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Learn About Japan's Kokeshi Dolls to Make Hand-Drawn Greeting Cards for Friends

Carrie Smith
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(91)
In this one-time class, your child will learn all there is to know about the ever-intriguing Kokeshi Dolls of Japan, then make a set of hand-drawn Kokeshi Doll greeting cards to gift to family and friends.

Class experience

My goal for this class is to introduce my students to an aspect of Japanese culture that they might not already know about. I have been fascinated with Kokeshi Dolls for a very long time and I have found that all of my past students have loved learning about them and creating art around this theme. More importantly, the end result of this class is a tangible item (hand-made greeting cards) that can be gifted to family and friends so that students can take pride in their work and spread kind words through their art.
1. Printed "Kokeshi Doll Project Sheets" (to be printed and ready to go prior to class). This can be found as an attachment in the Classroom.
2. 3 8.5 X 11-inch pieces of white card stock, or any other sturdy paper (this will be used for printing your template and for our greeting cards)
3. 1 piece of 8.5 X 11-inch watercolor paper
4. 1 Black FINE POINT (not ULTRA FINE POINT) Sharpie or any other comparable red marker with same point size
5. 1 Red FINE POINT (not ULTRA FINE POINT) Sharpie or any other comparable red marker with same point size
6. Scissors
7. Glue stick
8. Pencil with eraser
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The content of this one-hour class about Japanese Kokeshi Dolls is derived from straightforward facts about how Kokeshi Dolls are made (types of wood, lathe techniques, painting designs, shape and colors used, etc.) and differences between the 15 different types of Kokeshi Dolls produced in Japan throughout history (different head and body shapes, painting styles, facial features, and historical versus modern-day kokeshi doll characteristics). This class does not discuss aspects of Japanese culture unrelated to the making and style differences of Kokeshi Dolls, however, we do view photos from the region of Japan where Kokeshi dolls are made, an Onsen (Japanese Hot Spring) where Kokeshi dolls have historically been sold, and a street vendor selling "Onsen eggs" (eggs boiled in hot springs water). All of these photos serve to enrich the student's learning about Kokeshi Dolls and in no way generate bias against one thing, person, or group of Japan. 

Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(91)
Hi! My name is Carrie and I have spent the last 10 years teaching world culture enrichment classes to children ages 9-15 in homeschools and public and charter schools. I am ULTRA passionate about world culture having traveled around the world... 
Group Class


per class
Meets once
60 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(7)
Completed by 25 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 9-12
3-8 learners per class

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