Description

Size

Skill

Cost

Brasington
Bird

A Robert Brasington design made of Tyvek and bamboo

16" x 33"

2

$5.00

Beetle

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Butterfly

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Cambodian
Catfish

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Cambodian
Cobra

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Flying
Squirrel

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Salmon

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo. Great for creating a school of fish in the sky.

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Korean Bird

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Trépanier
Bug

A Robert Trépanier design, made of Tyvek and wood dowels

24” x 24”

1

$5.00

Sea Creature Kites

Kite

Name

Description

Size

Skill

Cost

Dolphin

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 33”

1

$1.00

Humpback Whale

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 33”

1

$1.00

Jellyfish

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

17” x 22”

1

$1.00

Killer Whale

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 33”

1

$1.00

Manta Ray

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

20” x 49”

1

$1.00

Octopus

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 32”

1

$1.00

Salmon

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Squid

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 48”

1

$1.00

Yoshizumi Fish

Created by master kite-maker of Japan, Nobuhiko Yoshizumi. Made with washi (handmade Japanese paper) and bamboo.

14" x 14"

1-2

$5.00

Cultural Kites

Kite

Name

Description

Size

Skill

Cost

Cambodia
Cambodian
Cobra

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Cambodian
Catfish

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Kleng Bao (Pocket Kite)

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

2

$3.50

Kleng Ek

Made of washi paper and bamboo

18” x 24”

4

$10.00

China
Dragon Centipede

Head made of cardboard, body made of matchstick bamboo and Styrofoam plates.

11" x 11" x 100'

4

$20.00

Guatemala

Barrilete

Created by kite-makers in Sumpango, Guatemala and used for the Day of the Dead Festival. Made with tissue paper and wood dowels.

14" x 14"

2-3

$5.50

India

Indian Fighter

An Indian style fighter by Bruce Lambert, made with a mixture of modern materials (plastic and fiberglass) and a traditional material (bamboo).

18" x 22"

3-4

$10.00

Korea

Korean Fighter

Traditional Korean style made with handmade paper and matchstick bamboo

13" x 18"

3

$6.00

Korean Bird

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Japan
Rokkaku

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Tsui Dako

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17”

1

$1.00

Toki Koma Dako

Created by master kite-maker of Japan, Mikio Toki. Made with washi (handmade Japanese paper) and bamboo.

23" x 23"

4

$6.00

Toki Kaku Dako

Created by master kite-maker of Japan, Mikio Toki. Made with washi (handmade Japanese paper) and bamboo.

12" x 17"

3

$5.00

Yoshizumi Fish

Created by master kite-maker of Japan, Nobuhiko Yoshizumi. Made with washi (handmade Japanese paper) and bamboo.

14" x 14"

1-2

$5.00

Group Project Kites

Kite

Name

Description

Size

Skill

Cost

Dragon Centipede

Head made of cardboard, body made of matchstick bamboo and Styrofoam plates.

11" x 11" x 80'

4

$40.00

Diamond Arch

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17” x 80'

1

$30.00

Serpentine Dragon

Made of Tyvek and bamboo

11" x 11" x 20'

2

$30.00

Tetrahedral

Made of bond paper, matchstick bamboo and latex rubber tubing at joints. Ideal for group project.

32" x 32" x 32"

3

$3.50 (per 4 cells)

Trépanier Trapezoid Train

Made of bond paper and matchstick bamboo

11” x 17” x 100'

1

$10.00 (per 10 kites)

Math/Science

Kite

Name

Description

Size

Skill

Cost

Tetrahedral

Made of bond paper, matchstick bamboo and latex rubber tubing at joints. Ideal for group project.

32" x 32" x 32"

3

$3.50 (per 4 cells)

Box Kite

Made of bond paper, matchstick bamboo and latex rubber tubing at joints.

11" x 11" x 17"

3

$2.00

Literature

Kite

Name

Description

Size

Skill

Cost

"Kite Rider"

Made with handmade paper and matchstick bamboo. A companion project for the book Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean.

17" x 17"

2-3

$6.00

Korean Fighter

Made with handmade paper and matchstick bamboo. A companion project for the book The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park.

13" x 18"

3

$6.00

Skill Levels

1 - Easiest: some basic cutting and taping, with simple knots
2 - Easier: may involve gluing rather than taping; more accurate construction required
3 - Easy: gluing rather than taping; may inolve more knots and/or multi-point bridle
4 - Intermediate: gluing; multi-point bridle

Workshop Fees

Instructor Fee:
A Sessions are $75 per 45 minute session
B Sessions are $150 per 1-1/2 hour session
C Sessions are $200 per 2 hour session
Note: In K-12 settings, or in community workshops for children up to age 14, the organizer must provide an adult volunteer for every 6 students. The maximum is 30 students per session.
E-mail greg@konodesign.com for information

Kite Kits: Kits are available at the Drachen Foundation Online Store (please call 206-282-4349 for any kits not yet listed), and can be purchased in advance to allow students more time to decorate their kites prior to the workshop. Kites priced at $1.00 are available only in packs of ten for $10.00 Other kites can be purchased individually or in packs of ten at considerable savings.
Multi-Session Discount: Schools/Organizations which book 4 or more sessions a day will receive a discount code to receive a 15% discount from the Drachen Foundation on any of the $10/10 pack kite kits. Please mention discount code when ordering.

Material/Travel Cost: Fee varies according to location of event and necessary materials.

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E-mail greg@konodesign.com for information and availability.


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