Japanese Sumi-e, also called Suibokuga, is a method of painting with just the medium of water and black Sumi ink. It originated in China and has been practiced across East Asia for thousands of years.

This workshop is inspired by Sumi-e as a meditative art form, where the subject matters are painted with minimum fluid brush strokes. You will become familiar with the unique qualities of drawing with ink, exploring the visual elements of tone, pattern and form. Practicing a range of mark making can develop your self-expression and compositional skills to create beautiful expressive ink on contrasting white paper.

Tutors: Junko O’Neill & Tony Spencer

Level: Beginners

Saturday 15 June: Learn how to paint Hydrangeas
Saturday 13 July: Learn how to paint a Hawk

The workshop provides a step-by-step approach to express a the subjects through the traditional art of Sumi ink. It will equip you with the knowledge in preparing your workspace, with brush, water and different shades of ink. You will be guided in how to hold the brush and apply various brush strokes that create tonal awareness through combined mark making. The art form can be relaxing and contemplative by nature. By the end of the class you will have created a piece of art to take home. Complete beginners welcome!

All the painting materials are provided.

What you need: Wear clothes you don’t mind making a mess in.

You will be able to purchase brushes from the tutors and will also be given the list of online suppliers of the materials.

Event: Saturday 15 June 10am-12:30pm and Saturday 13 July 10am-12:30pm
Tickets: £45 per session, including all materials


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