Celebrate the Olympics and Japanese Art


This class didn't make our minimum to run. If you are interested in this class in the future, please email us so we can reach out at its next availability. 

***All in person course registration is limited to maintain proper social distancing. All participants will be required to follow Appalachian State's "Return to Campus" protocols which includes always wearing a mask while indoors. In the event that Appalachian State University classes move fully online, all in person Craft Enrichment courses will be cancelled and participants will be provided a prorated refund. 

Celebrate the Olympics! 

From the 15th century to the 21st century Japanese art has maintained it's popularity. The Zen Buddhist monks first introduced the Northern Sung style of painting to Japan in the 14th century. During the Shogunate era  in the 15th century arts, of all kinds flourished.

You will learn the basic strokes of traditional Japanese Sumi-e (ink painting). Learn  bamboo strokes and you will be painting  Bonsai trees  (any tree for that matter), flowers, birds, butterflies, landscape and more. We will honor Japan, the host country of the Olympics, by painting the chrysanthemum which is the Royal flower.

Course Format

This class will meet in person in Edwin Duncan Hall room 315. 


Students can bring their own Chinese painting supplies or purchase a beginners Kit from www.blueheronarts.com ($79.99)

Chinese Painting Supply List Includes:

Full set ($79.99) plus tax and shipping

  • Ink cake (more convenient)
  • Marie's Chinese watercolors
  • Magic cloth (you can practice with water and then it fades; can be used over and over!)
  • 1 Flow brush, 1 combination brush, Orchid-Bamboo brush, Landscape brush and Leaf vein brush as well a piston water brush- great for outdoor value sketches! These brushes have application in watercolor too.
  • Mulberry paper-30x18, unsized single Xuan paper-27x18, semi-sized Xuan paper-27x18.
  • Wool felt.
  • You will need a container for water, paper towels, a white ceramic plate or saucer.

*It is recommended to wait until about 2 weeks before the class starts to order any new materials. This ensures that the classs has reached its minimum number of students. For questions about supplies, contact Sue at her studio 828-355-9751.)


730 Rivers Street

Room 315 Edwin Duncan Hall

After 5:00 parking is free in the open lots. Turn into the Peacock Lot and turn right toward the Appal Cart Bus station and Octagon Building (park in the surface lot, under the Octagon is restricted). Enter under the Octagon and take the stairs to the top floor.  Go through double doors and look for room 315. 

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Painting: Japanese “Sumi-e”
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 to Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
Delivery Method: 
In Person
Edwin Duncan 315

Registration Information

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until2 days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this session we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Marissa Winkler at winklerml@appstate.edu to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Marissa Winkler at 828-262-2930 or email  winklerml@appstate.edu.

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056 ods.appstate.edu

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.

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