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Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

January 20 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little **$5 - $10 suggested donation**Origami Class DescriptionFrom cranes to flowers to cute little boxes, origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that allows you to create anything your heart desires! Come join us for beginner classes on Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little **$5 - $10 suggested donation**Origami Class DescriptionFrom cranes to flowers to cute little boxes, origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that allows you to create anything your heart desires! Come join us for beginner classes on Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

January 30 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little **$5 - $10 suggested donation**Origami Class DescriptionFrom cranes to flowers to cute little boxes, origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that allows you to create anything your heart desires! Come join us for beginner classes on Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little**$5 - $10 suggested donation**Origami Class DescriptionFrom cranes to flowers to cute little boxes, origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that allows you to create anything your heart desires! Come join us for beginner classes on Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little**$5 - $10 suggested donation**Origami Class DescriptionFrom cranes to flowers to cute little boxes, origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that allows you to create anything your heart desires! Come join us for beginner classes on Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual February Needlefelting Workshop

February 6 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sculpt irresistible creatures from a handful of fluff! Learn how to sculpt using wool with a barbed felting needle to make 3-D figures.Description Needle felting does not involve wetting fibers; it is a free form craft.MaterialsNeedleFoamWool fibersBasic Techniques:NeedlingRollingFlat shapesScultpingFinishing**All materials are included. Each student will receive a re-usable kit. Please register by June 11th to ensure the kit reaches you in time.Instructor Bio:Renée Blixt, MBA has studied crochet, knitting and embroidery from an early age. She is a member of…

Virtual February Sumi-e Classes

February 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).About this EventThe overarching theme for the month of February will be "kokoro": heart, mind and spirit.All levels are welcome, plan to let go and have fun while learning a few new stroke techniques. If you need course materials a full sumi-e kit is available here.Beginning Tutorial Lessons are on YouTube. Please subscribe to Larkin Green Studio YouTube Channel. New lessons will…

Virtual Shodo Class for February

February 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A virtual Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) program with instruction from Hekiun Oda Sensei.The Japanese Culture Center is excited to hold a 書道 - Shodo / Japanese Calligraphy program with Chicago's own Shodo master, Hekiun Oda!In the Shodo program you learn the art of Japanese calligraphy from Hekiun Oda-sensei, a calligraphy master from the Japanese Calligraphy Association in Japan, aka “Genshin-kai”. Thanks to Oda-sensei’s rank as “Shihan” in the association, students in this program will be able to send their work to…

Virtual February Amigurumi Level I Class

February 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting and knitting small animals and cute designs!DescriptionJoin Blixt-sensei in this program to learn how to make your own creations.*Fundamentals of AmigurumiThis class is for beginners who have not crocheted before or for those who need a refresher.In this class we will learn:Tools and materialsJargonTechniques and skills: The foundation chain, Single crochet stitch, Slipknot, Slipstitch, Increasing, Decreasing and how to read various pattern formats.After this course you will be ready for the Amigurumi Course,…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little**$5 - $10 suggested donation**Origami Class DescriptionFrom cranes to flowers to cute little boxes, origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that allows you to create anything your heart desires! Come join us for beginner classes on Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

February 13 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little**$5 - $10 suggested donation**Origami Class DescriptionFrom cranes to flowers to cute little boxes, origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that allows you to create anything your heart desires! Come join us for beginner classes on Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual Conscious Breathing February

February 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a one-hour workshop on breathwork to release tension and stressWorkshop DescriptionBreath shapes consciousness. From nourishing the physical body to determining the pattern of thoughts and emotions, this vital life force controls many aspects of well-being. This one-hour workshop includes essential breathing exercises and light movement to become reacquainted with your unique breathing habits and release tension patterns in the body.Instructor InformationRachel Elizabeth Maley is an artist and teacher based outside of Chicago. A musician since a young…

Virtual February Haiku Class

February 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The JCC is pleased to host an Online Haiku Workshop taught by Sensei Seiyo, Buddhist lay minister and resident Haiku Master Event DescripEvent DescriptionThe upcoming 初鴬 hatsūguisu First Spring "Nightingale" haiku class will focus on bringing your "snapshots" alive - those moments that happen every day that go unnoticed due to the demands of life. Join us on this Path to awaken and return to the beginner's mind where everything is fresh, new, and possible.Each class in this 3-class series…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little**$5 - $10 suggested donation**Origami Class DescriptionFrom cranes to flowers to cute little boxes, origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that allows you to create anything your heart desires! Come join us for beginner classes on Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

February 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Learn Japanese in this six-week introductory session!Learn to read, write, and speak with fellow classmates in our Introduction to Japanese Language class!GENERAL INFO:‣ Price ⇰ $120.00 per student (textbook NOT included) ‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the class: Thursday Class Dates: 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included in the class price.…

Virtual Ecstatic Breathwork February

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a one-hour workshop on breathwork to release tension and stress Time: 6:45 PM - 7:45 PMWorkshop DescriptionBreathwork has been used for thousands of years to access the profound rest and stillness beyond ordinary states of consciousness. This powerful rhythmic breathing practice softens physical tension, opens the heart and lungs, tones the vagus nerve to reduce stress and anxiety, and assists with processing residual emotions in the body. This workshop includes a brief introduction to breath biology, a…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

February 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn Japanese in this six-week introductory session!Learn to read, write, and speak with fellow classmates in our Introduction to Japanese Language class!GENERAL INFO:‣ Price ⇰ $120.00 per student (textbook NOT included) ‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the class: Saturday Class Dates:  2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included in the class price.…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

February 20 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little**$5 - $10 suggested donation**Origami Class DescriptionFrom cranes to flowers to cute little boxes, origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that allows you to create anything your heart desires! Come join us for beginner classes on Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little**$5 - $10 suggested donation**Origami Class DescriptionFrom cranes to flowers to cute little boxes, origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that allows you to create anything your heart desires! Come join us for beginner classes on Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little**$5 - $10 suggested donation**Origami Class DescriptionFrom cranes to flowers to cute little boxes, origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that allows you to create anything your heart desires! Come join us for beginner classes on Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

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