Well-known British sumi artist Christine Flint Sato has recently published a wonderfully accessible Sumi Workbook which presents a complete introductory course for anyone who would like to try their hands at the traditional sumi ink arts of calligraphy or brushed ink painting. Having studied these arts herself for over thirty years and taught workshops in both Japan and the UK, Christine has now come up with an innovative method of teaching and practice that stresses the meditative, experimental, and playful aspects of these arts. If you would like to enter into a new artistic venture and learn a little more about Japanese culture, then this book could be the right entry point for you. I’ve read the book and can highly recommend it, but don’t take my word for it. Two opportunities are coming up to meet the lady in person!
If you would like to meet Christine, this coming Sunday (November 2nd), she will be at the International Exhibition of Art and Design being held in the annex of the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. Her work will also be on display there, so if you have an interest in taking up the sumi arts this may inspire you. Christine will be there from 13:00 until 16:00. Here is a MAP to the location.
Christine will also be teaching a Sumi Arts Workshop in Nara on November 30th. The details are below… Take it away Christine!
Sumi Workshop Nov 30th 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Come and enjoy working with sumi in a free and experimental way. We will begin the day with brush exercises to free up your body and mind, and then using dots, lines and shapes will work with gradations of sumi and wet and dry brushwork.
We will have the opportunity to try out the many sumi inks at Boku-undo Sumi Manufacturers during the workshop.
Date: Nov 30th 2014 11:00 – 4:00 (Please arrive by 10:45)
Meeting place : Boku-undo Sumi Manufacturers.
Please come to the Boku-undo shop inside Ganko Shopping Street , Nishinokyo
Here is a MAP.
Nearest Station: Nishinokyo on the Kintetsu Kashihara jingu line. At Kintetsu Yamato Saidaiji take the local train to Nishinokyo, it takes about 6 or 7 minutes.
Please bring: Shodo equipment: brush, felt, water container, paperweight
A packed lunch and drink
Fee: 3,000 Yen. This includes fee for the room and for paper.
Please contact Christine if you would like to come and if you have any questions.
See also her site at: http://www.sumiwork.com/