6 weeks course
OVERVIEW & PURPOSE
This series of classes will encourage you to explore your own unique relationship with ink painting. It intends for you to learn the basics of Indian and Chinese (black) ink painting so you can adapt this to your own style.
This course is composed of 6 classes of 1 hour each. Each week covers a series of skills and is dedicated to personal explorations. You will learn about different types of ink, brushes and paper. You will also learn about classic and contemporary ink masters and how they have pushed the boundaries of painting in their own work.
For those who wish to experiment further, each class contains a section "beyond" which includes additional exercises, tips and references
In week 1 of the ink series you will practice wet-on-dry technique, learn basic brush strokes, using pigmented ink with flat and rounded brushes of various sizes.
To understand the importance of the quality of environment in your practice, you will experiment painting in silence, with music and with white noise.
Posture influences greatly the outcome of an artwork. You will paint seated and standing, with one and two hands, with opened and closed eyes.
You will experience how movement, physicality and meditative gestures influences to your art.
In week 2 of the ink series we will discuss what John Ruskin and Chinese dream stones have in common.
You will learn about washes and layering techniques to add depth to your work. Using pigment ink on rice paper, you will play with the fluidity of this medium, understand how it reacts on such paper, learn to predict its "unpredictability".
Finally, you will explore how memory is your best art tool to filter unnecessary details and preserve the essence of your subject matter.
Ink series week 3 speaks of clouds, starry nights and Hesiod's poem, Theogony.
Looking at artists who trapped the sky, clouds and light on their canvas, you will understand the power of white and how to balance light and dark elements.
By analysing light and shadow placement onto objects, you will paint your own dramatic skies. You will also work with a reserve, and learn how batik can teach us a trick or two.
Ink series week 4 is about furthering your understanding of light. Looking at water as a reflective surface, how do you interpret its transparency, its depth and reflective quality? What does it says about yourself and your relationship to Earth?
You will learn about the importance of sampling and how it can support your practice to make it more sustainable. Using pigment and acrylic inks you will keep on developing a personal lexicon that translates your vision of the natural environment.
Ink series week 5 is about developing your own language of symbols.
You research the meaning of shapes and objects you are instinctively drawn to, to create a personal lexicon.
Process and conceptually driven, you experiment with shape, golden ratio, washes and bruising techniques to create a work that tells as much about your skills than your personal journey.
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR
This program is for you if
You are experimental, intuitive and desire to step outside of yourself and find new creative paths
You want to build your techniques and fluid painting skills
You have little to no experience using black and white water based ink
You are an experienced or an amateur artist willing to expand your own practice
You are creatively independent and want to move beyond the fundamentals of ink painting
This series of classes is not intended to teach you traditional Chinese or Japanese ink painting nor to show you how to replicate another artist's artworks or to produce hyper realistic paintings.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This course includes photos, explanatory text, links to external resources and only very few demonstrating videos. From experience, showing "how to" leads to replicating what is being demonstrated rather than leading to experimentation and self-growth. This course invites the students to rethink their creativity, not in terms of right/wrong, but instead in an open minded approach as it is as much about learning to paint than discovering who you are as an artist.
Each class is divided in two parts, each includes 5-10 minutes reading and 20-25 minutes painting. Of course, if you wish to spend more time researching or experimenting, this is up to you. At the end of the class, for those who wish to go further, a "Beyond" section offers additional readings and exercises.
Build strong foundations in black and white ink painting
Expand your knowledge in ink painting art history and techniques
Obtain skills to build and maintain an independent artistic practice
Gain confidence to undertake experimental technical/artistic approaches in developing your own style and creative potential
Click on the red link to find a list of recommended tools and material, where to buy.
pigmented black ink / sumi-e
acrylic black ink /Indian ink
stack of white butcher paper
1 small and 1 medium mop brushes
1 large and 1 extra large brushes
1 long stick, about one meter such as bamboo stick from the hardware store
Elastic bands and one roll of sticky tape or some blue tack
Smartphone or a torch
White candle and a stanley knife
You will also need liquid containers (so your largest brush can easily fit in), think to reuse your take away plastic containers, they are stackable and won’t take much space. Don’t buy plastic please.
You might want to write down notes as you go and will need a notebook and pen
Remember to prepare the usual rags or absorbent paper towel and to wear dark clothes