Japanese Ink Painting (Sumi-e)
What is Sumi-e? All levels of experience are welcome, and all materials will be provided. “If we study Japanese art, we see a man who is undoubtedly wise, philosophic and intelligent, who spends his time doing what? … He studies a single blade of grass.” -Vincent van Gogh Sumi-e, also called Suiboku-ga, is the art of ink wash-painting. Characteristically, it is an East Asian art, and has been practiced there for well over a thousand years. Sumi-e depicts the spirit or essence of an object or scene rather than its outward appearance — and does so in the fewest possible strokes. Because of this simplicity, the painter’s character and personality come through in his/her work. In both viewing and creating, Sumi-e is a very contemplative form of painting. All students will start from the basics of ink-wash painting, such as how to hold a brush. All materials such as ink, brushes, calligraphy paper, etc. will be provided for the students.
The place where people who are conversant with, dedicated to, and influenced by Japanese arts can gather, create innovative arts through the collaborative process and disseminate them to the world.
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