Casual online Japanese ink painting classes by donation in English.

【Online Fude-pen Ink Painting Group Lesson by donation】   日本語

On the second weekend of odd-numbered months.


I started this lesson on May 2020, during the pandemic, to share creative, relaxing and social experience with others online.


Great experience for healing and meditation. Experience Sumi-e, Japanese traditional black ink painting! You can capture the essence of Zen and Japanese aesthetics.

Do not worry if you have an aversion to painting. You will learn how to paint stroke by stroke, so it will be easy to follow. No need to copy my sample painting. Instead, try to create your own unique composition.


Lesson content:

The class takes 30 mins in total. I use Zoom to share my slide show and teach how to apply traditional painting techniques using a calligraphy pen (Fude-pen). In addition to a PC camera, I use a smartphone camera to show my brush strokes up-close to teach how to move your pen in a step-by-step manner.


You will be painting a different subject in each class. Lastly, we will see each other’s paintings over Zoom to share creative joy.

Students in all ages and countries are welcomed, including children.



Next classes:   

21:00 - 21:30, Saturday July 13, Japan Time

(Check your local time. It would be Saturday afternoon in Europe)  


10:00 - 10:30, Sunday July 14, Japan Time

(Check your local time. It would be Saturday evening in NY, Saturday afternoon in LA) 


Painting subject: 


What to prepare:

Calligraphy pen (Fude-pen): Pentel Fude Brush Pen Medium (XFL2L) - around 3.5 USD, find it online),

or small and large brushes with black watercolor or acrylic as a substitute.

A few pieces of white paper, any kind. A4 copy paper is preferable.

A small plate with a spoonful of water.

A cloth to wipe your fingers.

PC or smartphone to use Zoom. 

PayPal account to donate me any amount you like through PayPal.Me.


* Pentel Fude Brush Pen Medium (XFL2L)

The pen's brush is specially designed to mimic traditional Japanese brushes - soft texture, long and triangular-shaped.

How to start using it: Twist the brush part off and then remove the red middle piece. Next, twist the brush piece all the way back on and squeeze the body until the ink comes down. Be careful not to over-flood the bristles! Keep in mind, the first few brush strokes are a little watery.


Student testimonial

"Love it! The painting class was so relaxing." 

"That was a really lovely lesson, thank you so much. I'm looking forward to the next class." 

"How lovely to see you and paint with you! My daughter said she ‘really enjoyed it’ and i’d like to say thank you for this simple yet beautiful painting lesson. I used to think I couldn’t paint, now I believe I can! We’re still painting!" 

"I had so much fun! I will attend the next one thank you.. can't wait. Sumie is sooo beautiful."