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Virtual June Sumi-e Classes (Tuesdays)

June 6, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).

The Bamboo Path

As we take a contemplative journey along The Bamboo Path, you are invited to Practice the sumi-e vocabulary of strokes. Each class will begin with a meditation, followed by some lessons in technique for Trunks, Stems, Branches, Leaves and composing a painting using Paper from The Beginner Roll or The Advanced Paper Roll. All levels are welcome, plan to let go and have fun while learning a few new stroke techniques.

Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).

About this Event

The emphasis is on the process! The Class will review the foundations of Sumi-e.

  • Introduction to an appreciation of Chinese/Japanese calligraphy and painting
  • “Four Treasures” (The ink stick, the ink stone, brush and paper) , the equipment and supplies
  • Basic exercise on painting Bamboo Trunks, Branches, petals and the basic composition of a Bamboo painting
  • Each class begins with a Zen lesson followed by breath and hand exercises.
  • Demonstration of the “Vocabulary of strokes followed by step-by-step guided instruction on how to paint “The Four Nobles (Gentlemen): The Bamboo Path”
  • Int & Adv. will focus on Trunks, Branches, petals and composing paintings using Paper from The Advanced Paper Roll.
  • Advanced Students will be provided individualized guidance, work at their own pace discovering “idea” paintings and advanced techniques.
  • All levels are welcome, plan to let go and have fun while learning a few new stroke techniques.

If you need course materials a full sumi-e kit is available here.

Beginning Tutorial Lessons are on YouTube. Please subscribe to Larkin Green Studio YouTube Channel. New lessons will be added on a regular basis.

4 weeks for $120

Time: Tuesday 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST

Dates: June 6, 13, 20 & 27

A Zoom link to join the class will be provided upon registering in the Eventbrite confirmation email.

*Registration closes one hour prior to the class time.e.