Sumi-e (墨絵), also called suiboku-ga (水墨画), is Japanese ink wash painting. Brought to Japan from China by Zen Buddhist monks in the mid-14th century, sumi-e is a very elegant and expressive technique that utilizes variations in brushwork and contrasting shades of ink to create dramatic images. The philosophy of sumi-e is to capture the subject’s ki (life spirit).
Join us for a hands-on workshop to experience the basic elements of 墨絵 in a friendly atmosphere. Ms. Fumiyo Yoshikawa, a local nihonga (Japanese-style painting) artist, will explain the essential techniques and tools of this ancient art form and introduce relevant Japanese vocabulary during the course of the evening. This is a great opportunity to learn Japanese expressions and culture in a fun setting.
To begin, Ms. Yoshikawa will provide a brief history and cultural background of sumi-e in English. As she explains the fundamentals, participants will practice Japanese terminology specific to the art of sumi-e. After her demonstration, participants will try the basic movements with brush and ink. You will have time during the workshop to complete your own painting on a square paperboard to enjoy at home.
This event has limited space and registration is first come first served. Please register early to ensure your spot in the workshop. No previous experience in sumi-e or Japanese language is necessary.
Japan Society of Northern California
500 Washington St., Ste.300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Date & Time:
Friday, October 28, 2011
Check in: 6:15pm
Program: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Advance registration is REQUIRED as seating is limited to 15. The deadline to RSVP for this event is Friday, October 21, 2011. Refunds will not be made after this date.
Fumiyo Yoshikawa is from Kyoto, Japan, and came to the US in 2003. Her technique is nihonga, a particular painting style using traditional Japanese materials and methods. In addition to bamboo brushes and sumi-ink, she uses dry pigments made of natural materials including minerals, clays, etc. She studied this method at Kyoto University of Education. Ms. Yoshikawa has exhibited her work at many museums including Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and major galleries in Tokyo, Kyoto and other cities. In addition, she has taught art, brush painting and other nihonga techniques at several art institutions and colleges in Japan and other countries.