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Japanese Lantern Building

IMG_7962Japanese Lantern Building with Brian Elstein
2 Week Workshop – meets Sundays, June 22 & 29  from 1-4pm

At this unique workshop we will be creating authentic Japanese lanterns using the techniques developed to create the large illuminated floats of the Nebuta Festival. Nebuta is a summer festival celebrated in Aomori, the Northern most prefecture on Japan’s main island of Honshu, where huge intricate sculptural lanterns are paraded through the streets. Participants will have the opportunity to learn first hand, how Aomori’s master sculptors make these magnificent creations.
This workshop is led by Brian Elstein, an artist and art educator who apprenticed with the award winning Yachi Nakka Nebuta float building team during his four year tenure living and working in Japan. The workshop consists of two, three-hour sessions and is open to participants of 14 years and older. We hope to see you there!

BelmarArts members $85 – Nonmembers $100IMG_8084

Teens ages 14-19 can click here to apply for a scholarship for this course!

Nebuta in Aomori 2005 (40)Materials list:
– A painting smock or old shirt
– Needle Nose Pliers
– Wire Cutters
– Scissors
– Box Cutter
– All other materials will be provided.





Brian Elstein is an art educator and artist with knowledge and experience in a wide variety of media including Japanese lantern design, mixed media sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, and printmaking. Brian has gained a unique understanding of international cultural expression and art while living abroad in Demark and Japan. Since his two-year apprenticeship creating parade floats for the Nebuta festival in Aomori, Japan his artwork has focused mainly on Japanese inspired sculptural lantern design. Brian holds a Master of Arts in Teaching in Visual Arts Degree from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts has led several art workshops for children and adults in schools, universities and national art education conferences, and currently teaches art in Pre-K through 12th Grade in Wanamassa, NJ.


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