Atelier Towa, Aoi Yamaguchi’s own studio in Berkeley, California, offers hands-on Japanese calligraphy workshops and lessons, instructed by the artist herself. Intimate small-group session will motivate you to learn with peers and let you focus on practicing and improving your skills. Each workshop program is designed to introduce and explore different styles and aspect of the art of Japanese calligraphy. Available sessions will be listed as they are scheduled. Choose a session that suits your level and goals!
Japanese Calligraphy “Shodo” Workshop for Beginners
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March: Oborozuki – Hazy Moon –
３月 弥生 – 「朧月」の会
SEASONS is a series of our monthly Japanese calligraphy workshops to appreciate the beauty of nature transitioning with four seasons captured in poetry.
For March session, themed in “Oborozuki” meaning “Hazy Moon,” we will explore the yugen of romantic, sentimental memories in moments with a hazy moon radiating in the night sky of early Spring – as we write your choice of seasonal word from selected Japanese classic haiku poems.
During this hands-on workshop, you will learn and practice basic Japanese calligraphy “Shodo” skills, through the meditative calligraphy process finding the balance between the mind and body. We will go over the basics: how to hold the brush and control the brush, proper posture, how to take care of tools and materials, gettting to know with Japanese paper and sumi inks.
You will be introduced to the fundamental calligraphy writing techniques and beautiful and formal Regular Script “Kaisho” or semi-cursive script “Gyosho” on selected Japanese kanjicharacters depending on your skill level, and you will be practicing and making your own calligraphy artwork on “hanshi”*-sized calligraphy paper, and on a shikishi board for the final piece! You will have a nice piece of artwork to take home at the end of the workshop.
This workshop is designed for the adult beginners. No prior experience is necessary.
Saturday March 25th, 2017 11am – 1:00pm
LECTURE & TEXTS
This workshop will be instructed by Aoi Yamaguchi. Original worksheets and handouts will be provided.
Lesson will be taught in English. Knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary.
SUPPLIES & MATERIALS
Basic supplies and materials will be provided for you to work on Japanese calligraphy during the workshop. The first 20 sheets of calligraphy paper are included per class. Additional paper is available for purchase.