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Learn a style of painting that has been enjoyed by all ages the world over for thousands of years. Sumi-e means ink ( sumi ) painting ( e ) in Japanese. Easily learned, this method of painting uses simple, fast brushstrokes and a viewpoint that “less is more.”

Subjects for paintings are discovered as you observe nature and your surroundings. Frequently chosen themes are plants, flowers, birds, insects and animals.

Think Butterflies! Think Bamboo! Think Sunflowers! Think your pets! Don’t think….let the subject come to You!

No prior skills necessary. The instructor will provide all supplies for fee. Just bring your energy, creativity and keen eyes.

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Ink, brush, paper pen

Contemplating in the now

Ah, Japanese arts

                        marcy chapman

OCTOBER 20 to 25, 2019

"Little Middle"

Fun with Sumi-e
 Japanese Brush Painting
It’s Fun! It’s Simple! It’s Spontaneous! It’s Zen!



Fall 2019 Schedule TBA

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. 

OCTOBER 25 to 27, 2019

June 16 -22, 2019

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 A Hands-On-Exploration of  

Three Japanese Art Forms

John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, NC

Oct. 20 to Oct. 25, 2019

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.


 Japanese Ink Painting

John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, NC

          3-DAY CLASS, Oct. 25-27, 2019

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.

No prior experience needed.