Short Courses

Japanese Ink Course

Learn from renowned Japanese artist Junko Azukawa to prepare your own Sumi ink then learn to use different tones and brush techniques to create traditional Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) and ink paintings (Sumie). 

With Shodo, you will learn various brush techniques, calligraphy styles, stroke order and balance of Japanese characters as well as the history of calligraphy and the meaning of Japanese characters.

With Sumie, you will learn to feel and capture and the meaning of objects from nature then express your interpretation with brush pressure, rhythm and confidence. You'll not only learn brush stroke techniques but also come to understand yourself better through your work.

Course Objectives

  • Learn to prepare Sumi ink
  • Learn the materials and and processes for working with Japanese ink
  • Learn a wide range of techiniques with a variety of brushes
  • Learn to Japanes Shodo (Calligraphy)
  • Learn to paint objects from nature (Sumie)
  • Develop a visual language.

Technical Specifications

  • Certification: Certificate of Participation
  • Language: English
  • Number of classes: 4
  • Hrs Per Class: 3
  • Dates: Wednesday 3, 10, 17, 24 of April
  • Times: 6pm-9pm

Cost per Student- $440

Required Materials

All materials provided.

Meet your teacher | Junko Azukawa

Junko Azukawa has been practicing Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) and Painting (Sumie) since the age of five where she began learning in Toyama, Japan at the base of the central Japanese Alps. She has since become highly renowned through her dedication to the artform and has had her work published, exhibited and collected on an international level.

Junko is committed in sharing her Japanese culture in Australia and has regularly held workshops in a broad range of schools, institutions and Galleries including the national Gallery of Victoria. Together with a lifelong study of traditional calligraphy and ink painting, Junko has found peace and appreciation deep within and loves sharing with her audience the intimate relationship between mother nature and human nature through her brush.