Manga for Teens – Let’s Get Kawaii!

Thursdays, July 11—August 1

Style Spotlight – Let’s Get Kawaii!
Thursdays, July 11—August 1, 5:30-6:30 PM ET

This course will explore various kawaii—or cute—styles of Japanese manga characters. We will learn to draw chibi (little) characters, yurukyara (Japanese mascots) and what makes each character unique and popular. Participants will combine it all into an original character creation. Add an interesting new tool to your artistic toolbox by trying one of Japan’s iconic styles with this 4-session course!

About Manga for Teens: Our Teen Manga Workshops offer budding artists the chance to explore the rich world of Japan’s most popular cultural export in a group of like-minded peers and with guidance from professional artists. Students will get to draw characters from their favorite series and try a variety of popular styles, all while developing the fundamentals necessary to create their own original characters and manga with their own unique artistic voices.

Both complete beginners and experienced artists are welcome to enroll.

Also Available:
Manga 101 – Character Basics


$120/$100 Japan Society members. Open to middle and high school students. Space is limited; advanced registration required.


Registration is accepted online (preferred) or by phone at (212) 715-1206.

To register at the member price, the membership must be under the student’s name (Student Membership), or the student should be part of a Family MembershipTo purchase or renew a membership, please visit the Membership page and pay online. Or, call 212-715-1270 and leave a message; they will get back to you.

Please register by Wednesday, July 3, if possible. Seats may not be available after this date; please check the website for registration availability or contact the office.

Registrants will receive a Welcome Email and Microsoft Teams link from [email protected] on the afternoon of Friday, July 5, 2024.

For more information, please email us at [email protected], or call (212) 715-1206.

Additional Information

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are accepted until 12 pm ET on the business day before the course begins. After this deadline, cancellations are not accepted and tuition is not refundable for any reason. Upon cancellation, the tuition paid minus a $20 service charge will be refunded. Cancellations are only accepted via phone.

Japan Society also reserves the right to cancel any course or workshop if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such cases, students already enrolled will receive full refunds (no service charge).

By registering for a course, you accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy.

We do not record these classes, and recording of these classes is prohibited.

These courses will be conducted online via Microsoft TeamsTo participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). Further instructions will be provided before each course begins. Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET).


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About the Instructor

Richard Ford III
Richard Ford III is a professional artist based in NYC. Inspired by Japanese anime, manga, and street art, Richard works with various mediums, from digital illustration to traditional paintings, as well as murals. Richard is excited to share his knowledge and techniques with young artists! Richard received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from Columbia College Chicago.

Japan Society School Partnerships are made possible by a generous grant from MetLife Foundation and supported by the United States-Japan Foundation and MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Education and Family Programs are generously supported by an anonymous donor; ORIX Corporation USA; Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas); public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Masako Mera and Koichi Mera, PhD Fund for Education and the Arts; The Norinchukin Foundation; and Friends of Education and Family Programs.

  • July 11, 2024 – August 1, 2024
  • Online
  • Registration
  • $120 Nonmembers
  • $100 Members

There is an additional $1.00 service charge for all non-member ticket types purchased.