Japanese Ink Painting (Sumi-e)


Date & Time: Mondays, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm and Saturdays, 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

Location: RESOBOX Gallery (41-26 27th Street, Long Island City, NY)

Buy Now: 1 class $255 classes $100

NEW! First time doing Sumi-e? Bring a friend along and experience the art form while receiving a 50% refund for the both of you!

Trial sessions for this class are now available! $15 for 30 minutes with prior registration.

What is Sumi-e?

All levels of experience are welcome, and all materials will be provided.

“If we study Japanese art, we see a man who is undoubtedly wise, philosophic and intelligent, who spends his time doing what? …
He studies a single blade of grass.”
-Vincent van Gogh

Sumi-e, also called Suiboku-ga, is the art of ink wash-painting. Characteristically, it is an East Asian art, and has been practiced there for well over a thousand years. Sumi-e depicts the spirit or essence of an object or scene rather than its outward appearance — and does so in the fewest possible strokes. Because of this simplicity, the painter’s character and personality come through in his/her work. In both viewing and creating, Sumi-e is a very contemplative form of painting.

All students will start from the basics of ink-wash painting, such as how to hold a brush. All materials such as ink, brushes, calligraphy paper, etc. will be provided for the students.

About the Instructor

CHIFUNG (MATHEW) WONG received his Ph.D in Fine Art at Kyushu Sangyo University Japan in 2006. He was a graduate research assistant and lecturer at K.S. University, Department of Fine Art, Faculty of Fine Arts from 2003 to 2007. His artwork is inspired by the cultures of Macau, Japan, and the United States. He tries to keep using traditional Japanese painting skills in his watercolor (Sumi-e) paintings and adds beautiful color to make the piece more modernistic. He has exhibited his pieces in Japan, the United States, and Australia.

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