Burghley House | Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting Workshop
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14 Aug 2024

Tours, Talks & Workshops

Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting Workshop

Discover this thousand-year-old practice that is both a form of expression and a way of setting the mind

Sumi-e was introduced into Japan by Zen monks, where reality is expressed by reducing it to its pure, bare form. The Japanese term ‘sumi’ means ‘black ink’ and ‘e’ means painting.

Using simple black ink on rice paper this mindful way of painting encourages you to paint from nature, embracing any mistakes and incorporating that into your work. The Sumi-e experience of painting aims to bring peace and harmony to the artist, and the finished pieces are intended to inspire the same sense of tranquillity and joy in the viewer.

In this beginner’s workshop expert tutor Jurga Villlimaite will take you through the ‘four treasures’ of Sumi-e: the paper, the brush, the ink and the ink stone. You’ll learn how to prepare ink, how to choose and hold Sumi-e brushes, about the varieties of Japanese paper and how the traditional black ink can be manipulated to produce a range of effects. You’ll then have the chance to use your learnings to paint an object of your choice with Jurga on hand to guide you.

About your workshop host

Jurga Villimaite started her art journey at the Art Academy in Vilnius, Lithuania and went on to study at the Sumi-e school of D. Doksaite. She moved to London in 2004 where she now creates, works and teaches.

No previous experience or equipment is required, just bring yourself and enjoy the creative process with Jurga.

A Treasures from the East workshop

Our Treasures from the East events are inspired by this year’s Treasury Exhibition and offer a chance to explore the fascinating skills and traditions of the Far East.

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Event information

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14 August


9am - 12 Noon


Cheke Room, The Brewhouse



Additional Information

All painting materials are provided. Minimum age 16 years old.

Complimentary tea and coffee are provided during the workshop.

Accessibility | We will endeavour to meet individual needs where we can, please get in touch with us by email to discuss any requirements before booking.

In line with our standard Terms & Conditions, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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