Arts & Education Classes

Katz Adult Continuing Education classes at JCC Indianapolis offer a chance for you to expand your mind, continue learning and make connections with others. We aim to offer a wide variety of classes for all interest levels. Keep checking here and on our Events page for class offerings.


New Techniques/New Projects

Wednesdays  | Oct 18, Nov 1-15, 29, Dec 6
Note that there will not be class Oct 25 or Nov 22

Session One  |  1-3 pm
Session Two  |  7-9 pm

$130 / $80 M 

Class description

Class description

This class will feature a variety of different techniques and lettering styles that will enhance what you already know. We will learn the Neuland Alphabet, Stretch Writing, Decorative Versals, Blind Embossing, Color Backgrounds, Greeting Cards or making a book.

There will be weekly homework assignments with the idea of creating a finished piece. Bring your broad edge nibs and holder, ink, paints (if you have them), pen or pencil, rag, water container and practice paper to the first class.

Japanese Sumi-e painting
with Artist AnnaLee Chalos-McAleese

Thu, Dec 7  |  6-9 pm

$37 / $25 M
Just $10 to include supplies

Register Now (include supplies) to order supplies through us, must register by Thu, Nov 30


Class description

Class description

Sumi-e the “action-painting” style of brushwork that often shows movement by way of delicate strokes of ink on paper. A moment is captured on paper when fish swim, leaves flutter and flowers nod while using a brush and ink on paper. The class will focus on techniques adapted by Japanese artists around 700 CE to accomplish simplicity in nature by reducing structure to basic calligraphic-like strokes.

Students will learn classic brush positions and strokes used to obtain seemingly effortless images of birds, flowers and other delightful images. Students will also make their own “chop mark” (red signature stamp) as an addendum to the artwork. It is quite likely you’ll go home with a piece worth framing and or greeting cards ready for correspondence.

Students need to bring the following materials to participate in the class or pay the supply fee ahead of time:

  • 1 oz. Black India Ink, waterproof
  • small plastic bowl ( soft spread butter tub)
  • #4 size bamboo brush
  • 20 sheets of newsprint 12”x18”
  • large folder or tablet to protect your artwork and help taking it home
  • a regular pencil

Wear something that won’t be hurt by black ink

All of the supplies are available at United Art Supply near Von Mar Department Store at Castleton Square 

Various paper, card stock, red ink and carving tools for chop mark will be furnished by the instructor.