28th Feb 2023

The Japanese term “sumi” means “black ink”, “e” means “painting” This way of painting was introduced into Japan by Zen monks, where reality is expressed by reducing it to its pure, bare form. Painting the essence. Touch-ups, additions and decorations do not enhance a work, but rather hide its true nature. A few marks of black ink painted with a brush on a simple sheet of white paper, can represent the most complex model. One must learn to capture the essence in order to get to the heart of reality as it is. In these beginner's workshops, you will learn about four treasures of Sumi-e painting, how to prepare ink, how to hold the brush, and foundational brush strokes. At the end of the workshop, you will paint either bamboo, an orchid, a plum tree, or an object of your choice.

Jurga started her official art journey at the Art Academy in Vilnius, Lithuania, where she gained a Master of Art degree. After that she worked in the advertising industry as Creative Director, also studying at the Sumi-e (Japanese ink painting and calligraphy) school of D.Doksaite. Jurga moved to London in 2004, where she now lives, creates, works and teaches. Jurga’s ink paintings on “rice” paper take the essence from the Japanese sumi-e technique, calligraphic and abstract, usually done in one breath, enjoying the stroke of the brush – without the possibility of doing a preliminary sketch, or going over the stroke twice, nor fix or hide a mistake.

Location: Cass Art Kensington

Dates & times: Thursdays 3pm - 4:30pm

  • 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th February 2024

Ages: 14+

All materials provided

Tickets: £140 for a course (4 classes), or £40 for a one-off class

To book: simply email

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