Ink, brush, paper pen

Contemplating in the now

Ah, Japanese arts

                        marcy chapman

In addition to my diverse painting experience, I have enjoyed a lifetime practice of Japanese arts, Sumi-e, Haiku and Ikebana. These three art forms are so complementary. It is exciting to combine them into classroom formats where I can share the artistic pleasure with others. 

Find serenity

Looking at the commonplace

Japanese approach

                            marcy chapman

The Pleasures of Sumi-e ......

             Capture the Spirit of the Garden!

Put brush to paper and become immersed in the natural beauty of SELBY GARDENS. Learn to express yourself using the simple, basic brushstrokes of Japanese ink painting. Capture the spirit of a variety of garden subjects: elegant orchids, serene bamboo and the dynamic movement of koi.

All levels welcome.
Event Details
Three Wednesdays:
May 10, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 17, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 24, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Classes currently scheduled:

Sumi-e, Japanese Ink Painting

John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, NC

       3-day class, Oct. 27-29, 2017

Put brush to paper in this serene introduction to Sumi-e, Japanese Ink Painting, quickly learning the simple, elegant brushstrokes needed to capture the essence of an object or scene. Enjoy expressing, in visual form, anything your heart can feel. Natural subjects on school grounds offer a wealth of subject matter.

 A Hands-On-Exploration of  

Three Japanese Art Forms

John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, NC

Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, 2017

Immerse yourself in beauty and nature through three Japanese disciplines: Sumi-e ink painting, Haiku poetry, and Ikebana flower arranging. Master the traditional brush strokes of sumi-e to create compositions that express the emotion of your subjects. Then use sumi-e to illustrate your haiku—lyrical poetry of 17 syllables in three lines. As you experience Ikebana flower arranging, natural materials become your medium. Enjoy the opportunity to integrate these Oriental influences into contemporary arts and crafts.

No prior experience needed.