K-12 Arts & Culture Workshops

Arts and Culture Workshops introduce and connect students to the dynamic historic and contemporary culture of Japan through engaging workshops led by experienced teaching artists.

Sumi Ink Painting and Calligraphy

Students will learn about the ancient tradition of Japanese ink painting and calligraphy. Learn to create their own paintings and try out Japanese writing, guided by a professional sumi-e artist!

Manga Workshop

Experience one of Japan’s most popular and contemporary art styles with this manga workshop! Students will be guided through a step-by-step demonstration of an iconic manga character with the help of a professional manga artist.

Kamishibai Storytelling

A professional Japanese storyteller brings the beloved tradition of Japanese kamishibai storytelling (Paper Theater) alive for K-5 students. After watching a live kamishibai storytelling of one of Japan’s most popular folktales, students will be engaged with an activity inspired by the story.

Woodblock Printing

Explore woodblock prints through Japan Society’s collection, including works by modern artist Shiko Munakata and 19th Century ukiyo-e prints. Learn about its history, watch a demonstration of the polychrome printing process, and create your own unique prints with easy-to-use materials!

Registration & Pricing Information

Maximum group size at one time is 30 students for both Virtual and On-site workshops with a requirement of 2 chaperones for On-site workshops. In-person workshops last 70-90 minutes, with all materials provided. Virtual workshops last 45-60 minutes, with a list of suggested materials provided beforehand for your preparation.

We request each reservation to be made at least two weeks in advance of your desired date. A one-week notice for any cancellations or changes is required to avoid fees barring extreme weather or case-by-case emergencies.

For more details, please contact us at [email protected] or (212) 715-1254.

NYCDOE Title 1 Schools
Free (Virtual & On-Site)
NYCDOE Non-Title 1 Schools
$175 (Virtual) | $275 (On-Site)
NYC Private & Outside of NYC Schools
$275 (Virtual) | $375 (On-Site)

K-12 Arts & Culture Workshops are made possible by a generous grant from the 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 Shiseido Americas. Education Programs are generously supported by an anonymous donor; Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas); ORIX Corporation USA; 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; Hiroko Onoyama; and Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II.