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Ages 16+ | Two Days | Sundays | March 3 & March 10, 2024 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Aurora Town Hall, 3rd Floor Program Room, 100 John West Way – Enter from the Upper/North side

Sumi-e is the century old art of painting using a brush, ink and thin rice-paper or washi. 
In these introductory workshops we will explore the many possibilities of Sumi-e. This course is suitable for all levels with the focus on techniques and on the Sumi-e vocabulary of strokes.

Materials List (also above):

• Sumi-e/Chinese/Japanese brushes
• Ink stick and Ink stone
• White felt pad, approximately 16 in x 20 in (available at fabric stores; occasionally at Dollarama)
• Essential washi (rice) papers: You’ll go through multiple sheets. The instructor will have paper available for purchase during the first class for a nominal fee (around $5.00).
• Small white saucer or equivalent for mixing diluted ink
• Old washcloth or thick cloth for water control
• 2 water containers
• The instructor can provide a limited number of ink, brushes, stone, and felt for borrowing during the workshop. If you’re interested, please reach out in advance to inquire about using her supplies.

Meet Your Instructor

Diana Bullock is a Stouffville visual artist working in acrylics, mixed media, watercolours and Sumi-e [Japanese ink painting]. Her work reflects the influence of eastern and western styles of painting. The beauty, simplicity and Zen quality of Sumi-e (Japanese Brush Painting) led her to study the Nagna style of Sumi-e at the Japanese Cultural Centre. In 1999 she submitted a painting and earned her Seal. Diana continues to study eastern art in workshops with Sumi-e artists, including artists from China and Japan. Dianas work reflects the influence of eastern and western styles of painting. There are traditional Sumi-e and traditional watercolours with some paintings a mixture of both. Her work has received awards and been part of several international exhibitions. “Working quickly I enjoy the challenge and excitement of each new painting and the many ways of portraying a subject. My work would best be described as expressing the essence of nature and the human experience.” 

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