Richmond Art Center

Richmond Art Center

Sumi-e/Ink Brush Painting

10:00am - 12:00pm PST
Feb 4, 2021 - Mar 25, 2021
Ages 16 - 18+ yrs 
Fumiyo Yoshikawa
View dates and holidays (8 classes)
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Let's gain the freedom of brushstrokes that give excitement to artwork. Continuous practice of Oriental brush painting makes us aware of our world and allows us to capture the spirit of the subject. This class covers basic elements including calligraphy and discipline essential to the practice of Sumi-e. Lectures, demonstrations, individual help given at each class. Sumi-e is the unique form of Asian art that has produced some of the world’s finest masterpieces of ink painting. Originating in China and having its spiritual basis in Zen Buddhism, this form of expressing nature’s colors through shades of black ink with or without colors, has been popular in East Asia for many centuries and now practiced all over the world.

1. Introduction: History of Sumi-e, Use of Materials, Basic Strokes, Calligraphy
2. Bamboo
3. Cow
4. Wild Medical Plants 1
5. Wild Medical Plants 2
6. Line study form Classical Master’s Piece
7. A God from 7 Lucky Gods
8. Review and finishing your sumi-e for display

Materials List:
1. Paper for sumi-e and calligraphy /rice paper, gasenshi (Gasen paper), hosho paper, Xuan paper/newsprint can be a substitute
2. Some shikishi boards (about 10” x 9”) to complete some sumi-e
3. Porcelain flower palette (6 inch recommended) or 2 or 3 white plane porcelain plates (3 or 4 inch diameter)
4. Black or white felt (about 30” x 40”) to put under the paper/old blanket without much texture can be a substitute
5. Sumi-stick and suzuri (ink stone) and or sumi liquid ink (get a decent quality one)
6. Large size bamboo brush (about 2 inch hair and a half inch diameter/ Choryu brush is recommended) and more if possible, in different sizes. Menso brush is also useful for small detail
7. Paper weight (a rock can be used)
8. Two water bowls (one for cleaning the brush and one for clean water to dilute ink)
9. Kitchen paper towel
10. Gansai colors or watercolors 12 colors or more (not need for the first class)

Online shops for the materials:
Jerry’s Artarama
Awesome Arts Supply
Blick Art
Hirao Bunmeido
(Sumi-e and Calligraphy Supply Shop in Japan that takes PayPal and US credit cards. Although it takes 2 weeks normally, it may take more due to COVID-19.)


Experience Level: All Levels

Payment Options
Feb 4, 2021 - Mar 25, 2021
• Additional Options: Donation 1, Donation 2, Donation 3, Donation 4

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