Art Classes

Art classes, from high art to folk art, have always been among our most popular cultural offerings. Class size is limited. Class fees vary according to materials used.

Register for class on-line, or contact us for more options. For additional information please call 773-275-0097 ext. 226.


Experience the beautiful simplicity of ikebana, the art of flower arranging. Here you will learn the basics and be able to create your own stunning flower arrangements.  Fee includes flower material cost.  Students will need to their own needle point holder (aka, frog, kenzan), some are available for use during class, but students will need their own to enjoy their work at home.  Some will be available for purchase in class.  Here is an example of the appropriate kenzan for the rectangular Ohara School style.  Students will be able to use a vase in class, but to display work at home, a flat bottom vase is needed.6

Instructor Yuko Darcy (Ohara School of Ikebana Chicago Chapter)

Ikebana Day Class (Mondays)

Meets 1:00 to 2:00 pm
September 11, 25, October 9, 23, 2017

Ikebana Evening Class (Tuesdays)

Meets 6:00 to 7:00 pm
September 12, 26, October 10, 24, 2017

Cost for 4 class session (includes flower cost):
$120 (JASC Members)
$140 (Non Members)


jp101-origami1The Chicago Northside Origami Group meets at the JASC beginning January 2016.  Please bring paper for folding, and any models or books you would like to share.  There will be a nominal facility charge of $5.00 per folder, to be paid each time.

Meets every 4th Saturday of the month | 1:00 to 4:00 pm

All skills levels welcome.  Simple enough for a child, challenging enough for adults.  Learn this ancient art of folding paper into animals, flowers, boxes and beautiful Christmas ornaments.


Called one of the highest of all arts, shodo, or Japanese calligraphy is offered to beginners in a series of five workshops teaching history, technique and usage.


weepingplumExplore sumi-e, the art of Japanese ink painting. Beginners will learn to use traditional equipment and techniques used to paint classical nature subjects such as bamboo, chrysanthemums, and plums. Instructor: Mrs. Kay Thomas

Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Saturday, September 30, 2017 | 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Cost: $50 | JASC Members $40

Supplies for Sumi-e
1 Ink Stick and an Ink Stone or 1 Bottle Japanese Black Ink
1 Medium Japanese Brush
1 Medium Pad Rice Paper (Hosho) 9″x 12″

Sumi-e supplies can be purchased:
Online or call 1-800-827-8478
KF black ink 2oz–Catalogue #78130
Sumi-e Sketch Pad–Catalogue #17373

Ink and brush provided for first time students to use in class, but a pad of paper is needed, some supplies will be available for purchase in class.

Cost: $40 per workshop (JASC Members)
$50 per workshop (Non Members)
*Bring a new student with you, your workshop fee is 20% off! 


Sumi-nagashi means floating ink. This art form originated in 18th century Japan. Marble-like patterns are created by floating ink on water, and transferred to absorbent paper.  No two are ever alike. Finished pieces may be framed, used in paper craft projects or as cards or note paper for holiday use.

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