Practice the elegant art of Japanese Calligraphy or Shodo 書道: "the way of writing" across six sessions lead by Ms. Satomi China, the head of he Japan Calligraphy Washington DC West branch.
This 6-class course focuses on kanji and phrases that can be used for greeting cards and holiday cards. The class will culminate with students being able to write their own greeting cards using Japanese calligraphy, just in time for the holiday season! Students will utilize all three Japanese alphabets- hiragana, katakana, and kanji: 和 信 福、 幸 愛 ハッピーホリデー、メリークリスマス、あけましておめでとう。など
Instructor: Ms. Satomi China
Satomi Shoko China started learning calligraphy at age four. Currently, she is the head of the Japan Calligraphy Washington DC West branch. Previously, she studied under Suichiku Emura, a designated national heritage calligraphy artist. In 1989 she received her pen name “Shoko (brilliant light)” from Harada Kanpou, the founder of Nihon Shuji. She began practicing her art in the Kanpou hall in NYC from 1996, and proposed an “opera calligraphy performance” through art therapy and music therapy. In addition to the Soho Puffin Gallery and NY Orensanz Museum, she guest appeared in numerous art shows in Japan and the US and received favourable reviews. She is currently concentrating her efforts on raising the next generation of artists and promulgating artistic cultural technique.
Since this class will be held online, registrants are asked to prepare their own brushes, ink, and paper.
JASWDC typically purchases supplies for the class from Plaza Art. Calligraphy kits are also available online at a variety of price points through sites like Amazon, and while some suggested kits are listed below, JASWDC has never purchased them before and cannot vouch for their quality. If you would prefer not to purchase all the traditional equipment but would still like to take the class, a pen brush and sketchbook are perfectly acceptable supplies to use. China-sensei can help you improve your calligraphy skills, regardless of which supplies you use!
Plaza Art Supplies: