The residency had a monthly theme of China for January so I decided that we make an origami pagoda. Each participant made one tier in different size, and I stacked them together. It came out to be an 11 tier pagoda! This was a project that I had never offered before so I was not quite sure if a tall paper building like this could stand on its own, but it did! Pretty cool!
Before the class I had made a sign that says Happy New Year in Chinese, using red and gold, which are auspicious colors for Chinese. Everyone put her/his signature on it, and I displayed the pagoda and the sign together.
As for the origami pagoda model I used, I'm not sure where I got it originally, but I've seen it all over origami books so perhaps it is densho. It might even be Chinese densho. Here is one instruction I found online.