Fall 2017 Workshops
* Note: A low-rise stool will be provided to a guest if necessary. Parking is free all day Saturday and Sunday.
Hosted in a tearoom designed by Shigeru Uchida as a part of the exhibition The Way of Tea in Asia, the Wang Center offers the chance to participate in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony. Keiko Kitazawa, a licensed instructor of the Omotesenke school of tea ceremony, will be leading the ceremony. We welcome all participants, especially those who have never experienced Japanese tea ceremony before. The ceremony will includes tea tasting and a discussion of the history and culture of tea in Japan as well as of the traditional Japanese aesthetics of wabi-sabi, which emphasizes the beauty found in asymmetry, simplicity, austerity, and modesty.
The Tea Ceremonies are presented in support of Globus Washitsu, NYC.
About the Instructor
Keiko Kitazawa is a licensed instructor of the Omotesenke school of tea ceremony. She is from Nara, Japan, where she started her tea lessons at 8 years old, and is a graduate of the Osaka University of Art. She lives and works in the New York area as an artist and tea instructor.
The Way of Tea in Asia
September 7–December 10, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery
Bring more Zen to your weekend with a yoga class presented in conjunction of the exhibition, OM Lab. This special yoga class is offered by Lorraine Walsh, the Art Director and Curator of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics as well as a certified yoga instructor. During the yoga session, participants will be introduced to the current exhibition, OM Lab, and encouraged to express themselves through recording their own chants of this ancient Sanskrit mantra "OM."
September 7–December 10, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery
Origami is a one-of-a-kind art form: it can be as simple as a fold, and as complex as sculpture. Thomas R. Crain will demonstrate the extraordinary power of contemporary origami when used in combination with math. He will instruct participants on how to create a set of baskets that look as though they were woven from strips of paper, but were in fact folded and tessellated into woven patterns.
About the Instructor
Originally trained as a scientist specializing in speech and hearing science, Dr. Thomas R. Crain has developed a second career as an origami artist. His work explores the confluence of origami, science, and engineering principles, whereby new materials are folded into origami and new origami folding methods are developed. His signature origami technique is called tessellation, a folding technique that produces a flat surface of folding geometric tiles.
kintsugi starter kit, gloves, and arm covers. Please bring to the workshop a glazed ceramic piece with a small chip or other defects. Wear long sleeves..
Learn the Japanese way of ceramics repair! Unlike Western-style repairs that seek to conceal any breakage or marring, the traditional Japanese technique of ceramic repair known as kintsugi emphasizes the signs of repair through the use of obvious yet elegant golden seams. Using urushi lacquer, this technique embraces the beauty in imperfection. Gen Saratani is the only traditionally trained urushi artist working in the United States, so this workshop offers a rare opportunity to learn this technique from a master. Beginners are welcome.
About the Instructor
Based in New York, Gen Saratani is a third-generation traditional Japanese lacquer master. He has conducted workshops and demonstrations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
- We use real Japanese lacquer (urushi) and pure gold in order to teach the authentic kintsugi method. In some cases, it is possible to develop a rash if the lacquer comes into direct contact with the skin. We provide gloves and guidance for properly handling the lacquer.
- If the lacquer gets on your clothes, it cannot be removed. The lacquer will not come out even if you wash or dry clean it. Wearing old or inexpensive clothing and long sleeves is strongly recommended.
- We are not responsible for any urushi rashes, dirty or ruined clothes, and any injury or accident during the workshop.
- We will store participants’ ceramics at the Wang Center for the duration of the class. We are not liable in case of theft, fire, or other emergency on the premises.
The unique art of Korean knot-making utilizes all sorts of braids and ornamental shapes to decorate dresses and accessories. There are around 38 types of Korean knot-making techniques, and the harmony and combinations of colors, braids, and patterns are what make the art still much beloved by people today. Master artist Karen Ahn will teach how to make the perfect handmade holiday gifts. Participants will leave with a special bracelet and necklace of their own design.
Spring 2017 Workshops
Chinese calligraphy is the traditional art of writing characters from the Chinese language using a brush and ink. It is the root of many other forms of Chinese cultural art, and works of calligraphy can be seen adorning the walls of shops, offices, and houses almost everywhere in China. The English word “calligraphy” literally means “beautiful writing,” and when you see good calligraphy, you can certainly appreciate the subtle aesthetics of line and stroke. The Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University offers a workshop that teaches participants how to create their own works of Chinese calligraphy.
Korean dress and costume accessories have evolved into different forms in modern periods. Prominent artisans of dress-making and jewelry will present modern applications of centuries-old traditions of Korean dress and offer a hands-on experience to the audience. The workshop is offered in conjunction with the conference Documenting Korean Costume: Primary Sources and New Interpretations.
The workshop is sponsored by the Academy of Korean Studies Grant.
Documenting Korean Costume: Primary Sources and New Interpretations
Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 11 AM–6 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I
For centuries, Koreans have believed that pillow decorations bestow protection and good fortune to the sleeper. Taught by artist Wonju Seo, whose work is permanently on view at the Wang Center’s Skylight Gallery, participants in this workshop will learn one of the traditional Korean patchwork patterns. This is two-day session.
The unique art of Korean knot-making utilizes all sorts of braids and ornamental shapes to decorate dresses and accessories. There are around 38 types of Korean knot-making techniques, and the harmony and combinations of colors, braids, and patterns are what makes the art still much beloved by people today. Master artist Karen Ahn will show how to make the perfect handmade gift for your mom or loved one. You will leave with a special pin and necklace of your own design.
Offered by the Confucius Institute, this workshop provides participants with insight into the history, culture, and folk traditions of paper cutting in China. Once participants have mastered the basic techniques, they will practice cutting paper into animals, flowers, and traditional Chinese patterns. Participants will be guided step by step to create their own artwork, and will be able to bring their work home or present them as gifts to family or friends.