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Introduction to Sumi-e (Japanese ink painting)


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Introduction to Sumi-e (Japanese ink painting)

Patricia Larkin Green will be instructing classes of Sumi-e (each 2 hours long) starting Saturday, January 21 at 9:30am.

Experience the meditative practice of traditional Asian ink painting. Patricia will lead students through a meditation followed by instruction and guidance. Fundamental brushstrokes will be reviewed and insights into the "way of the brush" will be discussed. Assistance will be provided for those who want to experiment with their own original work. Supplies will be provided. Those who are more advanced are welcome to bring their own brushes and larger paper.

Advance at your own pace—you do not need to know how to paint with ink, all levels are welcome, and course materials will be provided. The emphasis is on the process!

The class will introduce the “Four Treasures” (the ink stick, ink stone, brush, and paper) and each class will begin with a demonstration then guided instruction on how to paint “The Four Gentlemen”. The Four “Gentlemen” are traditionally used to teach the foundational brushstrokes for Sumi-e.

‣ Bamboo: ⇰ thin stroke, wide stroke, side stroke are used to create bamboo stalks, twigs and leaves. The bamboo brush stroke teaches how to load the brush, apply pressure, and lift the brush.

‣ Wild Orchid:⇰long and short strokes, turning the brush and changing direction, and heart dots comprise the flowing grass stroke, and flower.

‣ Chrysanthemum: ⇰more practice loading the brush, broad leaf strokes, curved and thicker brush strokes, thin line strokes (leaf veins), petals, light and dark create the fullness of the flower and depth of the leaves with expressive shapes.

‣ Plum Blossom:⇰Thick dry brush stroke (flying white brush stroke), dots and curved flower petals expand your expertise and control of the brush with a variety of sensitive and full strokes.

‣ Still Life:⇰Students are encouraged to bring in a treasured object, flowers or an idea they would like
to paint incorporating brush strokes and techniques developed in earlier sessions to develop their own
marks of expression.

Course materials will be provided and there is a 5 student minimum, so please preregister at info | japaneseculturecenter ! com.

Price: $150 for 5 week course
Time: Saturdays from 9:30AM-11:30AM starting January 21, 2017

About the instructor:

Patricia Larkin Green moved to Chicago in the ‘80s on a scholastic internship from the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce. She is a 1998 graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BA in Intercultural Communications. While a student at the University of MN she traveled on scholarship to Greece and France to conduct research on Greek National Poet Angelo Sikelianos. She later earned a Certificate in Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001. In 2011 she founded OpenWall Chicago, an exhibition space in the 47th Ward. She is an active member of the Sumi-e Society of America and the International Chinese Calligraphy Art and Painting Society, serving as the North America Exhibition Coordinator.

Larkin Green has won many awards for her work including the prestigious “Award of Excellence” from the Jade Buddha Temple, LaioNing Province in AnShan City, China several years in a row. Patricia’s work has been the subject of solo and two person exhibitions in the United States and has exhibited throughout the United States, and in Australia, China and Japan. Larkin Green was invited to paint with Ponce Studios (founded by Chicago-based artist, Ann Ponce) in 2006. She has been featured in numerous publications, including The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, Gapers Block, Hyperallergic, The National Sumi-e Society Organization, InSynch with Sergio Gomez and a Pioneer Press publication, and has been a panelist for Chicago Creative Expo. She has participated in interviews on WTTW Chicago Tonight, WCRX, The Process and Pop Up Research Station. In 2014 she was a featured artist on the web series Our Cultural Center.


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