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Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.
Birmingham Public Library
Story Castle, 2nd floor
Registration requested; call 226-3670 or e-mail email@example.com
Toby Richards, Artist-in-Residence at the Birmingham Museum of Art, will lead a sumi-e workshop this Saturday, June 20 at 10 a.m. at the downtown Birmingham Public Library. Toby studied intensively with a master sumi-e artist in Japan. An experienced teacher in a wide variety of art techniques, Toby has a gift for bringing out the inner artist in others.
The traditional art of sumi-e requires only a few simple materials: black ink, paper, a brush and water. A few quick strokes of the brush, and evocative, arresting works of art materialize in a brief moment of time.
Sumi-e is deeply rooted in Zen Buddhism. The early practitioners of sumi-e were Zen monks who trained in concentration, clarity, and simplicity. The practice of sumi-e was a part of spiritual discipline.
Check out these library resources to learn more about sumi-e:
The art and technique of sumi-e : Japanese ink-painting as taught by Ukai Uchiyama
Japanese ink-painting : lessons in Suiboku technique
Japanese ink painting: Shubun to Sesshu
Japanese ink painting : the art of suḿı-e
Japanese ink paintings from American collections : the Muromachi period
Song of the brush : Japanese paintings from the Sansō Collection