Creative Arts

Creative Arts

Creative Arts classes focus on traditional Japanese arts and are taught by qualified instructors.

Class sizes are limited and registration is required unless otherwise stated.  Payment must accompany registration.

Refunds for classes registered through Anderson Japanese Gardens will be issued if participant cancels at least five days prior to class date.

Anderson Japanese Gardens reserves the right to cancel events in which case, a refund will be issued.

Dancing in the Garden

Wednesdays: May 30 | June 27 | July 25 | August 29 | September 26 | October 31, 2018
7:30PM – 10:30PM

$5 per class, includes a dance lesson

Dancing in the Gardens is a fusion dance event held outdoors in the Pavilion on the last Wednesday of the month, May through October, from 7:30-10:30PM.  Fusion dancing is a blend of different dance styles and music varieties – all levels of dance experience are welcome, no registration necessary. This is a non-alcoholic event. Please park in the east overflow parking lot and dress for the outdoors.

Etegami Workshop – Japanese Picture Letters

Monday: August 6, 2018
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

$100 per Workshop  |  $25 Supply Kit

Etegami is a Japanese folk art consisting of brush painted picture greetings which include calligraphy and a variety of subjects from nature.  The cards can be sent to family members or friends or traded with other Etegami students.  Subjects from nature such as fish, birds, bamboo, flowers and landscape will be demonstrated by National Watercolor Society Signature Instructor, Stella Dobbins.  Access to the Gardens prior to the class is included in the class fee. One-half hour lunch is on your own.  A Supply Kit ($25) is available by advance reservation with the Instructor.

Japanese Language Tutoring

Class Fee $30

Times are scheduled directly with the Instructor


Private sessions teach Japanese culture through reading, writing and speaking the language.  Students will learn greetings, numbers, time, simple sentences and noun/verb usage.  Instructor Keiko Hall is a native of Tokyo and teaches reading and writing of the three Japanese writing forms: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.  All levels are available from beginning to advanced.  Preparation for the Japanese proficiency test is available for advanced students.


Please contact for more information.

Sumi-E Brushpainting

Wednesdays: June 6 – August 29, 2018

(No Class Wednesday, July 4)

Youth Class: 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Adult Class: 5:30PM – 7:30PM

$20 per Class  |  $25 Supply Kit (purchased through the instructor)


Sumi-e, the Japanese word for black ink painting, focuses on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush as it captures the essence of nature.  Participants will use the beauty of the Gardens to inspire their art works as National Watercolor Society Signature Instructor, Stella Dobbins, demonstrates a new painting from nature each week.  Subjects will include flowers, fish, birds and landscape plants.  Ms. Dobbins will also demonstrate calligraphy and different water color techniques.  Access to the Gardens prior to class is included in the class fee.  Classes are held outdoors under the Anderson Japanese Gardens Pavilion.

Japanese Calligraphy

Saturdays: July 21 | September 15 | October 13, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

$10 Premium Members per Class | $12 Non-Members per Class


Japanese calligraphy is the art of stylized, or elegant, handwriting or lettering. Participants will learn through hands-on instruction and go over tips for writing with instructor Sachiyo Koester.  Space is limited and registration is required.

Ikebana – Japanese Flower Arranging

Thursdays: July 26 | August 9 | September 13, 2018
10:30AM – 3:00PM

$60 per Class


Learn the practice of Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging. Classes are taught by regional Masters in the art of Ikebana.  Students need to bring a 3″ kenzan (available in Anderson Japanese Gardens’ gift shop), a long baking dish and scissors.  Price includes flowers used for Ikebana display. Participants will bring home their arrangements at the end of class.