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Japanese Sumi-e Brush Painting and Wabi Sabi

February 17 @ 10:00 am 4:30 pm

Date: Saturday, February 17th
 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Total Sessions:
 Fumiyo Yoshikawa
Location: Room 208, Printmaking Studio
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
 All Levels
Sliding Scale:
 $100 / $130 / $160
Materials Fee: $40

About the class

Discover your creativity and daily serenity through the ancient art of Japanese ink brush painting known as Sumi-e. The Japanese term “sumi” means “black ink”, “e” means “painting.” In this art form, subjects are painted with black ink in many gradations ranging from pure black to the lightest shades achievable by dissolving ink in water with or without some colors. Deeply rooted in Zen and Wabi Sabi philosophies, Sumi-e explores the fundamentals of brush and ink manipulation. Join award-winning Bay Area guest artist, Fumiyo Yoshikawa and embark on the rewarding journey of learning to create your own Sumi-e masterpiece. Beginners are encouraged. No prior painting or art experience is necessary. Materials fee includes your kit of materials to take home, including: brush, ink, paper, felt, paperweight and palette. 

– 10:00am-12:00pm Intro to Basic Strokes and Calligraphy

– 12:00pm-12:30pm lunch break

12:30pm-4:30pm Sumi-e Painting

Note: There will be a 30 minute lunch break; please bring a bag lunch.

Registration for this class will close on February 10.

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Fumiyo Yoshikawa

Instructor / Artist

Fumiyo Yoshikawa studied Japanese art at Kyoto University of Education and after graduation, studied Japanese painting with Ikeda Yoson, who was in the lineage of Shijo Maruyama School. Her work has also incorporated elements of world art. Over the years, she developed a unique style that is organic and spiritual, based on the philosophies of Zen and Shintoism. She has widely exhibited at art museums and galleries in Japan since 1984 and in the United States since 2004. She has served on the board of Sumi-e (ink brush painting) Society of America and won a number of awards for both her painting and calligraphy, including both Best in Show Painting and Best in Show Calligraphy.
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