Learn the simple and serene world of painting Sumi-e (painting with ink). This class is for anyone and covers the basic skills of Japanese brush painting for beginners, as well as more advanced techniques for experienced learners. The class focuses on Sumi-e to paint images, such as Bamboo, flowers, fish and Japanese landscape from beautiful photos. Learn the historical and cultural background of Sumi-e. The lecture will be minimal with focus on plenty of hands-on studio time. Learn how to balance Yin and Yang, using the contrast of ink to create the desired results.
A $15 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor to cover cost of sumi ink and use of Japanese brushes for session. Instructor will provide a variety of Japanese papers to try in the first class.
This 2000-year-old art form is practiced by Zen Masters who adhere to the practice of meditation in preparation for painting. Noriko will start the class with a Zen meditation and serve tea in preparation for Zen Brush techniques. Zen calligraphy differs from other calligraphic disciplines as it is focused on the realization of "no-mind." Furthermore, it is the expression of Zen through a brush, whether the result is a single stroke, a Zen circle, or an ink painting. Enso is a Japanese word meaning “circle” and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Enso is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy even though it is a symbol and not a character. In Zen Buddhist painting, enso symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body and spirit create.
There is a $15 materials fee paid directly to the instructor.
The classic letter style from the Medieval era is just perfect for your projects. Learn a bit of the fascinating history of calligraphy while writing with broad-edged pen & ink like the ancient Celtic scribes. Uncial script is a beautiful, legible and versatile style for contemporary use from poetry to elegant envelopes.
The classic shapes of Roman letters and the longevity of Imperial Rome are alive today in our many Roman type fonts. These letters are timeless, stately and beautiful when drawn with pencil. We’ll work on various papers and surfaces.
This workshop is part 1 of a 3-part series, and each workshop has its own simple set of writing tools, so check the separate supply lists for what to bring. Students will get the most lasting benefit by signing up for all three workshops.
Part 1. Pencil Roman Caps
Part 2. Broad Pen Roman Caps
Part 3. Brush-made Roman Caps
In this workshop students will learn Foundational Style, a 20th century Roman manuscript hand, modernized and adaptable to smaller sizes. This style can be used for presentations, document lettering, broadsides, poems, formal envelope addressing, handwritten books & much more. This is a great starting point for students new to calligraphy. This workshop meets once a week for three weeks.