Sumi-E: Japanese Brush Painting, Part 1

Subject: Painting
Dates: 23 November 2019
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Takumasa Ono
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Learn the ancient art of creating Japanese ink pictures, or Japanese brush painting – Sumi-e.

Traditionally these paintings feature subjects from the natural world such as flowers and birds. This Japanese tradition of painting is a form of meditation that brings peace and harmony to the artist, and the finished pieces are intended to inspire the same sense of tranquility and joy in the viewer.

Respected Japanese artist and teacher Takumasa Ono will begin the course by looking at the ‘four treasures’ of Sumi-e: paper, brushes, inks and the ink stone. He will demonstrate essential techniques and by practising through a series of exercises you will begin to create striking paintings and discover the spiritual aspects of this unique art form.

By the end of the course you should have completed several paintings, gained knowledge and skills in Sumi-e techniques, materials and approaches to painting, and have gained enough confidence to continue working on your own.

What should I bring?

All materials will be provided in the class.

Please wear clothing that you do not mind getting ink on.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome

What day(s) do I attend?


Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

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The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course.

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Tutor biography

Takumasa Ono

Takumasa Ono is a Japanese artist who employs traditional ink painting techniques. His book The Simple Art of Sumi-e was published in 2005 and he was commissioned to produce major work for the Millennium Centre, Cardiff in 2008.

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