In this workshop, Michael Hofmann will introduce sumi-e, the traditional art of Japanese brush painting using ground ink. Along with some guided instruction (stroke by stroke), there will be a variety of themes for individual exploration.
As well as an introductory class for folks who haven’t painted since childhood, it’ll be an opportunity for artists who usually work with western materials to explore the expressiveness of the bamboo brush.
There will be an emphasis on expressive and spontaneous brushwork rather than formal technique.
For adults, teens, families
Date: June 10
Times: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
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A native Californian, after completing graduate studies in Asian Studies at UC Santa Barbara, Michael spent 28 years based in Japan, working with the sumi-e painter and Zen priest Jikihara Gyokusei. Michael has studied Buddhist sculpture in Nepal and gone on sketching tours throughout Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Painter Michael Hofmann says his best work starts and finishes before he’s even realized it. “In my eyes, the work that’s most successful comes as a gift. I may not even know it’s coming, or it may happen when I’ve given up. Some paintings seem to have a life of their own: I was there, but . . .”