Sumi-e (Japanese ink painting) Workshop Part 9: “Coloured Suflower with ほほえみ – Smile” with Akemi Lucas


Sat 07 Aug 2021 10:00 - 13:00

Book Before 17:00 Fri 06 Aug 2021

Fee: £35.00 | Platform: ZOOM

Sumi-e (Japanese Ink Painting) workshop “Coloured Sunflower with ほほえみ – Smile in Hiragana”

Date:                            7th August 2021, Saturday
Time:                           10:00-13:00 (3 hours lesson, short breaks in between)
Instructor’s profile:      Akemi Lucas
Online tool:                 ZOOM (link will be sent to you after your purchase**)

Ticket Price:

  • £35 – Single person ticket
  • £55 – DUO ticket ( 2 person to join with 1 Zoom access )

Ticket sales will close at 5pm on 6th August 2021, Friday.

Ticket with calligraphy equipment set:

  • £53 – Single person ticket with 1 calligraphy hanshi paper set (incl. 120 pieces of 2 types of paper)- New Option!!
  • £66 – Single person ticket with a set of 2 brushes (1 x thick & 1 x thin)
  • £91- Single person ticket with 1 full calligraphy equipment set – New Version!

(Incl. first class shipping fee inside the mainland UK. Please see below for equipment details and the photo.)

Ticket with calligraphy equipment set sales will close on 28th July 2021, Wednesday.

Precautions: Over 15 years old
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Image of the art you will learn to draw at the workshop

Workshop plan

Please be prepared 10 minutes before the workshop starts.

  1. Greeting & Explanation of the lesson plan
  2. Warm-up exercises
  3. Practice Hiragana “Ho ho e mi ほほえみ”
  4. Introduction of brush techniques – stems, leaves, a centre head and ray flower petals.
  5. (short break time)
  6. Ink control
  7. Order of painting and layout
  8. Creating artworks in Sumi (black ) first
  9. (short break time)
  10. Explaining how to use colours for petals and sepals
  11. Completing artworks stems and leaves in Sumi, sepals & flower petals in orange and yellow. And writing Hiragana ‘Hohoemi” 
  12. Q&A time

Akemi will assess your work for comments by sending your work through HYPER JAPAN after the workshop.

Equipment needed for the class

Please prepare this equipment by yourself before the workshop starts.

  1. 2 or more Brushes (Japanese Calligraphy Brushes – 1 x thick and 1 x thin brush – or watercolour paint brush)
  2. Ink: Black calligraphy ink ( or black watercolour ink)
  3. Gansai Paint: white, orange and yellow – or similar colour of your choice ( or white orange & yellow water colour paint)
  4. Paper: Calligraphy – Hanshi – paper, roughly 30 papers ( or packing papers)
  5. Five small plates for ink and ink stone if you have
  6. Cloth (Felt): put under the paper.
  7. Paperweight (or anything heavy to put on the paper or Washi paper to fix)
  8. Water for washing brush & diluting ink ( water in a jam jar )
  9. Some Kitchen towel or tissue papers

💫NEW!! Details of calligraphy hanshi paper set for sale💫

  1. 1 x Practice calligraphy hanshi paper set (contains 100 pieces)
  2. 1 x Gasenshi calligraphy paper set for your fair copy (contains 20 pieces)

These 2 types of made in Japan Hanshi paper are suitable for Sumi-e and Shodo work and hand picked by Akemi for your best practice and finishing your works.

Image of practice hanshi paper on left and Gasenshi calligraphy paper on right – this set will be sent to you directly by the instructor.

💫 Details of full calligraphy equipment set for sale

  1. 1 x practice calligraphy – Hanshi – paper set (contains 100 pieces)
  2. 1 x Gasenshi calligraphy paper set for your fair copy (contains 20 pieces)
  3. 1 x Black Calligraphy Ink bottle
  4. 1 x Cloth (Felt) to put under the paper
  5. 1 x Brush (Thick) : Koshu Original – pictured right.
  6. 1 x Brush (Thin): pictured left
Calligraphy set will be sent directly by the instructor

Details of calligraphy brushes for sale

Pictured below is a set of 2 brushes: 1 thin brush on right –and 1 thick brush on left : Koshu original. Brush set will be sent to you directly by the instructor.


KOSHU : Akemi Lucas


Japanese Calligraphy Master

Koshu Japanese Art (雅号:紅秋)

Koshu is the identity of Akemi Lucas as a Japanese calligraphy master.  She was born in Japan and started learning calligraphy from the age of eight. Her distinct style of calligraphy builds on traditional skills, and further embodies of fusion of the ancient and the modern, the eastern and the western, and the before and the after.

Currently, she is based in the UK as a Japanese artist, predominantly working on exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, and commissions. Her latest calligraphy artworks were used in the 2019 Rugby World Cup and a multi-media advertising campaign for the main sponsor of the British Olympic team for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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