Sumi-e and Shodo: Traditional Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy
Sun., April 22—June 17, 10 a.m.
In this course combining the Japanese art forms of sumi-e and shodo, explore the basic principles of classical Oriental painting and brushwork. Students begin by studying Japanese calligraphy (shodo). They progress from writing numbers, the Japanese alphabet, and their names (all in Japanese), to painting the “Four Gentlemen” (the basic stroke study) and the “Four Seasons” in color (with a flower representing each season).
Using the refined sumi-e style, students learn to paint flowers, insects, birds, and animals with simple watercolor strokes. They develop “bone stroke” techniques and an understanding of traditional composition found in all Japanese art. Continuing students focus on mastering more advanced subjects. Previous drawing experience is desirable. A list of supplies is mailed prior to the first session. Instructor Aiko Shimura Erickson has exhibited her work extensively in Japan and the U.S. Her artist name, Aisetsu, was
awarded in Tokyo by her sumi-e master, who gave her part of his own name.
For More Information, Call: (202) 357-3030
8 sessions, 21⁄2 hours each
Tickets: Resident Members $200; Gen. Admission $246
No class May 27.
Official Website: http://residentassociates.org
Added by LindseyKoren on January 31, 2007