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IAP 2016 Activities by Sponsor - SpousesandPartners@mit

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

Kyoko Wada

Jan/24 Sun 02:00PM-03:00PM W20 20Chim (W20-306)

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required

Join us for a Japanese tea ceremony performed by Mrs. Kyoko Wada, who has been studying the Japanese Tea Ceremony for more than 30 years. She will share "the happiness of the tea ceremony" with you and invite you to take this opportunity to leave your worries and problems at the door. Be transported to Japan by the calligraphy, ceramics, flowers, lacquer, and incense. Experience the four elements of the "way of tea:" harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility. Imagine how they can bring harmony into our daily interactions. Take the first step of what can become a lifetime of study and meditation. No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below) Signup by: 23-Jan-2016  Contact: Kyoko Wada,

Sponsor(s): SpousesandPartners@mit
Contact: Kyoko Wada, W20 20Chim (W20-306), (617) 253-1614,

Quick Draw: A Crash Course for Absolute Beginners

Mauricio Cordero

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/04
Limited to 20 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Fee: $100.00 for instructor fee

Learn to draw, even if you can’t. By practicing the most effective drawing techniques and applying the latest in cognitive research, this course helps novice/absolute beginners to draw what they see (representational drawing) in approximately 8 hours of class time.  It provides a simple explanation of how the thought process interferes with the ability to draw, and then explains what “natural-born” talents do differently, thus guiding you towards adopting the same mindset. If you have the motor-skills to sign your name, then you have the ability to draw what you see. No magic elixirs or time travel required. Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Instructor website:


We will work exclusively with graphite on paper


$100 for 4 sessions or $30 per drop in session

Pay online before January 4th:

Please specify "Quick Draw" in the payment description and if paying for Drop-In Classes, specify the dates.

Materials Fee: $35 optional, or please bring ALL the materials to class.

Paper: minimum 50 sheets of  9” x 12” mixed media 98lb paper-Canson XL Pad recommended

Mechanical Pencils: 2mm lead holder with 4b Leads, .5mm pencil

Small Graphite Sticks: 3B, 6B, 9B

Extra Large Graphite Sticks: 3B, 6B, 9B

Sandpaper: Course and Fine 1 Sheet Each

Erasers: 1 Kneaded, 1 Vinyl, Erasing Shield

Blending Stumps/Tortillons: Small, Medium and Large

Brush: Synthetic Flat Shader Brush

Sponsor(s): SpousesandPartners@mit
Contact: Mauricio Cordero, 781-552-1310,