Informations

The schedule of next basic course is following

London classes are temporarily closed at present. We are sorry. We will inform on this site when classes resume. Thank you for your understanding. We hope to be able to resume as soon as possible. And we are looking forward to having class with you again in near future.

If you have a stay in Paris, you can join our sumi-e course in Paris. Details are here.

For further details of our school, thank you for seeing below.

School programs

"You can learn the true techiques of Sumi-e at London!"

Sumi-e (Black ink painting) is one of the Japanese traditional arts. You can learn the true techiques of Sumi-e in London. We teach carefully and plainly these techniques from basic.

After learned reliable lessons, you are going to be able to paint beautiful works. You don't need to think hard. When you are interested, your next step is very simple. Just do it. Les's start Sumi-e together.

Basic Course

*See more the Sumi-e's example pictures, click here [Gallery]

The way of holding the brush
The way of preparing the ink
Basic Sumi-e methods
Basic brush strokes
Shi-kunshi/四君子 (Bacic) - Bamboo, Orchid, Japanese apricot, Chrysanthemum
Vegetables - Cucumber, Pumpkin, Mushroom, Eggplant, Maize, Radish
Fruits - Chestnut, Loquat, KAKI
Seasonal flowers - Narcissus, Cyclamen, Hydrangea
Insects - Buttefly
Sea creatures - Crab, Squid, Prawn
Small fishes - Goldfish, Sweetfish
How to use the colours
The way of adding own signature (Hiragana/ひらがな or Katakana/カタカナ) and seal
(The aboves are a part of the curriculums.)

Intermediate Course

*See more the Sumi-e's example pictures, click here [Gallery]

Seasonal flowers - Camellia, Rose, Iris, Morning glory, Sunflower, Chinese hibiscus
Shi-kunshi/四君子 (Intermediate) - Bamboo, Orchid, Japanese apricot, Chrysanthemum
Fruit - Grape
Insect - Dragonfly
Small birds - Bush warbler, Sparrow
Scenery - Mt.Fuji, Waterfall, Snow scene, Forest, Lake, River, Sea, Mountain stream
How to use the Dousa(礬水) liquid
(The aboves are a part of the curriculums.)

Advanced Course

*See more the Sumi-e's example pictures, click here [Gallery]

Paint on large size papers Hansetsu (35cm×140cm) and Zenshi (70cm×140cm)
Study a composition for Kake-jiku (hanging scroll)
Study a composition for using all Shi-kunshi/四君子
Seasonal flowers and trees - Cherry tree (Sakura), Lotus, Peony, Japanese wisteria
Fish- Carp
Birds - Hawk, Crane, Swallw, Fowl
Animal - Tiger
Imaginary animals - Dragon
Scenery - Mount Huangshan, Guilin
Imaginary creatures - Youkai, Kappa
Portrait - Dharma, Hotei, Bukan
Landscape painting - Japanese style, Chinese style,
(The aboves are a part of the curriculums.)

*See more the Sumi-e's example pictures, click here [Gallery]

Fees and Schedule

Basic course
Course's fees

£65 (4 hours)

*1 group is about 6 ~ 8 students

Schedule
Please see the top of this page, or click here to move top.

To apply for admission, please let us know it from [Contact].

Things to bring:

FOR YOUR FIRST LESSON, please bring white towels (No need brand-new one) and one whole toilet roll at the lesson. The towel size is about 30 cm x 20 cm or bigger. We’ll use the towel to adjust ink of brush and to dry brush. Toilet roll is for cleaning the Ink-stone (Suzuri) and the painting dish.

ALL OTHER MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED for your first lesson, EXCEPT PAPERS for Sumi- e, because they're consumable. Please buy paper at the lesson. If you have your materials and paper, you can bring them with you. *For the details of paper, click here [paper]

AFTER THE FIRST LESSON, (from your 2nd lesson), please prepare your own materials for practicing at home. It's important for progress. Of course you can get all sumi-e materials from us, at the lesson. They're quality professional use. We strongly recommend them to save your money in the long run. Please get them in being relieved. *For the details of materials, click here [Materials]

Other Info: Around half point of the lesson, we’ll take a small break for refresh. You can bring something small to eat, sandwich, cookie, drink, etc. And there are a coffee and tea vending machine.

If you have any questions, please ask us from [Contact] without hesitation.

Intermediate Course
Course's fees

£70 (4 hours)

*1 group is about 6 students

Schedule

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Advanced Course
Target is the person who has completed the Intermediate Course.

Location

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To apply for admission, please let us know from [Contact].

If you have any questions, please ask us from [Contact] without hesitation.

Necessary materials

We carry all materials for from beginner to advance person.

First of all, too inexpensive materials are easily break. In other words, it is waste of money. These materials we have are selected only good quality by our long experience and carried from Japan. Please be relieved for purchase. All materials are made in Japan except the dishes. (The dishes are made in China.)

The Japanese brush and the ink stick are most important materials to paint a beautiful sumi-e. Both of them are the same as teacher Rei's one. Especially, the Japanese brush we stock is made in Kumano-district, Japan, it's very nice brand and good quality. In a case you use correct way, you can use it for 2 ~ 3 years.

Complete materials set

Sumi-e 12 materials complete set / £195

Contents

1. Japanese brush for Sumi-e (Large) / £28
2. Japanese brush for Sumi-e (Medium) / £21
3. Japanese brush for Sumi-e (Small) / £17
4. Japanese ink stick for Sumi-e / £31
5. Ink-stone (Suzuri) / £12
6. White mat / £8
7. Syringe / £1
8. Water boc (Brush-washing receptacle) / £11
9. Brush rest (Anguirus/medium) / £10
10. Bamboo brush holder / £7
11. Paper weight / £6
12. Colours (Japanese distemper, 24 colours) / £43

If you already have some Sumi-e materials, you can use them of course. You can buy the materials which you don't have.

*Attension 1: Basically, a brush and an ink stick for Sumi-e are different from a brush and an ink stick for calligraphy. For painting beautiful Sumi-e, please prepare a brush and an ink stick for Sumi-e.

*Attension 2: Materials that are sold in our school is intended for students. To the general customer, we will sell at a 30% increase.

If you have any questions for materials, please ask us from [Contact] without hesitation.

Paper

papers for Sumi-eWe are carrying high quality papers for Sumi-e (Gasen-shi) from Japan. Please be relieved for purchase.

High quality pepar (Gasen-shi : dimension F5 = 34.5cm x 27cm)
25 sheets / £11

Pepar for practice (34cm x 24cm)
20 sheets / £4

Other materials

You can purchase these items below too.

sumi-e tool, Brush rest
Brush rest (Anguirus/large)
£14
sumi-e tool, Brush rest
Brush rest (Anguirus/medium)
£10
sumi-e tool, Brush rest
Brush rest (Silver mountain)
£12
sumi-e tool, Brush rest
Brush rest (Brown montain)
£12
sumi-e tool, Brush-washing receptacle
Brush-washing receptacle (Ceramic/large)
£27
sumi-e tool, Brush-washing receptacle
Brush-washing receptacle (Ceramic/medium)
£22
sumi-e tool, Dish
Dish (large)
£4
sumi-e tool, Dish
Dish (small)
£3
sumi-e tool, wide brush
Japanese wide brush (large)
£24
sumi-e tool, wide brush
Japanese wide brush (medium)
£18
outils et ustensiles du sumi-e, brosse japonaise
Water jug (round)
£12
outils et ustensiles du sumi-e, brosse japonaise
Water jug (oval)
£12
outils et ustensiles du sumi-e, brosse japonaise
Towels (two pieces)
£3

Others

Seal (Rakkan)

sumi-e tool, seal
Sumi-e pictures will get better by adding painter's seal. You can receive a seal after a month from your order.

At the lesson, we teach the way of adding a seal and signature (Kanji and Alphabet).

Vermilion inkpad

sumi-e tool, Vermilion inkpad
Vermilion inkpad (Colour : deep red) / £36