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Sumi-e Art for Beginners
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Date: Sunday/ August 26 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Cost: $150

Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

Location: Cole Art Studio, located on the lower level of Cole Gallery. 107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020

Ancient and beautiful, Sumi-e (or ink wash) paintings are full of simple elegance and harmony, of vitality and yet at the same time restrained. Do you find this intriguing? Want to give it a try? This is the workshop for you! Grab a friend and get ready to have a ball! Painting in the traditional Sumi-e style is a wonderful form of artistic expression in itself.

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If you are already a watercolorist, Sumi-e painting is a great way to improve your watercolor techniques!
This 1-day workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of creating Sumi-e art. It will include demo, hands-on learning, and Sumi-e background, including an introduction into Eastern Painting techniques and design. Joe will bring it home, teaching you how to use these Eastern techniques with Western tools – our brushes and pens - and some new composition and design principles. You’ll learn about Sumi materials like the special paper and brushes, brushwork, and how to paint with efficiency, simplicity, rhythm and tempo. And how not to overpaint!

Get ready for an amazing day improving your techniques and learning some great new skills!

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Supply List:

You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.  Artspot's Web Site

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at


Sumi 3 brush set: 1 small, 1 medium, 1 large (Available at Art Spot)

Sumi-E paper (Thick Xuan) 30 to 40 sheets, 9”x12”
Watercolor Paper: Arches 140lb cold-pressed – 1 sheet

Red, Blue, Yellow and White Sumi-e color kit (or Chinese watercolor set at ARTspot)

Water-Soluble Inks and Pens:

  • Speedball Elegant Writer 4-pen Calligraphy Set
  • Professional Grade Black Sumi Ink, bottle or tube
  • Daler Rowney: Lemon Yellow, Cyan, Magenta, Black – 1 oz.

Paper towels
Small water misting bottle
Watercolor brushes if you have them

Instructor will provide:
Palette - 8 small, wax coated paper dishes

Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio before your class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. Note: To ensure your order can be filled, please order as early as possible.