Painting in ink

1st April 2005 at 01:00
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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