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.

Etegami – Japanese Picture Letters

Mondays: June 26 or August 7
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 7 – August 30

(No Class Wednesday, July 5)
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

$20 per Class  |  $25 Supply Kit


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 animals.  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 will be held under the Anderson Japanese Gardens Pavilion. Supply kits are available for $25 by advance reservation with the Instructor.

Japanese Calligraphy

Saturdays: May 13, 20 & 27  |  June 3, 10, 17 & 24  |  July 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

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


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

Japanese Flower Arranging

Thursdays: June 8  |  July 13  |  August 10
10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

$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.