Au Papier Japonais
Francais July 22, 2017


Black Ink: Monocolour Drawings on Washi ADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard
Saturday October 15, 2016 | Saturday April 22, 2017

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, fluid 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.

Contemplative Approach to Ink, Washi and ColourADD TO CART
Heather Midori Yamada
Saturday October 22, 2016

(Here is the one time this year that we have the pleasure of offering one of Heather’s always popular courses during her only visit to Montreal from B.C. in 2016)
       From the quiet translucent tones of watercolour pigments, move with Heather into the world of rich and opaque tones that gouache makes possible and then into the deep, flowing world of ink. Each is enhanced by the responsiveness and refinement of the thin, translucent and supple Japanese papers, and the infectious enthusiasm and reckless daring of that foremost guide on the path of creativity, Heather Midori.
       She will take you step-by-step into another world of experience where painter and surface interact as intimates in the creative process and where light passing through the paper adds another dimension to painting, giving colours a luminosity and brilliance achieved in no other way.

Drawing with Paper: Washi as PenADD TO CART
Danielle Shatz
Saturday October 29, 2016

Most people think about drawing on paper. Montreal artist Danielle Shatz draws with paper! Introduced last year to great enthusiasm, we offer again the opportunity to set aside traditional drawing media such as pencil, pen, charcoal or brush, and instead discover how to create drawings using only the medium of washi.
       Most of us think of drawing media as pencil, pen, charcoal or brush, but here you will be creating 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 form by tearing, crumpling and pulling at the natural fibers.
       This technique, offered by Danielle, 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, bookworks, invitations or even other artworks.

Techniques learned: Background treatment, texture, line, forms, handling of paper, gluing, cutting.

The Living Brush: Fusion Sumi-e ADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Saturday November 12, 2016

Here is the best of both world’s, where Indra blends together the precise and controlled brush work that characterize the minimalist style of 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

Art Prints with Chine ColléADD TO CART
Carlos Calado
Thursday November 17, 2016 | Thursday March 30, 2017

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.
       Not needing a traditional multi-ton press to achieve good results, Carlos has a portable roller-based press that he will bring along to our workshop space and from which you can draw excellent prints.
       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.

Way of the Brush: Japanese Calligraphy ADD TO CART
Carl Grifo
Friday November 18, 2016 | Friday April 07, 2017

Recent news reports indicate that cursive writing will no longer be taught in Canadian schools. A whole generation will never know the flowing beauty of setting down its thoughts in this elegant and expressive style, or the pleasure of playing with and creating their own distinctive “hand”. Not so in Japan where writing continues to be highly prized and in it most aesthetic form is called “calligraphy” and is considered as one of their culture’s most significant art forms.
       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.
       Note: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Interactive Techniques :
Mixed Media & Dry Point Printing
Lisa Tognon
Saturday November 19, 2016

Widely recognized Quebec artist, Lisa Tognon, joins us for the first time this year to offer an experiential Workshop that combines two normally separate artistic disciplines: painting and printing into one coherent new way of creating art.
       Beginning with a discussion of the creative process through examples of her own work that evoke natural phenomenon and aspects of our culture, Lisa will guide you in the use of “wet media” such as watercolour, ink, acrylic, gouche on a wide range of Japanese papers through a series of exercises.
       Then she will introduce you to the techniques required to prepare a printing plate using the “dry point” process. A print will then be made from it that will be used in creating a final artwork in combination with the preliminary elements already made, thus providing students with experience in both use of several media and printmaking.

Water Media on WashiADD TO CART
Helen Karanika
Saturday November 26, 2016

The receptive surface of washi provides the most luxurious hospitality for many media. In this special course you will experiment with ink, watercolour, gouache, or acrylic—and go with the flow!
       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 either canvases or thick St-Armand paper to make a number of final pieces. Other sections can be used for further collages and experimentation that can take place at home.

The Art of Inclusion: Mixed Media on Washi ADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard
Saturday December 03, 2016

Based on the premise that unity in diversity is a basic principle pertinent to 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 to create cohesive works based on each individual’s own sensibilities. What is most needed in a world of such complexity and differences as ours is a force of attraction that brings us together. The same is true of working with diverse elements to produce a work of art. 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.

Washi Relief Constructs ADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard
Saturday January 21, 2017

Matisse inspired us with his cut outs of shapes which he assembled into walls of playful visual delight. Inspired by his work, this course begins with the same concept but carries it further.
       Students will first cut out many different shapes, either geometric or organic, figurative or abstract, from a wide variety of coloured, textured, patterned and transluscent Japanese papers, thus building a “vocabulary” with which to work.
       These then will be arranged, combined and attached to one another, making compositions of both visually complex elements, and dynamic final form.
       As in all her courses, Lorraine’s helpful hand will be there to guide you along the way, as you seek out your own particular manner of speaking in this new language

Surface Tension: Acrylic Colour on Washi ADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard
Saturday February 18, 2017

       The interaction of the brilliant range of the acrylic colours with the receptivity, absorption, and luminosity of washi is the focus of this workshop. It’s with 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.

Art in Miniature :
Painting & Collage with Washi
Daniela Zekina
Thursday February 23, 2017

It’s only fitting that someone who combines so well the disciplines of both an artist and illustrator should teach a course that explores how beautifully painting and collage can combine with washi.
       Zekina, who joins us for the first time this year, has designed this Workshop for beginners or those already experienced. It will concentrate on creating smaller artwork, believing that limitation in size focuses create energies, and will use the techniques learned at L’École de Beaux-arts Européens where composition and colour are emphasized.
       Students will use gouche, acrylic, watercolour and collage, to create artwork in three dimensions whose subject matter can be either figurative or abstract, while acquiring experience with these media and how they interact with the receptive qualities of Japanese papers.

Painting with Paper: Contemporary Chirigi-eADD TO CART
Danelle Shatz
Saturday February 25, 2017

Traditional Japanese Chirigi-e is an amazing technique in which one “paints” with torn bits of colored washi, to create unbelievably detailed 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
Lorraine Pritchard
Saturday March 25, 2017

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.

Off the Surface: Art Rubbings from Found ObjectsADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard
Thursday April 13, 2017

Instead of making art by painting the world around you, use the world around you as your medium for making art! In this way, every surface becomes a palette of richly variegated textures that can be combined and incorporated into fascinating textural images.
       Rubbings offer a unique way of interacting with our surroundings whose incredible range of relief surfaces present us with innumerable creative possibilities.
       Explore this fascinating way of working 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, air-conditioner grilles, woven baskets, or name plates on ’57 Chevies.
       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
Liesbeth Bos
Thursday April 27, 2017

Long before the era of colour photography, there was one product that brought colour to black and white photos. Its name was “Peerless Watercolour” and we have it 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

Chinese Ink Painting: Landscape ADD TO CART
Jim Holyoak
Saturday April 29, 2017

We are happy to offer this special course in the beautiful and expressive style of ink painting developed by the Chinese over many generations, and similar in effect to the “sumi-e” style of painting practiced in Japan. Jim Holyoak apprenticed with master nightscape painter, Shen Ling Xiang in the town of Yangshuo in southern China. Having completed his MFA in Drawing & Painting at Concordia University, Jim's current practice is a convergence between Eastern and Western, traditional and contemporary, ink paintings techniques.
       Students will learn the fundamentals of freehand brushwork so characteristic of this tradition as well as about Chinese aesthetics, perspective, composition, and philosophy. With four materials—brush, ink, washi and water—an inexhaustible variety of expression is possible. There will be exercises in painting stones, trees, mountains, water, and atmosphere. A variety of methods and mark-making techniques will be explored, including ways to hold and load a brush with ink and how to combine water and ink for different effects.