Japanese Ink Painting (sumi-e) Short Course with Junko Azukawa

Level: Beginner / All levels
Ages: This course is designed for adults
(Students aged 14 -18 who are studying art may be able to attend, please contact us to discuss suitability)


November 3-week Short Course – Limited places remaining!

  • Dates: Wednesdays; 10-Nov, 17-Nov, 24-Nov, 2021 – 3 classes
  • Time: 10:30am – 1:00pm
  • Location: MAC Glenferrie Studio (Level 1, 817B Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn)
  • Course fee: $260 incl. GST

Award-winning Japanese Ink (sumi-e) artist and teacher, Junko Azukawa, will guide you through painting four traditional images that contain the basic strokes that every sumi-e artist masters: The Four Gentlemen.

Junko Azuwaka

The Four Gentlemen is a collective noun for four plants.

They represent the four seasons and originated in Chinese art in the 960s AD. Many neighbouring countries, including Japan, adopted the four gentlemen into their traditional art practises.

Beginner sumi-e artists focus on The Four Gentlemen because of their refined beauty, and the fundamental brushstrokes used to create them.

The Four Gentlemen, Sharlene Cline

Over the course, you will learn how to paint:

  • Orchid
  • Bamboo
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Plum blossom

During this practical course, Junko will also teach you how to:

  • Grind Japanese ink using stone
  • Mix different shades of ink
  • Hold the brush
  • Explore painting with an empty mind

This course is open to complete beginners and intermediate artists. Our classes are limited to ensure one-on-one tuition, and all materials are included in the course fee.


Enrolment details


Dates: Wednesdays; 10-Nov, 17-Nov, 24-Nov, 2021 – 3 classes
Time: 10:30am – 1:00pm
Location: MAC Glenferrie Studio (Level 1, 817B Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn)
Materials: All materials included
Course fee: $260 incl. GST


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    Feedback from past students

    “A most enjoyable class. Junko provided technical advice to really enable a clear understanding of the technique required and she was super lovely to boot!” – Ricci, 2019

    “Junko was very attentive & willing to extend any interest. An absolute pleasure to be in Junko’s class.” – Sally, 2019