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 2019: April 17 | May 29 | June 26 | July 31 | August 28 | September 25
7:30PM – 10:30PM

$8 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.

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 5 – August 28, 2019

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 2019: May 11 | June 15 | July 20 | September 28 | October 19
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

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.