Lotus and Kingfisher Sumi-e Workshop with Joan Lok
August 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm$85
Saturday, August 7, 2021
$75 for Members
$85 for Non-Members
Time: 9 am – 3 pm. One hour lunch break at 12:30 pm
Capture the beauty of blooming lotus in a summer pond with a watchful kingfisher in watercolor and sumi-e ink on rice paper. Learn with Joan Lok to paint flower and bird expressive Asian brushwork to add freshness to your watercolor. This workshop will include:
· Essential brushwork in Asian brush painting or flowers and birds
· How to load the brush with multiple colors
· Structure of lotus flower, leaves and buds
· Anatomy of a kingfisher and feather patterns
· Background wash application on rice paper
Supplies are included in the workshop so artists with no experience in Asian brush painting may join without hesitance. If you have experience with sumi-e, bring your favorite brushes and rice paper. (See optional supply list provided.) Remember to bring a brown-bag lunch if you want to paint through the lunch break.
Still photography only. Video-recording of the workshop is prohibited.
Meet Workshop Instructor Joan Lok
“My art is a fusion of old and new, east and west, and the balancing play of yin and yang (positive and negative forces). The images are not photo-realistic yet they feel accessible. I would love to share my favorite way of capturing my subjects with expressive brushwork with you.”
Born in Hong Kong, Joan came to America after winning an international cultural exchange fellowship at a young age. She creates artworks that link Asian tradition to an adventurous, modern viewpoint. Her work has won numerous awards and her book “Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers” is available in English, Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish. Joan was the National President of Sumi-e Society of America for ten years and taught Asian American Arts at the University of Maryland. Visit www.joanlok.com for her full bio, artwork images, and online art courses.
Supplies to be provided during class –
· Rice paper (2 pads of 48 sheets each)
· Newsprint and note pad paper to practice (1 pad of 100 sheets)
· Watercolors (2 sets of 12 colors each)
· Sumi-e ink (1 bottle)
· Sumi-e brushes – rounds and hake of various sizes
· Water containers
· Plates or watercolor palettes
· Little dishes
· Paper towels
Optional Supply List –
If you are new to the art of Asian brush painting (sumi-e), don’t rush to buy all the specialty brushes and paper. Get a feel at the workshop and get the supplies if you decide to continue exploring sumi-e art. Here is a supply list for your use later. Experienced artists should consider bringing their favorite brushes and rice paper as theirs are usually nicer than the student-grade ones provided at this workshop. Please bring an apron if you need one.
· Rice Paper –Ma, Pi, or Double Shuen. Affordable machine-made rice paper, such as Palace Moon is useable as well.
· Newsprint, any size, for practicing strokes. I recently regular note pad papers reasonably usable.
· If you have these sumi-e brushes, bring Combination (Flow, Ideal, or Orchid Bamboo) in medium and large, Hard (Mountain Horse) in small, and Detail (Leaf Vein or Happy Dot).
· Hake brush for lotus leaf and background wash, 2 inches or 2.5 inches.
· If you only have watercolor brushes, rounds in #0/1 to use for details of the bird, and #6/8 and #12/14 for the lotus, buds and stems.
· Black sumi-e ink. I will have a bottle to share.
· I use transparent watercolors by Winsor & Newton, Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors.
· White gouache by Dr. Martin’s Breed Proof White.
· I will have two boxes of student-grade watercolor to share.
MORE SUPPLIES –
· Little dishes for ink and colors
· Mixing plates
· Paper towel (or used rice paper as plotting paper)
· Water container
· A piece of wool or felt to protect the table. (Half a yard of felt from a fabric or art store. Students have used old towels or blankets.)
· For flower workshops, Joan Lok’s art instruction book, “Chinese brush Painting: Flowers” is a good supplement. Published by Barron’s. $22. I will have some available at the workshop.
Please contact Joan at www.joanlok.com with your questions.