Japanese Sumi-e 
Japanese Ink Painting 
Art by Takumasa Ono

  Sumi-e   COURSE    

Schedule - Short Courses 2017 & 2018

18 Feb 2017   The Prince's School of Traditional Arts
11 Mar 2017   Nature in Art
25 Mar 2017   Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter    
  8 Apr 2017    The Prince's School of Traditional Arts
All course in 2017 are already full booked.

17 & 24 Feb 2018 The Prince's School of Traditional Arts
23 - 25 Mar 2018 West Dean College
15 & 22 Sep 2018 The Prince's School of Traditional Arts
29 Sep 2018 Nature in Art


Learn the ancient art of creating Japanese ink pictures, or Japanese brush painting – Sumi-e. Traditionally these paintings feature subjects from the natural world such as flowers and birds. The Japanese experience of painting is a form of meditation that brings peace and harmony to the artist, and the finished pieces are intended to inspire the same sense of tranquillity and joy in the viewer. Respected Japanese artist and teacher Takumasa Ono will begin by looking at the ‘four treasures’ of Sumi-e: paper, brushes, inks and the ink stone. He will demonstrate the following techniques: Creating bamboo Creating birds Creating flowers Creating landscapes Making bamboo brushes Mounting Making your seal Through a series of exercises you will practise all the techniques you’ll need to create striking paintings and discover the spiritual aspects of this unique art form. By the end of the course you will have completed several paintings; gained knowledge and skills in Sumi-e techniques, materials and approaches to painting; and have increased confidence to continue working from home. If you have taken a course with Takumasa before he will provide a program of exercises to further develop your technique.