Workshops

Updated Health & Safety Guidelines

COVID: Due to the ongoing public health threat of COVID-19, programs are subject to change and/or cancellation.  By participating, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  A signed waiver form will be required to participate in classes and workshops.  View or print waiver form here.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be issued to registrants.

Morikami hosts 1 and 2-day workshops on diverse cultural arts and languages taught by local and guest instructors. Regular workshops run at least an hour and a half and include museum admission in the price. Mini workshops are one hour and do not include museum admission at a reduced price. Registration for classes or workshops closes by 4:00 pm the day before the 1st class. For those happening on the weekend, they close the Friday prior by 2:00 pm.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Please know that unless otherwise stated as “Youth” all classes and workshops are for adults and teenagers 15 years and older.  We will allow some younger youth on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact the Education Program Coordinator at (561) 233-1367 if you would like to enroll a younger youth in a program.

REGISTRATION: All programs are open for registration on August 1st of each year for the upcoming season. Each season runs from October through the summer of the next year.

Explore each workshop page or browse the full list.

Block Printing (Adult & Youth) Calligraphy Adult Calligraphy Youth Furoshiki Fabric Wrapping Gift Presentation Haiku Japanese Traditional Music Kokedama Moss Ball Koto Nihongo Language Intensive 1-3 Origami Youth  Ramen Spoon Carving Sado Tea Shibori Indigo Shibori Indigo Katazome Sumi-e Brush Making Sushi Taiko (Drumming) Youth Music Camp

 

Dyed fabric drying on a line
Workshop for Adults
Shibori Indigo Workshop
The use of indigo dye, or aizome, has a long and cherished history in Japan. The deep blue colors for which Japanese textiles are celebrated come from the leaves of the tade ai, a plant introduced to Japan from China in the sixth century. Shibori is a Japanese technique of manual resist dyeing used to make patterns on fabrics. Learn various shibori techniques and get a chance to make your own shibori creation.
10:00AM, Saturday, October 1, 2022
Oki Education Center
10:00AM, Saturday, November 5, 2022
Oki Education Center
10:00AM, Saturday, February 4, 2023
Oki Education Center
10:00AM, Saturday, April 15, 2023
Oki Education Center
Language Lessons (Level I - Part 1-3)
Nihongo: Japanese Intensive Workshop I
The Nihongo: Japanese Intensive Workshops are a fast-paced introductory series consisting of three separate  3-day sessions. The full series can be taken as an alternative to the entire Nihongo: Introduction to Japanese Level I Class series. Students who complete all three workshops will be ready for Nihongo: Introduction to Japanese Level II Class the following season.  This preliminary level introduces basic survival Japanese, grammar, and hiragana writing and reading. Topics include, but are not limited to, meeting people, shopping, and dining.
1:00PM, Saturday, October 22, 2022
Virtual
1:00PM, Saturday, January 7, 2023
Virtual
1:00PM, Saturday, February 25, 2023
Virtual
1:00PM, Saturday, July 1, 2023
Virtual
Sado: Tea Ceremony Workshop
Omotesenke School
This workshop teaches the basics of sadō – The Way of Tea – necessary to understand the aesthetics of sadō and to fully enjoy the tea ceremony itself. Participants become familiar with how to participate as a guest, how to make a bowl of tea, and serve it.
1:00PM, Saturday, November 5, 2022
Tea House
1:00PM, Saturday, January 7, 2023
Tea House
1:00PM, Saturday, March 4, 2023
Tea House
1:00PM, Saturday, June 10, 2023
Tea House
1:00PM, Saturday, September 16, 2023
Tea House
The Way Of Taiko: The Heartbeat Of Japan
Traditional Drum Workshop
The workshop includes an introduction to the history of taiko. Participants are taught how to understand sounds and movements, i.e., how to connect nature and the meaning of body movement. They become familiar with the way of taiko and drumming techniques. Instruments are provided for you.
11:00AM, Sunday, November 13, 2022
Morikami Theater
11:00AM, Sunday, January 29, 2023
Morikami Theater
11:00AM, Sunday, April 23, 2023
Morikami Theater
Adult Workshop
The Art of Kokedama
Japanese art of growing plants in a moss-covered ball of soil.
Kokedama is the Japanese art of growing plants in a moss-covered ball of soil. It is wrapped with string and contains an ornamental plant growing inside. These beautiful and decorative plants bring an organic and natural touch to planting orchids, succulents, and other ornamental plants. Learn the mechanics of how to make kokedama, creating two regular size and one small one to decorate your home or to give away to a special person.
10:00AM, Saturday, December 3, 2022
Oki Education Center
Session 1: 10:00am – 12:30pm | Session 2: 2:00pm – 4:30pm (2 sessions offered)
9:30AM, Saturday, January 7, 2023
Oki Education Center
9:30AM, Saturday, March 4, 2023
Oki Education Center
10:00AM, Saturday, June 3, 2023
Oki Education Center
10:00AM, Saturday, July 22, 2023
Oki Education Center
Session 1: 10:00am – 12:30pm | Session 2: 2:00pm – 4:30pm (2 sessions offered)
10:00AM, Saturday, September 9, 2023
Oki Education Center
Assorted gift-wrapped items
The Art of Japanese Gift Presentation Workshop
Adult Workshop
Learn the customs and art of Japanese gift presentation in this hands-on workshop. Combining traditional with contemporary aesthetics, participants are introduced to the beauty of Japanese packaging and design, often times incorporating natural and unconventional materials. Learn to wrap with washi (Japanese traditional handmade paper), create uniquely designed boxes, and other techniques to give your gift an Asian-inspired elegance. Workshop tools and materials will be provided for the participants to use.
10:30AM, Saturday, December 10, 2022
Oki Education Center
Hand and Calligraphy paper
Adult Workshop
Japanese Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners
Learn brush strokes using sumi (charcoal) ink and a brush to write Japanese characters. After practicing on paper you will create a final calligraphy piece on shikishi board to take home. Just bring your curiosity!
11:30AM, Saturday, January 14, 2023
Oki Education Center
11:30AM, Saturday, April 1, 2023
Oki Education Center
Fabric Wrapped Box
The Art Of Japanese Fabric Wrapping
Furoshiki Workshop
People have used furoshiki, a square reusable wrapping cloth, since the 16th century in a variety of ways to wrap differently sized and shaped objects. Learn how to wrap a wine bottle, a watermelon, books, and how to make a tote bag from a furoshiki.
10:30AM, Saturday, February 11, 2023
Oki Education Center
Adult Workshop
Sumi-e Brush Making
The tradition of handmade soft brushes has been a unique tool used for calligraphy and sumi-e painting through many dynasties unit the present day. The origins of brush making can be traced back to five thousand years ago in China. The brush is one of the most inspiring tools and still has the power to peak our imaginations. Using any type of hair, palm tree fibers, bamboo, and driftwood, you can make your own brushes by learning simple construction techniques in this workshop. Students will make a basic size brush with bristles approximately 1”in length.
1:30PM, Thursday, February 16, 2023
Oki Education Center
Kaiju Block Print
Block Printing Workshop
Adult & Youth Workshops
Japan has a long, rich history of woodblock printing, called mokuhanga, dating back to the 11th century. The ukiyo-e genre of block prints flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries.  Morikami is offering a workshop with a modern twist on this ancient art form, where participants can carve and print with linoleum blocks to create unique and exciting imagery.
10:30AM, Saturday, March 25, 2023
Oki Education Center
10:30AM, Saturday, April 8, 2023
Oki Education Center
Hands Rolling Sushi
Adult Workshop
Basics Of Sushi Workshop
Sushi has entered the American palate as a cultural influence from Japan. But do you know what sushi is? Few know that sushi is not actually raw fish, but rice made with a bit of vinegar and sugar. Served with a variety of accompaniments, cooked or raw fish and vegetables, it can take many forms. Participants in this hands-on workshop, led by Mitsutoshi Sekita, sushi chef and owner from a Japanese restaurant in Plantation, Florida will learn cultural information about sushi, how to make sushi, and, of course, enjoy eating the sushi. Both classes teach you how to create the same sushi.
1:00PM, Sunday, March 26, 2023
Oki Education Center
Adult Workshop
The Joy of Carving - Chirirenge Ramen Spoon Edition
Chirirenge in Japanese is the name of the soup spoons from Asia and used as ramen spoons in Japan. Unlike the western spoon, it has a flat bottom and is deep to hold more soup. The handle is curved upwards and the shape mimics a fallen petal of the lotus flower called renge in Japanese. The word chiri means “to fall off.”
10:00AM, Saturday, April 22, 2023
Oki Education Center
Guest Artist Youth & Adult Workshops
Japanese Traditional Music Workshops: Koto with Joseph Amato
Sponsored by Batchelor Foundation and Residence Inn Boca Raton by Marriott
There will be two opportunities for adults to take the Japanese traditional music workshops at the Morikami Museum with our professional musician from Japan. Instruments and sheet music will be provided for use in the workshops.
9:00AM, Saturday, June 24, 2023
Morikami Theater
Grade 3rd – 12th
Calligraphy Youth Workshop
Learn how to write your name and some Japanese words with ink and brush, two traditional calligraphy writing implements in this hands-on workshop.
11:30AM, Saturday, July 15, 2023
Oki Education Center
Educational Programming
Registration Opens for the NEW Season Today
All programs open for Registration and Ticket purchase(s).
The season runs from October of the present year through the summer of the following year. The season is available for registration and ticket purchases on August 1st every year.
10:00AM, Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:00AM, Thursday, August 1, 2024
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:00AM, Friday, August 1, 2025
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Traditional Japanese Instrument
Koto Workshop
Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th centuries. Learn the fascinating history of this exquisite instrument and how to play it in this one-day introductory workshop. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the workshop. To further your studies on the koto, sign-up for our koto class series or summer guest artist workshops.
10:30AM, Saturday, September 16, 2023
Morikami Theater
Adult 2-Day Workshop
Shibori Indigo Katazome Workshop
Katazome is a Japanese resist process used for hundreds of years in Japanese textiles. Traditional artisans created a resist paste made from a rice flour mixture and applied it to cloth through the use of elaborately hand-carved stencils. Where ever this paste is applied will resist the dye, creating a pattern. Traditionally katazome is dyed with indigo to create the traditional white and blue of many Japanese textiles.
10:00AM, Saturday, September 23, 2023
Oki Education Center
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