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

Level: Beginner / All skill levels
Ages: This course is suitable for adults and students aged 14+


Online Short Course Workshop Details SOLD OUT!

  • Date: Tuesdays, 28-Sept, 5-Oct, 12-Oct, 19-Oct, 26-Oct, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Location: online, via zoom
  • Course fee: $530 incl. GST (includes a materials pack and delivery within Australia)*

Award-winning Japanese Ink (sumi-e) artist and teacher, Junko Azukawa, will host this 5 week online short course, allowing you to learn the ancient art of sumi-e from the comfort of your own home. Participants will receive a materials pack to use at home.

Sumi-e is the ancient art of Japanese brush painting. Traditionally, paintings feature subjects from nature, such as flowers and birds. There is much more to creating an image during the process of Japanese ink painting; it is also meditative practice.

The experience of Sumi-e brings a sense of peace and harmony to the artist, and finished artworks are created to arouse the same sense of joy and tranquillity in the viewer.

The 5 weeks will cover different traditional Japanese Ink subjects including:

  • Week 1 – Introduction & Subject: Bamboo
  • Week 2 – Subject: Orchid
  • Week 3 – Subject: Plum blossoms
  • Week 4 – Subject: Koi fish & Goldfish
  • Week 5 – Subject: Mountains & trees
Junko Azukawa

During this practical course, students will:

  • Grind their own ink using stone
  • Mix different shades of ink
  • Learn how to hold the brush
  • Explore painting with an empty mind
  • Experiment creating different brushstrokes
  • Create traditional images

Junko is an award-winning artist. She has exhibited widely in Japan and Australia, and her work, Bamboo Grove and the dragonfly, is in the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Victoria.

All materials are provided and will be posted to participants prior to the course commencing. Places are limited students to ensure one-on-one tuition.


Enrolment details


Dates: Tuesday 28-Sep, 5-Oct, 12-Oct, 19-Oct, 26-Oct, 2021
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: online, via zoom
Materials: All materials included (participants will receive a pack in the mail)
Course fee: $530 incl. GST (includes a materials pack and delivery within Australia)*
*Please note that enrolments will close Monday 20th September to ensure time to deliver materials.


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    Student feedback

    “I enjoyed the class and would highly recommend it to people. The time went quickly, content great and the materials are lovely to use. I’m not sure how it could be improved as I enjoyed the class how it was. I liked the space the class was held in and I liked the number of attendees (class not too big).” – Heather, 2019

    “It was a very enjoyable afternoon with a very knowledgeable teacher. The small class allowed her to interact with each of us individually.” – Phyllis, 2019

    “I enjoyed myself very much. Junko is so relaxed and lovely teacher. She makes it look so easy!! Venue was good and cool.” – Dana, 2019

    “I would definitely recommend this course to others – Definitely, the relaxed friendly atmosphere and Junko’s knowledge. As an introductory course, the content was very good.  I also appreciated the tips and advice on technique given.  The ink and grindstone were good, and the opportunity to use two types of paper was good, it demonstrated how critical paper choice. This is my second class I have taken at Melbourne Art Class, I will continue to look out for courses.  I think the courses you run are great, thanks for doing so.” – Ken, 2018

    “Loved it! Can’t wait to come and do another course!” – Victoria, 2018

    “Overall experience was fantastic! We enjoyed it a lot and Junko showed us lots of interesting tricks too!  Would definitely sign up for another class again. Junko is a very talented artist and most importantly she knows how to teach and demonstrated the technique to the class many times until we fully understood it.  She pays attention to every student equally.” – Grace, 2018

    “Amazing how much was covered in such a short time! Enjoyed it and loved the Junko’s happy and calm way of presenting.” – Evelyn, 2018

    “I really enjoyed this class and Junko is such a lovely tutor.” – Ann, 2018