Fall 2009
Fully Enrolled

ARTS 640
Sumi-e Painting


09/14/2009 - 12/18/2009
Thursday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Art Workshop 105

This style of black-and-white calligraphic ink painting originated in China and was introduced into Japan by Zen monks around 1333. Concentrating on bamboo, chrysanthemum, orchid, and plum blossom -- the four basic compositions of sumi-e-- we will explore the central techniques and principles of style. We will also study the works of the more famous schools, such as Kano. Students will be encouraged to work in the classical style and to build on that style toward expressing their own creative vision.

Students will create a portfolio of class exercises and their own creative pieces.

Course tuition: $2022. Additional course fee: $140.

Enrollment is limited to 14 students. This course is not open to auditors.

Keiji Shinohara, a master Ukiyo-e woodcut printmaker, is artist in residence in art and East Asian studies. His work has been exhibited at the Library of Congress, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Worcester Museum of Art, the Asia Society, and the Smithsonian. He is known for highly sculptural landscape prints, which speak to the spirit of Ukiyo-e in a modern voice. His Sumi-e paintings were featured in the collaborative artists' book, The Language of Her Body, with photos by Derek Dudek, fragments of text by Amy Bloom, and typography by Robin Price. Click here for more information about Keiji Shinohara and click here for more information about his work.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Studio

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 14

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