Paper Hat Workshop

Artists Aiko Cuneo and Lilli Lanier lead a 2008 Rooftop Family Art workshop making paper hats using lots of imagination, scrap paper, scissors, glue and tape. A hat parade ends the session. Most of the materials came from S.C.R.A.P. (Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Art Parts) in San Francisco. Visit

Folding an Origami Butterfly

Teaching Artist Lilli Lanier demonstrates how to fold an origami butterfly. Rooftop’s 6th grade students collaborated to make hundreds of yellow, gray, and black origami butterflies that were used to create a silhouette portrait of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.  6th graders learned about the characters of the opera — Cio-Cio-San, Pinkerton, Sharpless, Goro, Suzuki and Trouble — in advance of their invitation to attend the final dress rehearsal of San Francisco Opera’s 2010 production of the operatic classic.

Students learned about the Japanese art of Origami (from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”).

Origami is the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD and was popularized in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. .

Link to San Francisco Opera’s Education Program’s classroom materials for Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Link to Origami Club website, featuring lots of simple origami folds, unit folds and printable origami paper designs.

The Paper Rose Project

The Paper Rose Project promotes the 3Rs in a positive way through the creation of paper roses from newspaper.

Rose is a symbol of love
Symbolically, we see the rose as a way to show
our love of the earth and of other people.
— Tomoko Lipp

Tomoko Lipp’s 3R Art,  a 100% volunteer, not-for-profit organization, reminds us to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Shadow Puppets

2010 Family Art Workshop: Shadow Puppetry

Artists extraordinaire Aiko Cuneo, founder of the Rooftop Art Program, and Lilli Lanier led the Rooftop kindergarteners and their families in a shadow puppet workshop in conjunction with the 2010 art study “Art Is… Illumination.”  Families came together with art to play with light and shadow for a magical evening.

Rooftop’s 2010 Kindergarten Family Art Night was held on September 16th at Rooftop’s Burnett Campus.