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Youth & Teen
Asian Art Workshops

Let young minds bloom through creative activities inspired by the traditional arts of Japan, Bali, and India.


Shadow Puppet

Enjoy watching a short shadow puppet play based on a beloved Indonesian folktale. Make a shadow puppet and try it out with a screen and light. 

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Japanese Calligraphy

Learn about the Japanese writing system and write Japanese characters with a brush and ink.


Manga Drawing

Practice drawing popular Japanese manga characters and make a bookmark decorated with your drawing.

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Henna Designs

Learn about the symbolism of four basic henna designs and create a greeting card that features your unique henna design.



Create a collage art using beautifully printed Japanese paper torn with fingers. Sign your name in Japanese characters.

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Learn how mandalas have been used in Asian cultures and create mandala collage art with various geometric shapes.

Surapsari captivated my students and took them on a journey through the world of shadow puppetry. My class was very excited about meeting Surapsari and creating their puppets. The students willingly volunteered for the shadow puppet production jobs such as directors, musicians, media assistants, and puppeteers. They were well engaged with the entire process. I appreciate how the class flowed from one activity to the next. In the last session, the students put on an amazing show for a captivated audience."


- Joyce Williams. Hamilton-Disston School, Gulfport, FL

Past Class Venues
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Asian American Resource Center, Austin, TX
Sarasota County Library System, FL
Wake Forest Elementary School, NC
Alachua County Library District, FL
Commack Middle School, Commack, NY
Lamarque Elementary School, North Port, FL
Highland Park Elementary School, Austin, TX
Daniels Middle School, Raleigh, NC
Oak Park School, Sarasota, FL

Port Allen Community Center, Port Allen, LA
North Port Library, North Port, FL
and more

I wanted to thank you for presenting your fantastic program! Everyone really enjoyed it, and I had almost everyone come up to me afterwards to let me know how much they appreciated the library for bringing you in. I know they are looking forward to seeing more of your programs in the future."

- Becky Greer. SouthShore Regional Library, Ruskin, FL

I received many unsolicited and favorable comments from teachers – more than I’ve had from any other cultural arts event I’ve helped with. The workshops were very efficient and effective. The second grade teachers plan to tie in their unit on fables to this experience “

- Janet Alexander. Wiley Elementary School, Raleigh, NC

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