|Different Strokes: Mind, Body and Brush|
|Thursday October 12, 2017|
We are happy to add to our courses in Calligraphy and “Black Ink” another that focuses on that most articulate of instruments, the brush. Here, as well as exploring its traditional use in drawing and painting, José introduces you to its meditative properties 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 28, 2017|
Another one of our courses where Danielle overthrows the traditional concepts of what constitutes art media. Paper to draw on, yes, but with? Put 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
Techniques learned: Background treatment, texture, line, forms, handling of paper, gluing, cutting.
|Black Ink: Monocolour Drawings on Washi |
|Saturday November 04, 2017 | Saturday May 05, 2018|
How could we have gotten as far as we have, without the capacity of being able to record our thoughts, by either the written word or the visual image. How primeval the need to do this, but equally contemporary and sublime.
The flowing stroke of a brush; the insistent scratching of a pen: what profound roles they have played in the aesthetic life of humanity—perpetuating our thought and providing a medium for our artistic expression. And both equally dependent on the same dark, evocative, flowing substance. 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
|East Meets West: Fusion Sumi-e|
|Saturday November 11, 2017|
We’ve become accustomed to hearing novel, unusual, but exciting new sounds when two different forms of music are combined together. We call that fusion. And that’s what Indra has done here 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.
|Way of the Brush: Japanese Calligraphy |
|Friday November 17, 2017 | Friday March 30, 2018|
Is their 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.
|Free-style Art: Mixed Media on Washi|
|Saturday November 18, 2017|
It’s the old problem of how to resolve the opposites of freedom and discipline, spontaneity and caution, the one and the many. This is true for society and individuals, and even more so for artists working with different media. What is needed is a mediator than can bring together apparent opposites into one inclusive whole.
Washi functions superbly in this capacity. 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 February 03, 2018|
The receptive surface of washi provides the most luxurious hospitality for many media. You will see just how graciously it welcomes ink, watercolour, gouache, or acrylic and warmly accommodates a wide range of creative expression.
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.
|The Full Spectrum: Acrylic Colour on Washi |
|Saturday February 17, 2018|
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 its 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.
|Western-style Chigiri-e: Painting with Paper|
|Saturday February 24, 2018|
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.
|The Paper Palette: Making Art with Washi Collage |
|Saturday March 24, 2018|
A palette of colours for a figurative or abstract painter offer innumerable creative possibilities. But, the textural surfaces, translucence, multitude of patterns and the legendary strength of washi, combined with being able to tear, fold, cut-out and tint it, offer a palette of even greater opportunity for self-expression.
Tap into Lorraine’s depth of knowledge and experience that comes from working with washi for many years in her own work as a professional artist in this course designed both for practicing artists who wish to explore collage, or for those who want to make art but don’t draw or paint.
Explore how to use washi’s limitless potential to make compelling pieces with an abundance of Japanese paper especially chosen for collage. You will experiment with overlapping, juxtaposition and the relationship between diverse elements, discovering why this is one of our favourite courses.
|Idiosycratic Images: Printmaking with Chine Collé|
|Thursday March 29, 2018|
We are pleased to offer this course taught by one of the most respected printmakers at Montreal’s well-known print-shop, Atelier Circulaire. Carlos solves the problem that has prohibited giving this course other than at such a print-shop with a multi-ton press by acquiring a portable roller-based press that he will bring along to our workshop space and from which you can draw excellent prints.
Chine Collé stands for the rewarding printmaking process by which you paste (collé) one kind of thinner paper onto a harder surface, then printing a further image(s) onto the two—a technique originated in China. Unlike other printing processes that are designed to produce multiple impressions, the result is a one of a kind work of art.
He will present a brief history of lithography since its inception, noting the transition from use of stone to polyester in the preparation of plates. Each student will have the opportunity to prepare his or her own offset plate and print it a number of times on various washi and other surfaces. A unique chance to experience this time honoured, traditional printmaking technique by which such greats as Toulousse Lautrec, M.C. Escher and Pablo Picasso produced some of their famous works.
|Off the Surface: Art Rubbings from Found Objects|
|Thursday April 12, 2018|
Transferring impressions from the surfaces of the world around us not only offers a unique way of interacting with our surroundings, but rubbings can also be considered as the most direct and fundamental form of printmaking we have, accessible to everyone, needing only paper and a pencil. Once you start looking, you’ll be amazed at the number and diversity of textures, type, images, logos and graphics that await creative exploration.
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!
|Peerless Images: |
Watercoloured Photos and Paintings
|Thursday April 26, 2018|
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.