Pop the Wave! HOKUSAI -北斎- Wave pop art workshop with Rie Takeda


Sun 18 Apr 2021 14:00 - 17:00

Book Before 17:00 Fri 16 Apr 2021

Fee: £40 | Platform: ZOOM

Pop the Wave! HOKUSAI -北斎- Wave pop art workshop with Rie Takeda

Artist and calligrapher Rie Takeda will introduce her popular pop-it-up themed art workshops to the Hyper Japan community.

In this workshop, you will be creating and transforming the well-known image of the Japanese Ukiyoe print – the famous ‘Hokusai’s wave’ into the pop style. Using vivid colours, neon lines, and dots. Be playful, creative, and pop up your imagination!

For this workshop, you can use the materials and utensils you’ve got at home. A template and necessary links for your pop up Hokusai will be provided prior to the workshop.

Date: 18th April 2021, Sunday
Time: 14:00-17:00 (3 hours lesson, 10 min break in between)
Instructor’s profileRie Takeda
Online tool:  ZOOM (link will be sent to you after your purchase**)

Ticket Price: £40 – Single person ticket

Ticket sales will close at 5pm on 16th April 2021, Friday.

Precautions: Suitable for all ages and beginners. (under 8 years old may need adult supervision) No art /crafty experience necessary.

Please read the Terms carefully and make sure that you understand them before you submit your form.

**If you don’t receive any information one day before the class, please send an email here: contact@hyperjapan.co.uk

Workshop plan

Please be prepared 10 minutes before the workshop starts.

  1. Welcome/Meet and greet. Introduction to Hokusai’s wave (Under the Wave off Kanagawa) and interpretations + variations of the wave in design and style.
  2. Sketching the inspiration, style direction and choosing the main colours.
  3. Using colour pencils, your choice of colour
  4. Demonstration of how to japanize the prime colours and combine them into the composition
  5. Colouring+ process
  6. Out-lining and dots
  7. Fine-tuning + creating the title + adding the name (plus stamp)
  8. Finissage presentation
  9. Q&A time

Equipment needed for the workshop

Please prepare all the equipment listed below by yourself before the workshop starts.

  1. Water based paint (water colour, gouache)
  2. One or two Neon paint (ideally water based/ 3D effect paint)
  3. Sumi ink – Japanese calligraphy ink (if you haven’t got, water based black colour)
  4. Watercolor paper (+- 200mg to print the template)
  5. Colour pencils for sketching
  6. Brushes – various types (flat, medium, small, thin etc)
  7. Template – you will be provided prior to the workshop
  8. Some Kitchen towel or tissue papersA

A template and necessary links for your pop up Hokusai will be provided prior to the workshop. You can then print it out on thicker paper at home or hand draw on a paper, if you do not have a printer, prior to the workshop.

* image of the equipment you will need for the workshop


Rie Takeda



Neo Japonism Atelier

Artist and calligrapher : RIE TAKEDA

Rie started practicing calligraphy at the age of five under the creative supervision of her grandmother, a distinguished “GAYU-Ryu” calligrapher. Later she completed the master of the Gayu calligraphy school in Japan.

Rie’s most representative work is a collection of her ‘Painted Poems’ series. ‘Painted Poems’ radiates with an embrace of unified harmony, striving to create a Natsukashii feeling~a warm nostalgia paired with the momentum of the here and now. Original poems pour into calligraphic design compositions, flowing with rich colours, patterns and an atmospheric spirit. The art of calligraphy, traditional craftsmanship, symbolism, Wabi-Sabi and Haiku-inspired poetry are all interlaced in her collection.

In addition, Rie produces calligraphy works, collages, print designs and works in Body-Art. She works on several projects, collaborations from game companies like Sega to the fashion brands including Kin by John Lewis, Desmond and Dempsey.

She’s been teaching the art of Shodo with her original mindfulness-based-method for 15 years.

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