|Collage Images with Chiyogami |
|Saturday October 06, 2018|
Talk about serendipity! Eva walked into our shop just as we were completing the Program this year to show us her illustrations for a book and we knew right away she had to give a course for us!
Fortunately she agreed and we can offer an entirely new way of creating luxurious images using the beautiful decorated paper at Au Papier japonais called “chiyogami”.
She has prepared a robust exploration of her technique consisting of creating (1) landscapes first with a chosen picture and then one from your imagination using the famous Hokusai wave; (2) portraits of a geisha in a Temple and then the Buddha in meditation; and (3) free style composition inspired by the oriental principle of yin and yang.
|Different Strokes: Mind, Body and Brush|
|Thursday October 11, 2018 | Thursday April 18, 2019|
A first last year, José’s unique blend of traditional calligraphic brushwork with thoughtful aesthetic exercises aimed at increasing awareness, attracted many eager students, and we are happy to offer it again.
Here, as well as exploring its traditional use in drawing and painting, José introduces you to the meditative properties of brushwork as a means of developing mindfulness and awareness through a union of body, breath and brush.
Spontaneity is emphasized by using different sizes of oriental brushes and pens to make strokes using dark and light washes, and exploring the matchless warmth, absorption and responsiveness of washi’s many willing surfaces.
|Drawing with Paper: Washi as Pen|
|Saturday October 27, 2018|
What a radical idea! Set aside pencil, pen, charcoal or brush, and discover how to create drawings using only the medium of washi. By cutting out very fine strips and twisting and turning them, interesting lines will form, and then new lines and different textures will emerge by tearing, crumpling and pulling at the natural fibers.
This technique gives you an entirely new way to create artwork that stands on its own, or with which you can create images, designs or visual elements that be incorporated into collage, cards, books, invitations or even other artworks.
Techniques learned: Background treatment, texture, line, forms, handling of paper, gluing, cutting.
|Black Ink: Monocolour Drawings on Washi |
|Saturday November 03, 2018 | Friday May 03, 2019|
It’s an amazing thing that the same dark, evocative, flowing black fluid made from the most common and plentiful substance, carbon, can be at the same time a threat to the atmosphere, but a treasure for the artist. Both brush and pen, dependant on it, have provided us with the means of recording our history, passing on our knowledge, and expressing our love, as well as producing much of the world’s art.
This course evolved out of Lorraine’s extensive use of black ink in her own work as an artist and love of its capacity to produce the boldest of strokes or the most subtle of shading depending on its use and interaction with the surface it’s used on.
Explore the limitless possibilities of this interaction using pen, bamboo and brush on many different kinds of washi especially chosen for its receptivity to ink
|Best of Both Worlds: Fusion Sumi-e |
|Saturday November 10, 2018|
We admire the East for its long established cultural and artistic traditions, while we in the West, having much less history, pride ourselves on our innovation and willingness to experiment.
In this course, Indra takes the best of both worlds by blending together the precise and controlled brush work that characterize the minimalist style of Oriental painting called Sumi-e with the individuality and spontaneity of our more free-spirited Western nature. With it you can create a realistic image of whatever you want—with just a few brushstrokes.
Students will be introduced to the basic materials: ink, brushes and paper. After a few painting exercises, students will learn how to paint the “4 Gentlemen”, the bamboo, the wild orchid, the chrysanthemum and the plum tree. Sumi-e masters believed that the strokes made in learning the “4 Gentlemen” could be used to convey anything in the universe. While focusing on the traditional aspects of sumi-e painting, students will be encouraged to transcend tradition and experiment on more explorative and personal levels.
|Words as Art: Japanese Calligraphy |
|Friday November 16, 2018 | Friday March 29, 2019|
Is there a more profound symbol of human capacity than the ability to read and write? The intimate intercourse between a pen and surface is a deep part of every culture. A scribe writing on parchment was once the most esteemed and rewarded of all professions. No surprise then that a people with as refined aesthetic sensibility as the Japanese would raise writing to become its most deeply revered, almost sacred, art form.
What graphic beauty there is in the eloquent, flowing, symbols called Kanji that form the basis of Japanese script. We are drawn to the capacity of a mark that can mean not only a letter, but entire words, and whole thoughts, as well as by knowing that it can also be a form of meditation if properly done. Explore this ancient Japanese tradition using inks on different washi especially suitable for this purpose and experience the sensual dance between brush and surface.
|The Art of Exploration: Mixed Media on Washi|
|Saturday November 17, 2018|
By definition it’s possible to mix just about anything into “Mixed Media”, but this course focuses on a more limited number in order to acquire the benefits of in-depth experimentation, and to examine more fully the emerging effects.
In this course, based on the premise that unity in diversity is a basic principle in the making of art, Lorraine will take students on an exploration of the qualities of ink, fluid acrylic, gouache, wax/oil crayon and coloured pencils as they interact with the receptive qualities of washi to create cohesive works based on each individual’s own sensibilities.
Working with a carefully chosen range of Japanese papers, the course will reveal the many exciting results of the attraction between washi’s accepting surfaces and the qualities of the media.
|Water Media on Washi|
|Saturday November 24, 2018 | Saturday February 16, 2019|
It is said of washi that it receives most media like an old friend you haven’t seen in years who showed up on your doorstep one day!
This course explores the warm welcome washi gives to ink, watercolour, gouache, or acrylic, and the new opportunities it offers for creative work.
Helen starts the workshop with ink markings on washi; then layers of other water media are added or used on separate sheets of paper. Once a number of such papers have been created and dried, you will use “viewfinders”—simple pieces of cardboard that can be arranged in a square or rectangle to identify parts of them that are the most pleasing.
These sections will then be cut and collaged onto a more rigid substrate to make a number of final pieces. Other sections can be used for further collages and experimentation that can take place at home.
|Needle as Pen: Sewn Washi Art|
|Saturday December 01, 2018|
Imagine a palette of thread! And a needle as brush. Yes, you can really sew paper to make the most sophisticated, detailed and surprising artworks.
Join Sigrid, whose own creative talents utilize this technique in her own art, in an adventure of discovery that begins with creating a vocabulary in the form of small samples: stitch single and multiple layers of washi, both thick and thin; try cotton thread, heavier, less flexible linen or smooth shiny silk; attach coloured paper shapes to a backing; make reflective marks using silk or rayon or metallic thread; stitch together transparent layers without using glue; make textures with the thread itself or allow the paper to ripple and pucker by varying thread tension.
Techniques learned: Varying the weight of washi and thread and method of stitching to give different results, learning how to work with washi, identification of your own stitching style.
|Intimate Relationships: Making Art with Washi Collage |
|Saturday January 26, 2019|
On the one hand, collage is the most accessible, inviting and easy way of making art—even for those who can’t draw a daisy. And on the other, a rich, diversified and complex artform for practicing artists who wish to expand their creative repertoire.
And there’s no better media to work with than the boundless diversity of texture, colour and surface variation that is washi.
Tap into Lorraine’s depth of knowledge and experience that comes from working with Japanese paper for many years in her own work as a professional artist, and who brings to the course a personally chosen and generous selection of papers from Au Papier japonais.
You will experiment with overlapping, juxtaposition and transparency, discovering the intimate relationships between diverse elements and why this is one of our most popular courses.
|Light and Colour: Acrylics on Washi |
|Saturday February 02, 2019|
The most dynamic results occur when two different things interact, enrich and change each other, and produce something new that’s better than either alone.
Think of when Ravi Shankar met Yuhudi Mehuhin to make the ground-breaking music on “East meets West”.
That’s exactly what happens when the brilliant range of acrylic colours meet the receptivity, absorption, and luminosity of washi. This workshop has been created by our resident artist, Lorraine Pritchard, whose many years of vigorous testing of the limits of washi and knowledge of its properties, will give added depth and authenticity to the course.
Using fluid acrylics as the medium, students will see how the colours react to a wide variety of Japanese papers in terms of their hue, tone, saturation, variation and contrast.
By the end of the day, students will have acquired a great deal of experience, and take away the results of their work that will effectively function as a catalogue of effects, useful in further use of washi in their work.
|The Washi Spectrum: Painting with Paper|
|Saturday February 23, 2019|
Seeing is believing, and you have to before you can possibly imagine not only the beautiful, but extradordinarily detailed and realistic results that you can get using only small pieces of washi and taking advantage of its long fibres that jut out when torn.
Traditional Japanese Chirigi-e is an amazing technique in which one “paints” landscapes, portraits, wildlife or other representational images that look like an oil painting until you get about six inches away from them.
Adapting this sophisticated, but complex, technique to our Western ways, Danielle has added drawing with pen and ink, or other colours to it, thereby simplifying it and making it a way of creating compelling and unusual images with just a few lines and washi.
The course will explore the possibilities in this blend of East and West that opens up an entirely different way of making fine art —as Danielle does in her own work.
|Intuitive Brush: Authentic Personal Expression on Washi|
|Heather Midori Yamada|
|Saturday April 06, 2019|
This the only time this year, alas, where we have the privilege of offering a course from one of our most highly esteemed and popular teachers, Heather Midori Yamada. She is now living in Victoria, but has arranged her schedule to permit this special “guest appearance.”
From the space of contemplation, using simple meditation exercises, discover the ease and freedom of natural brush handling. Washi provides the ideal receptive surfaces for accepting the play of ink and watercolours. Pattern, tear, paint and intermingle various washi in collaged small compositions.
|Surface Images: Art Rubbings from Found Objects|
|Thursday April 11, 2019|
Some of the most striking and elaborate images are all around us, many that we walk over or pass by every day without noticing. These are surfaces that have raised designs or type such as plaques of historic buildings like the Bahá’í Shrine on Pine, Ferrari logos, or Montreal’s highly graphic and beautiful manhole covers.
Rubbing made from these and many other textured surfaces is perhaps the most direct and fundamental form of printmaking we have, accessible to everyone, needing only paper and a pencil.
Enter this fascinating world with Lorraine, who can often be found with a sheet of washi and pencil rubbing away on a chain-link fence, hubcaps, asphalt, license plates, flaking paint on doors, window screens, grilles, woven baskets, or tree bark. You’ll explore layering of textures, juxtaposition and overlapping of textures, using the matchless strength and responsiveness of washi. A course that will definitely rub you the right way!
|Different Strokes II: Mind, Body, Brush and Colour|
|Thursday April 18, 2019|
In this second course, José adds another dimension to her unique blend of traditional calligraphic brushwork with thoughtful aesthetic exercises aimed at increasing awareness.
This time, beyond the integrity and boldness of black, she adds colour via several media to further explore the limitless potentialities of the brush in drawing and painting as well as its meditative properties as a means of developing mindfulness and attentiveness through a union of body, breath and brush,
Spontaneity is emphasized by using different sizes of oriental brushes and pens to make strokes using the full range of special effects from the colour palette, as they interact with the matchless warmth, absorption and responsiveness of washi’s many willing surfaces
|Peerless Images: |
Watercoloured Photos and Paintings
|Thursday April 25, 2019|
What makes them “peerless”, unlike every other kind of watercolour? Besides being vibrant and intense, they will adhere beautifully to a glossy surface, thus leading to other creative possibilities.
“Peerless Watercolour” is the product that brought colour to black and white photos before colour photography (and the i-Phone). It’s one of the most popular products at Au Papier japonais.
It’s true water colour that’s coated onto carrier sheets of heavyweight paper. A drop of water onto the surface instantly turns the dry colour into vibrant liquid somewhat like a stain. It’s the only watercolour designed to stick to a shiny surface.
Bring along your own black and white prints to experiment with in the first part of the evening enhancing the photos to add a further degree of realism, or creative special effects. In the second half of the evening you will explore how the intensity and richness of the 15 colours in the pack are perfect for every artist who paints in watercolour as they interact with the vast array of surfaces of Japanese papers Liesbeth will bring to the course.