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Japanese Art Adventures - Hello Summer!
December 04, 2018

Hello Summer!

Japan is a country with four distinct seasons and while it is warming up over here in Australia, it is cooling down over there and the first of the winter snows will be falling very soon.

As for Japanese Art Adventures, it is “hotting up” for us too with workshops in geisha flowers, children’s manga, sashiko and even Japanese language tutoring!

Let’s dive in and see what’s happening!

Children’s Holiday Workshops

The kids program was advertised in the Holiday Happenings booklet just last week. We will hold workshops in beginner’s manga drawing, Japanese calligraphy, origami jewellery making and a whole week of “Boro Sashiko Stitch Camp” for those who just love to jazz up and decorate old items into new again!

Check the Children's Holiday Workshops page for further details!

Japanese Art Adventures at CIT Solutions!

Japanese Art Adventures has teamed up with CIT Solutions to deliver two Kanzashi Flowers workshops (15 January & 23 March) and a Sashiko Embroidery workshop (16 February). Check them out at the link below!

CIT Solutions Kanzashi and Sashiko information page

Pink Sakura Kanzashi Hairclip

Japanese Art Adventures Studio Workshops

Boro Sashiko! Anyone keen to try a Boro Sashiko Stitch Workshop?!

Learn the basic stitches in sashiko and apply them to mending old clothing, or up-cycling bags, jeans, jackets, wall hangings and for adding a funky touch to personalise your own stitch crafts! A really good resource for this technique is called, Make and Mend: Sashiko-Inspired Embroidery Projects to Customize and Repair Textiles and Decorate Your Home

Kanzashi Flowers and Sashiko Embroidery have both been very popular this year and soon I will be opening up more classes that will start in February and run throughout Term 1, 2019. Stay tuned!

Introduction to Sumi-e Ink Painting At this stage, there has been small interest in the Introduction to Sumi-e Ink Painting workshop being floated for January. I am still keen to run such a class but it may have to be through the CIT Solutions so as to reach a wider audience for advertising purposes. As such, I will continue to leave the “expression of interest” form up on the website and keep you updated as to when and where a class might be able to happen. If you know someone who would like to try Sumi-e ink painting, please let them know about us!

For all the details, check out the Art Workshops page.

Does your high school student need Japanese Language tutoring?

If you live on the northern side of Canberra you might consider encouraging your child to come to our term based after school tutoring sessions at the Macgregor studio.

What’s different about these sessions?

Unlike traditional tutoring where the tutor comes to you for an hour or so, these 30-minute sessions are held at the JAA studio and conducted in Japanese as much as possible. Because they are 30 minutes long and held in a group, they are easier for students to maintain their focus and build their interaction skills with the other participants. Students benefit enormously from the interactive nature of these sessions compared with rote learning of grammar and vocabulary in the traditional classroom.

I am familiar with all the regular Japanese text books that are used in the ACT and NSW and am able to help with specific questions your student may have as well. The cost is $20 for 30 minutes and enrolments will open in January for Term 1, 2019.

(For parents dropping students off - there are several nice coffee shops at Kippax Fair where you can relax while you wait for them!)

Stay tuned for more information and feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone who may be interested!

Well, that’s it for now! Phew!

Adventure on!


Georgia Wemyss

Teacher and Artist

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