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Unleash Your Inner Artist

April 25, 2014
Nihonga Art, Mastered
Japan is a country that effortlessly melds new with the old; that embraces technology and yet honours its history, and so it is little surprise that the ancient art of nihonga (Japanese-style painting) still has a respected place and practise in the modern day. This centuries-old art form uses techniques that can take years for even the most skilled of painters to fully master, but thanks to renowned nihonga painter Maria Tanikawa, beginners and experts alike can gain insight into the mysterious tradition.

With over 40 solo and group exhibitions staged in Japan and the US, not to mention years spent teaching her craft in New York, Tanikawa now holds weekly sessions in her Tokyo studio. She’ll provide all the materials required, and guide students in semi-private (or, if you prefer, private) lessons during which iconic nihonga pieces are replicated on shikishi boards or traditional rice paper uchiwa fans, using graphite-based sumi ink, dry jewel pigments and metal-leaf (gold, silver, copper and aluminum). More daring pupils may freestyle by brushing on flowers, animals, or even trying their hand at one of Tanikawa’s abstract works. And of course, at the end of the day your efforts are rewarded with your very own take-home masterpiece. Sugoi!

4B / Maruoka Building / 5-49-7 Jingumae / +86 03 6418 1006 / mariatanikawa.com
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