beppe mokuza, dimostrazione, enso, sumi-e, poema
COURSES FOR SCHOOLS
Beginner Level Courses are comprised of 6 to 7 lessons of two hours each.
For those who wish to continue, more advanced training can be arranged. Applicants are expressly requested to complete the course they have begun since teachers in the west use a progressive method of short lessons for courses, rather than the six-month, annual or ten-year courses traditional in the East. In this way, progress can be gradually monitored and continuous .  Course Content
• A brief introduction to the meaning of bamboo in Sumi-e painting;
•Presentation of materials: paper, brushes, black ink and the ink stone;
• Presentation of images to be copied, branches, knots and leaves in order to complete the bamboo model on paper;
•Presentation of a model made by the instructor.

  Method
• “Sumi-e” is a method of painting based initially on learning in direct contact with the instructor either by copying models made by him/her or taken from classic works of art.
•In “Sumi-e”, “skill”, “technical perfection” or “talent” are not essential: anyone can learn as long as they follow the spirit of the instructor and his/her instructions based on intuition.
It is a way of painting that requires consistency and willingness to enter into its spirit. Sumi-e is conveyed by the instructor through his/her body language and spirit.
• The relationship between the instructor and the student is based on reciprocity and enrichment, in which the individual relationship is fundamental to overcoming the difficulties that each individual encounters.
• Students work together in small groups in a naturally calm, quiet, atmosphere of concentration and harmony. There is no competitiveness regarding results, just the patient work of repetition and refinement of one’s own sensibility for unique expression and fluidity of gesture, as if producing a flower, rock, or bamboo were a natural emanation of one’s body.

  What is needed
• A well lit quite and comfortable room, with one or two large tables or individual tables for each student .

  List of materials
• Diluted black ink;
• Medium Chinese brushes;
• Rice paper for final subject (test);
• Rolls of paper towels or plain napkins;
• Paper cups;
• ‘Butcher’ paper (dull grey paper).

  Course details
• The course is addressed to single classes and offers an availability of seats for 25-30 people (maximum).
• The suggested time frame is from January to June 2013 with 5 meetings of two hours each, the class schedule is to be agreed on together with the school teachers, based on the students’ needs.

A free practical and theoretical demonstration of Sumi-e painting will be provided for teachers and students lasting about one hour. Overall cost is € 20.00 (per participant) for seven 2-hour lessons; the above listed material is provided for by the instructor free of charge.

RESIDENTIAL COURSES, PAINTING DAYS, EXHIBITIONS AND OTHER INITIATIVES
Residential seminars and days dedicated to Sumi-e, Zenga and Suybokuga painting are organized for groups of children, adults, and differently able individuals.
Exhibitions also take place in informal locations; conferences are held and practical demonstrations are given to a wide variety of people and whoever is curious about approaching artistic expression in a “new” way and experiencing it directly is welcome.