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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. 


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Japanese Flower Arranging

One-day Workshop 

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented the scheduling of classes at this time. However, new classes are planned. Dates and details will be listed as soon as possible. Marcy

Ink, brush, paper pen

Contemplating in the now

Ah, Japanese arts

                        marcy chapman

 A Hands-On-Exploration of  

Three Japanese Art Forms

John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, NC

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

Put brush to paper in this serene introduction to Sumi-e, Japanese Ink Painting. Quickly learn 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.

All levels welcome.


Enjoy exploring a contemporary approach to the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging,Ikebana.

Create arrangements to take home using containers and materials traditional to the season.

The Zen aura of Selby Gardens adds to this experience, where our attention is nature-based.

Less is more” will be in the forefront of our designs.

Just bring a water container and scissors. The instructor will furnish additional needed materials for fee.

All levels are welcome.