8th Dec 2023

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the East Asian Art tradition of Ink wash painting, taught brushwork techniques, and create their own Ink Paintings inspired by the 'Four Gentlemen' (四君子) of Ink painting: Plum, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum, and Orchid. Participants will be guided in detail as they explore the 'Four Treasures': Brushes, Ink, Paper, and Ink stones (文房四寶: 筆、墨、紙、硯) and get the chance to try out different types of brushes, inks and Xuan ('rice paper'). 

Ink wash painting is a form of art that emerged during the Tang Dynasty in China as a reaction to earlier techniques that placed a heavy emphasis on detail and realism. Techniques and Confucian philosophies further developed during the Song and Ming dynasties and spread across East Asia to Japan (墨絵 Sumi-e / 水墨画 Suiboku-ga) and Korea (수묵화 Sumookhwa).

Workshop tutor Vanessa is a professional artist-educator with over 7 years of teaching experience across a variety of art mediums, and is a qualified teacher with a PGCE in Art and Design from the Institute of Education, UCL. She graduated from Goldsmiths (BA Fine Art and Art History) with First Class Honours and an MA in Aesthetics and Art Theory from Kingston University. She is passionate about empowering others in their creative practice through an ethos of accessibility and has supported children, teenagers, and adults in classroom settings and workshops.

In 2019, she was commissioned as an Artist in Residence at Facebook's (Meta) Asia Pacific Headquarters to create an extensive and experimental multi-media installation. Most recently in 2022, she was selected as UCL's representative for Tsukuba University's Artist in Residence programme. In 2023, she completed a residency under Master Potter Kwak Kyungtae in Icheon, South Korea. As an artist, her work has been exhibited across Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and the UK.

Location: The Art Space, Cass Art Kingston

Dates & times: Second Sundays of the month, 3pm - 5pm

  • 28th April
  • 12th May
  • 9th June
  • 14th July
  • 11th Aug
  • 8th Sept
  • 13th Oct
  • 10th Nov
  • 8th Dec

Ages: 12+

All materials provided 

Tickets: £35

Please note, these workshops take place on the first floor and there is no step-free access.