Welcome to the journey of Chinese calligraphy and brush painting, it is also called Japanese Sumi-e painting. It is tradition to begin with the Four Gentlemen subjects: Plum, Orchid, Bamboo, and Chrysanthemum. Along with Chinese Calligraphy, these subjects provide a rich training ground for developing the tools to explore all the other subjects.
Comments from class members:
I have been taking Chinese Brush Painting and Meditation from Suemae Lin Willhite since January, 2013. With no prior formal art training, I've been delighted by what a joyful process it's been to start from making "Happy Dots" with a brush and ink, to learn Chinese calligraphy, and then explore brush painting subjects including bamboo, orchid, butterfly and lotus with Chinese watercolors. Suemae has such infectious energy and a genuine love of her art form. Each class begins with a meditation led by Suemae, setting an atmosphere of peaceful spirit which invites the flow of creative energy. She demonstrates each step of the lessons, and then works individually with each student at whatever level they may be.
How fortunate we are to have such an authentic teacher who lives by the principles of the art she is passing on to others!
I would highly recommend this class to anyone interested in learning
an ancient art that requires discipline and practice yet gives back a relaxing, rewarding experience. Bette S. of Ojai
Chinese calligraphy class and Suemae are a gift to our community. I think we are so fortunate to have a master from Taiwan at SBCC. Some of the benefits of practicing calligraphy include: Learning a meditative skill, Personal discipline, Developing an understanding and appreciation of Chinese language and culture. Donna of Colorado
Suemae's class allows her students to fully experience and appreciate the beautiful and classic art of Chinese calligraphy and brush painting! Also, she provides historical background to this art form that enriches the students’ experience. Lizzie of Northridge, CA
Art supplies & class room expectation:
Most asked questions:
1. What to bring to class on the first day?
You don't have to bring anything to class on the first day. Suemae has extra brushes and ink for you to use during class on the first day.
Suemae will explain Chinese art supplies on the first day of your workshop. Art supplies are available for your purchase throughout the term.
We will use Chinese Ink, Chinese brushes, Chinese chip colors or Chinese watercolors. Double Shuen paper. We accept credit cards, cash, and local checks, and paypal to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Square is available!
2. FYI, Beginner students: It is the traditional way to learn the Chinese calligraphy basic strokes, they are the fundamental to this art form. After you become proficient with these 15 strokes, than you will be ready to paint. It good for all of us to learn to slow down and established a good foundation to begin this journey.
3. We will begin a mindful meditation before we begin each class. Please arrive to class on time, so you can quiet your body, mind, and spirit!
We want to preserved a quiet & peaceful environment in the class room, please turn your Cell-Phone off! Thank you! I am looking forward to share this wonderful experience with you! Suemae
Workshops with Suemae in Santa Barbara:
Students will be instructed on supplies, techniques, and processes of Chinese calligraphy and brush painting.
2018 Summer session II term thru SBCC/School Of Extended Learning: www.SBCC.edu
Please register thru www.sbcc.edu. Select: Non-Credit, 2018 Spring Term, and the course number below:
You will need to set up a NEW log-in & pass word ASAP, sign up available as of April 20, 2018. If you don’t get into my class, please put yourself on the waiting list.
Summer Session 2: CRN 81299,
6 Mondays & Wednesdays
Dates: from July 2 to August 8, 2018. Class time: 1-4 pm
Location: Wake Center,300 N. Turnpike,
Room #7,SB, CA. (805) 964-6853
All Skill Levels Are Welcome
2018 Fall Workshops at SBCC/SEL:
8 Tuesdays, August 28 to October 16, 9am-12:25pm.
8 Wednesdays, August 29 to October 17, 1-4:25pm.
Sign up in late July? check online at SBCC.EDU/SEL
2018 Chinese Calligraphy & Brush Painting Workshops with Suemae at The Carpinteria Arts Center.
Fall, 2018 workshops to be determined: Saturdays or Sundays, 1-4 Pm.
Tuition cost per student: $60.00 member, $65 non-member
Material fee is included in tuition, includes one brush and ink to use during class. Paper and calligraphy instructional handouts to take home.
Register online or at the Gallery: www.carpinteriaartscenter.org
Location: 855 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA . 805-568-3990
Private lessons are available:
After July 15, 2018
INDIVIDUAL lesson, $75/hour
Group of TWO STUDENTS, $40/hour per person
Group of THREE STUDENTS, $30/hour per person
For larger groups, please inquire.
3 hours is most ideal, 2 Hours Minimum.
(Private lessons, all your supplies are included)
To reserved your space, & please provide the following information:
Experience: non is required.
Lectures & Demonstrations to schools or private groups are available upon request.
Private lessons are available upon request!