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Sumi-e Brush Painting Workshop: Flowers

Schedule and location

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$75.00 member
$88.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Sumi-e is the Japanese word for “black ink painting” a style of art in which the brush strokes capture the spirit (Ch’i) of nature rather than a photographic likeness. Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush.

In this workshop, you will learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with this minimalist approach of brush painting. We will view examples of the art form and then try your hand at a simple brush painting using photographs of flowers as inspiration.

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Patricia Larkin Green, sumi-e artist

Patricia Larkin Green is a sumi-e artist and oil painter who has won many awards for her work including the prestigious “Award of Excellence” from the Jade Buddha Temple, in AnShan City, China several years in a row. She has been teaching at Morton Arboretum since 2016. www.patricialarkingreen.com

Course details

Notes: No art experience necessary. Limit 15


  • Set of 3 Basic Sumi-e Brushes.
  • Option 1: $14.95 3 traditional brushes from Blue Heron Arts (Good quality brushes-great value)
  • Option 2: $9.59 Blick Brown Hair Sumi Brush set of 3 brushes (Blick brushes are lower quality and tend to fall apart and can be frustrating but are convenient if you just want to try)
  • Option 3: For those who would like a complete sumi-e kit, you can purchase the Oriental Art Supply Sumi-e Kit for $46.75. This includes the brushes along with other materials needed to continue the practice on your own.
  • 2 Cups for water  One for clean water to dilute the ink, one for washing the brushes.
  • Paperweights (or anything smooth to hold down the corners of your paper)

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Sumi-e Brush Painting Workshop: Flowers