To introduce the Japanese art form of sumi-e.
To paint a sumi-e employing the three types of lines in Japanese writing and painting.
bamboo brushes #0-#10 (long-haired pointed for calligraphy and wide for bamboo sections and large areas)
sumi(carbon ink sticks)—black
suzuri (ink stone)
white unsized paper
1. Place a small amount of water in the suzuri.
2. Dip the sumi in the water holding it at a ninety degree angle.
3. Rub the sumi, carefully, back and forth over the surface of the suzuri to get a thick, dark ink.
4. Wet the brush to be used thoroughly in water. Remove excess water by stroking the brush on a clean piece of paper.
5. Apply ink to one half of the outside of the brush.
6. Practice using the various brushes to become familiar with the range of widths of lines and intensities of colors.
7. Use the tips and flat sides of the brushes.
8. Compose a simple realistic or abstract sumi. Depict only the most important features. Details, perspective, or color are not included.
9. Allow painting to dry completely.