Workshops

Updated Health & Safety Guidelines

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 language 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 in the reduced price. Registration for classes or workshops close by 4:00pm the day before the 1st class. For those happening on the weekend they close the Friday prior by 2:00pm.

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.

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 Calligraphy Adult Calligraphy Youth Furoshiki (Fabric Wrapping) Gift Presentation Haiku Japanese Traditional Music Kokedama 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

 

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 4, 2021
Oki Education Center
10:00AM, Saturday, February 26, 2022
Oki Education Center
10:00AM, Saturday, July 23, 2022
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 11, 2021
Oki Education Center
1:30PM, Saturday, December 11, 2021
Oki Education Center
Dyed fabric drying on a line
Adult Workshop
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, December 18, 2021
Oki Education Center
10:00AM, Saturday, January 8, 2022
Oki Education Center
10:00AM, Saturday, April 9, 2022
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, January 8, 2022
Virtual
Bamboo
Senryu: Haiku’s Cousin Workshop
In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of the Japanese literary form of senryu, the lighthearted cousin of the haiku. Consisting of three lines of approximately 17 syllables, the senryu is often called “the human haiku.” Unlike the haiku which focuses on the natural world, the senryu approaches humans and human emotions, the good and the bad, from a humorous perspective.
11:00AM, Thursday, January 13, 2022
Morikami Theater
Tea ceremony
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, January 15, 2022
Tea House
1:00PM, Saturday, March 5, 2022
Tea House
1:00PM, Saturday, June 11, 2022
Tea House
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!
11:30PM, Saturday, January 15, 2022
Oki Education Center
11:30PM, Saturday, April 23, 2022
Oki Education Center
Hands with sticks beating drums
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.
11:00PM, Sunday, January 30, 2022
Morikami Theater
11:00PM, Sunday, March 27, 2022
Morikami Theater
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 different sized and shaped objects. Learn how to wrap a wine bottle, a watermelon, books, and make a tote bag from a furoshiki.
1:30PM, Saturday, February 12, 2022
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.
10:00AM, Sunday, March 20, 2022
Oki Education Center
10:00PM, Sunday, April 24, 2022
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, March 26, 2022
Oki Education Center
This is a 2-day workshop - Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27, 2022
Children in Kimono playing Koto
Guest Artist Workshops
Youth Summer Music & Culture Camp
Campers will be immersed in Japanese culture participating in fun craft activities, Japanese cultural arts, and exciting music classes which include the 13-string koto (zither) and taiko drums, taught by professional musicians, Joseph Amato and members from the Fushu Daiko Taiko group. All materials and Instruments that campers need are provided for their use at camp.
9:00AM, Monday, June 20, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
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.
1:30AM, Saturday, June 25, 2022
Morikami Theater
9:00AM, Saturday, June 25, 2022
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 16, 2022
Oki Education Center
Educational Programming
Registration Opens for the NEW Season Today
All programs open for Registration and Ticket purchase(s).

Please go here, "Upcoming Events" to view all upcoming programming. For a specific program follow the links below: Class Workshop Cultural demonstration Lecture Film Special program The 2021-2022 season runs from October 2021 through the summer of 2022.  

10:00AM, Monday, August 1, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:00AM, Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Youth Origami Workshop
Grades 3rd – 12th
Make unique pieces of art with paper! Learn how to make origami by using various techniques and simple folds.
11:30AM, Saturday, August 6, 2022
Oki Education Center
Saturday, August 6, 2022
fingers on koto
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 17, 2022
Morikami Theater
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