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Sumi-é : East Asian (Oriental) Brush Painting For Beginners

This online, co-taught, class is for artists that have little or no experience with East Asian (oriental) brush painting. Students will be taught the use of the basic materials and instruction will focus on traditional subject matter such as bamboo, plum, orchid and chrysanthemum. Students will observe on-line instruction and have downloadable models from which to practice. Different schools of this ancient art, from the traditional to experimental, are explained and demonstrated over the year’s curriculum. There is a strong emphasis on composition and design principles.

A kit of supplies is available for purchase online through The Art League’s website, and can be shipped for a fee, or picked up curbside. The supplies are listed below. Most supplies and supply lists may also be obtained at The Art League Store in the Torpedo Factory, room 217.  The store hours are 11am – 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday. We offer curbside pickup at The Art League Store, allowing our customers to buy over the phone or online and then drive to our location at 105 North Union Street (or “curb”) to pick it up, without having to leave your car. Call ahead here: 703-548-8127. We offer a price-matching guarantee to our customers based on the advertised price for a specific product. If a rival offers the same product for a lower advertised price, The Art League Store will match the lower price.

For more information, contact The Art League School at 703-683-2323.

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Class Supplies

Sumi-e: East Asian Brush Painting Supplies

This kit of supplies is available for purchase here, and can be shipped for a fee, or picked up curbside. The kit includes the underlined items. Please indicate in the notes section of your order if you would like to schedule curbside pick-up, or if you need your kit mailed to you. Please contact us at store@theartleague.org if you would like to purchase a selection of items different than the kit.

For beginning students:

The minimum basic requirements:

Medium Orchid Bamboo Brush #H2c

(Please do not get a cheap bamboo brush, it is not worth the savings!)

Bottled Sumi-e ink or ink stone and ink stick (bottled ink is preferable, being easier, faster and lighter to carry for beginners)

Felt Square (one yard)

Plastic water bowl – 3 sectioned

Blossom Palette or small white sauce dishes – at least two

Paper Practice Roll (18”X 600”)

Paper towels

Total = $ 66.38




How to Register

When registration is open (check the “Registration starts” date above), click the Add to Cart button to select this course. Add as many classes and workshops as you like, and then proceed to the Checkout page to complete your registration.

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