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Japanese Calligraphy "Shodo" Workshop for Beginners: Summer 2018

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 6:00 PM

Finding Balance with Japanese Calligraphy In this 2 hours hands-on workshop, get an intimate exploration of fundamental Japanese calligraphy writing techniques, and find balance within yourself through meditative calligraphy process. The workshop begins with a brief lecture on the history of Japanese calligraphy and Japanese writing system, followed by the basics: proper use of the brush and other tools, posture and manners, unique characteristics of Japanese gasen-shi paper and sumi inks. Participants will be introduced to the fundamental calligraphy writing techniques, focusing on the formal Regular Script "Kaisho" or semi-cursive script "Gyosho" on selected Japanese kanji characters, which will be provided for you to choose one from, depending on their skill level and preference. Participants will be practicing and making their own calligraphy artwork on hanshi*-sized calligraphy paper, while contemplating on the meaning of chosen character. The workshop is designed to accommodate adult beginners. No prior art experience or knowledge of Japanese language is necessary. DATESaturday June 23rd | 11am - 1pmSaturday July 7th | 11am - 1pmSaturday August | 4th 11am - 1pm * Each session is designed to work on and complete one selected character of your choice. You're welcome to join just one session, or multiple sessions to practice more!  LECTURE & TEXTSThis workshop will be instructed by Aoi Yamaguchi. Original worksheets and handouts will be provided. Lesson will be taught in English. Knowledge of Japanese language is a plus, but is not necessary.  WORKSHOP SUPPLIES & MATERIALS provided by Atelier Towa Japanese calligraphy brush “Fude-ken”  Felt mat “Mousen”  Paper weights “Bunchin”  Small Ink Well “Suzuri”  Calligraphy Artwork Folder  Medium Condensed Bottled sumi ink Japanese calligraphy paper "Hanshi" Lecture hand-outs & self-study guide sheets BRING YOUR OWN  Come dressed in clothing that you don't mind getting accidental inks on. Open-minded enthusiasm!

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/japanese-calligraphy-shodo-workshop-for-beginners-summer-2018-tickets-46041977795?aff=aff0eventful

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