Calligraphy and training in the use of the brush has been the primary training of an educated, refined person in the East but also in the West until recently. The principal disciplines of an educated person in Asia are calligraphy, painting and poetry. Craig Thompson has long studied Japanese arts and culture. He has taught Japanese Archery, Calligraphy, and studied Tea Ceremony, Flower Arranging, Martial Arts, Literature, History, and Poetry. We offer workshops in the use of the calligraphy brush and sumi ink to explore both Japanese pictograms, painting techniques and Western calligraphy. We like to include some poetry, mainly japanese haiku, but also Western poetry. Sumi ink work is quite related to watercolor in the west and can easily be integrated but the monochromatic technique has a real depth to it.
Recommended reading for Calligraphy class 1. "Sacred Calligraphy of the East" by John Stevens 2. "Shodo: The Art of Coordinating Mind, Body, and Brush" by William Reed 3. The Sword of No Sword" by John Stevens (Life of Tessu) 4. The Way of the Brush: Painting Techniques of China and Japan" by Fritz Van Briessen 5. "Zen and the Art of Calligraphy: The essence of sho" by Omori Sogen and Terayama Katsujo Translated by John Stevens
6."Oriental Calligraphy and Painting: The 3 B's, Body, Brush, and Breath" by Tomoko Kodama
7."Ki: A Practical Guide for Westerners" by William Reed 8."The Art of Calligraphy: Joining Heaven and Earth" by Chogyam Trungpa
9. The Brush, from your heart: Introduction to SHO and SUMI-E by Aya Itagaki