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Painting in ink

The ancient art of Japanese brush painting is the subject of workshops being laid on for primary schools until December as part of the official programme of the 2005 EU-Japan Year of People-to-People Exchanges.

Sumi-e, or ink pictures, traditionally feature natural subjects, such as flowers and birds. The painting is seen as a form of meditation that brings peace and harmony to the artist and viewer.

A book called The Simple Art of Sumi-e, by Takumasa Ono (Cico Books), offers a practical guide to all the techniques, starting with the tools required and describing the brushstrokes and traditional composition techniques.

For details of Japanese events around Scotland, see www.uk.emb-japan.go.jpeneujapanevents.html

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