Sumi-e Class in Tokyo and Online -- Sumi-e / Suiboku-ga / Ink Wash Painting / Japanese Traditional Black Ink Painting.

Come and Discover Sumi-e ! Experience Japanese Traditional Art ! You can capture the essence of Zen and Japanese aesthetics by making a Sumi-e painting. Participants from various areas of the world - USA, Canada, France, UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Brazil and more... 

 

【Traditional Ink Painting Group Class in Person】 See below

【Traditional Ink Painting Private Class Online】 See below

【Online Casual Fude-pen Class by Donation】  See below

 

Airbnb Experience Online  1hr Fude-pen class "Try Japanese Traditional Ink Painting"

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Featured in Nikkei Asian Review, Dec 19, 2019 edition (in English)

Open Studio:  Article on Tsumugu Website by Yomiuri Shimbun Oct 2019 

Featured in Yomiuri Shimbun's website, Nov 20, 2020 


【Traditional Ink Painting Group Class in Person】

In this course, by following our original curriculum, you will slowly yet steadily learn traditional Sumi-e painting techniques and subjects in a step-by-step manner from the English-speaking artist.

You will learn truly authentic techniques, which do not use liquid ink, but traditional solid ink, and specifically value the beauty of black color gradation, powerful brush strokes, and energy (qi). 

At each class, you will receive a copy of sample painting. 

Each time you complete a Kyu (grade), you will pay 500 yen to receive a certificate from the school. So far, there are 38 students who have got Kyu (grade) this year (2021). 

One-off participation is welcomed. 

In the first class, you will learn how to paint a piece of fruit or a vegetable.

 

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    usually the second Saturday of every month  (subject to change)

Venue: Higashi Omiya Community Center 

             3mins walk from JR Higashi Omiya Station

  

<Fee>

4,000 yen / 2 hrs / 1 person 

* On-site cash payment only

* Please kindly understand that you will 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 in a class if you are not feeling well.

  

What to bring:   

◆ Pencil and Eraser

◆ Old newspapers, to cover a table before painting

◆ 4 Dress pins 

◆ Ink stone 

◆ Ink stick 

◆ 3 or more Japanese/Chinese paint brushes (large, medium and very small) 

◆ Water container for cleaning brushes during painting (Plastic cup or similar can be a substitute)

◆ Used towel to wipe brushes during painting 

◆ 2 Small plates with white inner sides (Plastic plates or similar can be a substitute)

◆ Small spoon

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

 Face mask and handkerchief 

 

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


【Traditional Ink Painting Private Class Online】

In this course, by following our original curriculum, you will slowly yet steadily learn traditional Sumi-e painting techniques and subjects in a step-by-step manner from the English-speaking artist.

You will learn truly authentic techniques, which do not use liquid ink, but traditional solid ink, and specifically value the beauty of black color gradation, powerful brush strokes, and energy (qi). 

In addition to a PC camera, I also use a smartphone camera to show my brush strokes up-close to make it easier for you to understand how to move your brush.

At each class, you will receive a copy of sample painting by email. 

Each time you complete a Kyu (grade), you will pay 500 yen to receive an online certificate from the school. So far, there are 38 students who have got Kyu (grade) this year (2021). 

One-off participation is welcomed. 

In the first class, you will learn how to paint a piece of fruit or a vegetable.

 

<Fee>

4,000 yen / 1 hr / 1 person   * You will pay through PayPal.Me in advance.

 

What to prepare: 

◆ Pencil and Eraser

◆ Old newspapers, to cover a table before painting

◆ 4 Dress pins 

◆ Ink stone 

◆ Ink stick 

◆ 3 or more Japanese/Chinese paint brushes (large, medium and very small) 

◆ Water container for cleaning brushes during painting (Plastic cup or similar can be a substitute) 

◆ Used towel to wipe brushes during painting 

◆ 2 Small plates with white inner sides (Plastic plates or similar can be a substitute)

◆ Small spoon

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

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

 White Paper for pencil sketching

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

 PC or smartphone to use Zoom

 PayPal account

 

Student testimonial

"Tamayo's knowledge of sumi-e is incredibly deep, yet she made the art form accessible to me as a complete beginner. I am really proud of the paintings I was able to make after just a couple of months under her instruction. She also taught me about history, materials, painting techniques, and composition. She even recommended some interesting books about Zen philosophy and Japanese aesthetics so I could learn about cultural background, although I am located in the United States. I appreciated that she took the time to answer a lot of questions that I had. In addition, she is an encouraging and kind teacher who corrected me in a way that made me want to keep learning and keep painting. She has a professional method for doing lessons virtually, with two cameras so students can see her brushstrokes up close. Overall, I highly recommend Tamayo's classes. I felt so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from such a talented instructor."


Casual online Japanese ink painting classes by donation in English.

【Online Casual Fude-pen Class by donation】 

On the second weekend of every month. 

 

I use Zoom to share my slide show to explain the authentic painting techniques of Sumi-e, as well as how you would apply the painting techniques to a calligraphy pen (Fude-pen).

You will view my slide show to learn how to paint in a step by step manner and make your own artwork. 

In addition to a PC camera, I also use a smartphone camera to show my brush strokes up-close to make it easier for you to understand how to move your pen. 

Lastly, we will see each other’s paintings on screen to share creative joy.

If you cannot prepare a calligraphy pen (Fude-pen), you can also use a brush with black watercolor or acrylic as a substitute.

One-off participation is welcomed.

 

Next classes:

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

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

Painting subject: Morning glory

 

10:00 - 10:30, Sunday July 11, Japan Time

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

 Painting subject: Morning glory

 

What to prepare:

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

 

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.

 

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."