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?
Sumi-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.
This 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.