Casual online Japanese ink painting classes by donation in English.

Donation-based Online Japanese Ink Painting Class in English on the second Saturday of every month. 


Next classes:

21:00 - 21:30, Saturday October 10, Japan Time

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

Painting subject: vol.8 Hydrangea 


9:00 - 9:30, Saturday October 10, Japan Time

(Check your local time. It would be Saturday evening in USA) 

Painting subject: vol.1 Plum blossoms 


What to prepare:

Calligraphy pen (Fude-pen/Fude brush pen), or black ink / watercolor /  acrylic with both small and  large brushes as a substitute for calligraphy pen.

A few pieces of white paper, any kind.

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.


Lesson content:

The class takes 30 mins in total. 

I use Zoom to teach how to use a calligraphy pen and apply Japanese ink painting techniques and share my screen to show a slide show about how to paint in a step by step manner.

You will be painting a different subject in each class.


Inquiry and application


Messages from students

"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."

                                                                          Appeared on magazine                                              Ueno studio

Art Class in Tokyo -- Suiboku-ga / Sumie / Ink Wash Painting / Japanese Traditional Black Ink Painting.

Come and Discover Sumie ! Experience Japanese Traditional Art !You can capture the essence of Zen by making a Sumie painting. Attraction for tourists.


About the artist: The facilitator has extensive knowledge in Japanese art. Apart from being a painter she is an art writer who graduated with a BA in Art Studies and History. She also studied in an Art College in London. Participants from various areas of the world - USA, Canada, France, UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Brazil and more... Looking forward to welcoming you!

【Regular Class in and near Tokyo】 

In this course, you will learn traditional painting techniques of Suiboku-ga / Sumie / Japanese Ink Painting in a step-by-step manner by an English speaking artist. One-time participation is welcomed. 



【Online Private Class】 

If you are interested in an online class, it costs  3,000 yen/1 hrs/person. Please contact me for more information. 


【Online Casual Fude-pen Class on donation】 

Please scroll up this page to find the details.


【Private / Customized Class】 

If you are interested in a private class or customized class for you or your group, it basically costs 6,000 yen/2 hrs/person. Please contact me for more information. *Reservations can be made up to 3 months in advance. I would love to share information about art supply shops and interesting museums in Tokyo.



Open StudioArticle on Tsumugu Website by Yomiuri Shimbun Oct 2019


Featured on Nikkei Asian Review, Dec. 19, 2019 edition 

UENO Studio  

13:00-15:00, the fourth Saturday of every month


Venue: TUGUMI Ueno Studio 

             Vasson Shinobazu Bldg. #202, Ikenohata 2-1-42, Taitouku, Tokyo 

             15 mins walk from JR Ueno Station /

              5 mins walk from Nezu Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)

              It is located near the Ueno Park which is the largest museum area in Japan

              and the cultural town of Nezu.   


SAITAMA Studio    

basically, the first Sunday of every month


Venue: Higashi Omiya Community Center 

             3mins walk from JR Higashi Omiya Station



4,000 yen / 2 hrs / 1 person 

* On-site cash payment only

* Please kindly understand that you are to be charged a cancellation fee in full if you cancel your reservation on the date.

* In consideration of the recent epidemic disease, please refrain from participating a class if you are not feeling well.


What to bring: 

*If you do not have any of the materials below, please contact the facilitator in advance.

*I can send you art materials on your request if your country still accept international postal service from Japan under this state of pandemic.


Old newspapers, to cover a table before painting. 

4 Dress pins 

Calligraphy set: 

1 Ink stone 

1 Ink stick 

3 Japanese/Chinese paint brushes (large, medium and small) 

1 Used towel to wipe brushes during painting 

1 Water container for cleaning brushes during painting (Plastic cup or the like can be a substitute) 

2 Small plates with white inner sides (Plastic plates or the like can be a substitute)

1 White felted fabric underlay for the paper, something like this: If you cannot find something similar, just use a newspaper instead.


In addition, for online class students:

5-10 Japanese Washi papers (Very thin and soft one is preferable)

1 Paper for pencil sketching

1 Pencil 

Fruit, vegetable or flower, following the teacher's request. (Only for beginner students) 



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