Painting: Japanese “Sumi-e”


Missing the Olympics... Learn about the art of Japanese Sumi-e. The Zen Buddhist monks first introduced the Northern Sung style of painting to Japan during the 14th century. During the 15th century they brought the newer Southern style of painting. At this time the Shogunate system of government prevailed and arts of all kinds flourished and became more refined and elegant.

Come join us and learn the basics of Sumi- e and create flowing bamboo, chrysanthemums (the royal flower of Japan), plum blossoms, orchids, landscapes and birds.

Course Format

This is an online, synchronous course that unfolds over the course of four weeks. Participants will join live Zoom meetings, where they will participate in live demonstrations. Additional work will be completed during the week. The class will touch on the history of Sumi-e, composition, philosophy and the origin of the brushes, ink, paper and ink stone.


Students can bring their own Chinese painting supplies or purchase a beginners Kit from ($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.

Alternative set ($49.84) plus tax and shipping - to save time navigating the web site for individual items call toll free 1-866-534-7116 9am-9pm Pacific Time

  • Under Categories - Chinese Brushes - Basic 3 Brushes - $15.95
  • Under Categories - Chinese Art Paper - Practice Paper - Confucius Xuan Rice Paper Roll 9.5x787 - $12.99
  • Under Categories - Accessories - white felt - $2.99
  • Under Categories - Accessories - Magic Cloth - $9.95
  • Under Categories - Sumi-e Ink - Ink cake - $7.99
  • You will need a container for water, paper towels, a white ceramic plate or saucer.

*We recommend waiting until 2 weeks before class begins to order (to ensure class meets enrollment). (For questions about supplies, contact Sue at her studio 828-355-9751.)

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Painting: Japanese “Sumi-e”
Saturday, October 10, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020
Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am
Delivery Method: 
Synchronous Delivery
At home

Registration Information

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until 1 week 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 Carrie Henderson at 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 Carrie Henderson at 828-262-8718 or email

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

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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