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Sumi-e (Japanese Ink Brush Painting) | English spoken

Saturday from 14:00-16:30h (new course start November 18)

Teacher
Yuka Kakō

For whom
Everybody welcome (for advanced participants and for beginners).

Content
Sumi-e means Japanese ink brush painting. The pictures drawn by Sumi (black ink) are generally called ‘Suiboku-ga’ or ‘Sumi-e’ in Japan. It is said that ‘Sumi-e is the most popular way of saying overseas. Sumi-e basically uses only black ink but sometimes uses a little bit of other pigments as well. Sumi-e with other pigments is called Bokusaiga in particular. By the way, Sumie uses various techniques of gradation, shading, bleeding, blur and so on. . Such techniques can be obtained through changing the amount of water added to the ink. At this time, you can learn many basic techniques of brush and lines through depicting things in the workshops.

In sumi-e is using space is as important or perhaps more important than the objects. It is so-called “the beauty of blank space”. In sumi-e, the white space or “emptiness” completes the painting. This point is one of the most different between Sumie and the western methods.  Sumie is an art deeply rooted in Zen, embodying many of the tenets of the Zen finding beauty in blank space.

Each course date has his own theme:
1. Nov 18: 'Shrimp'
2. Nov 25: 'Lotus'
3. Dec 2: 'Monkey'
4. Dec 16: 'Peony'

Teacher
Yuka Kakō:
-Education : Tsukuba University in grad school (Master course) in Japan
-Licence : registered teacher in International Sumi-E Association in Japan First-class registered architect in Japan
-Career : 2010 the incentive award in the international public exhibition of The International Sumi-e Association (display in The National Art Center, Tokyo) in Japan
2011 the display in the international public exhibition of ‘Encre et papierid; versite’s asiatiques’ (at Espace des Blancs-Manteaux de la Mairie du 4e arrondissement) in Paris
2011 the prize in the international public exhibition of Salon des Artistes Francais (display in Grand Palais national museum) in Paris
2015 the Semi-grand Prize in the international public exhibition of The International Sumi-e Association (display in The National Art Center, Tokyo) in Japan
2016 the Cyuugokubijutuhousya Prize in the international public exhibition of The International Sumi-e Association (display in The National Art Center, Tokyo) in Japan

 

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