Sumi Painting and Friendship-Bracelet Making

This experience will introduce students to traditional Japanese Sumi painting, and several different ways to make friendship bracelets. Beginning with meditation and breathwork, kids will learn how to paint their names and the word “friendship” in Japanese characters. They'll see how their own unique brushstrokes imbue the characters and writing of their names with their unique energies and personalities.

Switching creative mediums and gears, kids can choose which bracelet(s) styles they want to create, whether it will be a simple braids, chain links, spiral staircase, or ladder stitch. Or many in one! Once they've finished, they'll get to make a wish into their handmade bracelet. By tradition, if a bracelet is worn until it falls off naturally, the wearer is entitled to a wish-come-true for having honored the hard work and love that went into the bracelet.

An experience rooted in tradition and creativity, this one is sure to bring out your child's spirit as they flow ✨

Best suited for children 8+

About Chigusa

Artist and Jeweler

Chigusa loves working with kids, has worked as a children's art teacher for 5 years, and has many passions to share! Among them are jewelry-making, key-chain-making, Sumi Calligraphy, painting, gardening, Japanese language and culture, making sushi, and learning about animals and the outdoors.

Teacher Chigusa is also a talented athlete, particularly in swimming which she's coached for many years. As a student, she was also a member of the competitive basketball and Kendo (Japanese martial arts) teams.

Chigusa is vaccinated against COVID-19.

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What Parents Are Saying

We LOVED everything about Grasshopper! The customer service experience was exceptional! I felt like so much intentionality was taken to ensure that the activity would be both age appropriate and fun for my kids. Our experience leader was so easy going and chatted with the kids during the experience, and really took the time to engage and get to know them. We are definitely going to be using Grasshopper again! Thank you!

Grasshopper offered my daughter an opportunity to learn in a vibrant, fun setting that was continuously customized for her attention span and interests. Her Grasshopper teacher was fun, engaging and supremely personable. She took the time to get to know my daughter before diving into anything. I felt more than comfortable leaving my daughter in such capable hands…and love that she truly learned some new things from the experience. We will be using Grasshopper regularly to broaden her horizons and expose her to new concepts in a safe and compelling way. The icing on the cake is that the experience took place in our home, at a time that was convenient for us!

Our Grasshopper experience was amazing! I have four very curious kids at different ages with different interests, and the experience had all four of them engaged the whole time. Also, as an educator, I was very impressed with how the teacher led the program. She obviously knew what she was doing, and the minute she left, my kids were asking for another experience.

"Is there anything we can do to improve your experience?" Nothing we can think of thus far! Grasshopper Kids has been a great experience. The support is amazing and always promptly responds to any questions I have.
Shelby G, Assistant Head of School
Chigusa was amazing and the kids loved the experience! I'll definitely be booking again!
Nataly L
I love what the kids made in their experience with Chigusa! She was lovely, and the terrariums and sun catcher are now proudly on display in our home. Kids had a great time.
Cat G
this was a wonderful experience — easy to book — great communication .. flawless
Flora S