Japanese ink paintings, known as Sui-boku-ga or ‘painting of ink and water’, arrived with Zen Buddhism to Japan around the 9th century. It has its roots in ancient Tao, where painting practice, was one of the core features of meditation.
In this five day course, you will learn the foundation of Japanese ink painting. You will be introduced to traditional tools and materials, learn how to make your own ink and use Japanese brushes and paper. You will explore a variety of brush strokes and be introduced to Japanese watercolours and how to work them into your composition.
The course will begin each morning with various brush exercises and each day will focus on a different theme. These will include - bamboo, pine and plum blossom - known as the ‘three friends of winter’. You will learn how to paint each subject in detail, exploring traditional compositions and usage of empty space in your artwork. Using line brush strokes, as well as ink marks, you will learn how to create atmosphere and a seasonal feel. You will have time to practice, explore and create your own ink paintings based on each day’s practice, using West Dean Gardens as much as possible.
The tutor will accompany the course with live demonstrations and samples from the rich history of Japanese art and its great ink masters. In this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of the nature of ink painting, its ancient origin, and its contemporary practice as a form of active meditation and self-empowerment. Discovering your own creative depth, you will be well equipped to continue your artistic journey.
* This course is for mixed level students, beginners and intermediate are welcome.
* As part of the course, you will receive high-quality worksheets and notes, forming a booklet for your future practice.
* You will enjoy plenty of practice time, one-to-one time with the tutor, the benefit of group discussions and the beautiful retreat nature of West Dean College and surrounding gardens.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Talia LeHavi is a professional artist and a certified teacher of Japanese ink painting. Exhibiting both in the UK and internationally, she is known for her cross-disciplinary paintings, prints and ceramic tiles.