Japanese Sumi-e painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. It uses many of the same techniques as calligraphy and is deeply connected to the Japanese Zen traditions.
During the course you will explore basic techniques and learn how to paint traditional 4 gentlemen of the style (bamboo, cherry blossom, chrysanthemum and orchid), You will practice the gesture and control of the brush as a part of the artistic method and learn how to paint what you see in its simplest form, recognise the nature of the subject and translate it into a Sumi-e.
You'll also explore how to introduce more colours (watercolour and gouache) in your work.
No painting experience is required but if you have previously attend the course, you are welcome to join again and explore the style even more.
All materials will be provided.
About the tutor
Fashion design major, Kasia fell in love with Japanese Sumi-e art and calligraphy while working as a dressmaker and designer for 13 years in Japan.
Kasia moved to Northern Ireland in 2011 and currently teaches art: including Sumi-e - crafts and cultural workshops at various venues, including The Crescent. She is also a professional Ballroom, Latin and folk dancer and tutor, multiple winner of professional competitions in Japan and Poland and takes a part in many arts and dance projects across the country.
Kasia's ongoing love of all things Japanese is reflected in her artwork.