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Sumi Painting: Spring and Creativity

Workshop with Yuming Zhu

Join nationally recognized artist and teacher Yuming Zhu for a special two-day workshop on the East Asian watercolor form known as sumi-e.

Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (bring a bag lunch)

What is Sumi-e?

SumiSumi-e, or ink painting, is a type of East Asian brush painting that strives to convey the essence of an object or scene using the fewest possible strokes. Themes from nature are the subject matter, but brush painters do not try to imitate, copy, or master nature. Rather, they appreciate every aspect of it and enjoy the natural process.

Workshop Details

Sumi2This two-day workshop welcomes both beginning and professional artists alike. Painters new to sumi-e, as well as those experienced in East Asian watercolor painting, will experience individual attention and lessons designed to improve your sumi-e skills. There will be teacher demonstrations, classroom exercises, and one-on-one attention, as well as warm-up and grounding time. We'll work with the Chinese character for “Snake,” in cursive style, and evolve the calligraphy into vine branches. We will learn to paint flowering spring vines such as wisteria, luffa, and bell flower. Discussions in this workshop will also cover landscape painting and local blooms.

Participants are encouraged to bring flowers to arrange and paint. Students are also welcome to suggest “new” subjects for painting. Both black and colored inks will be used, and a variety of different brush strokes and forms practiced.

View the list of recommended supplies, or you can purchase a class supply kit from Wet Paint on the first day of class.

Space is limited, reserve your spot today.

$229 for members / $245 for nonmembers


Yuming Zhu

Yuming Zhu

Yuming Zhu lives and works in Seattle, WA. Originally from Shanghai, China, he began studying painting under master artists at age ten. He teaches sumi painting and calligraphy in colleges and art centers, as well as through regional and national sumi organizations. His work has been extensively collected and exhibited, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. More information can be found on his

Wet Paint
BTAC thanks our longstanding partner Wet Paint for helping to bring Yuming Zhu to the Twin Cities.