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Japanese Brush Calligraphy

Duration: One-day workshop
Dates: Sun 25 Aug 2024 10:30 - 17:30
Location: Print Studio

Gain an insight into the ancient art form of ‘Shodo’, the ‘Way of the Brush’. 

Experience an ink grinding meditation to centre and still the mind. Experience drawing a Zen circle, draw numerous characters using different styles of calligraphy, and explore the use of various kinds of brushes.

You will learn how to hold and use a traditional brush, and how to structure a Kanji (a Chinese character). You will practise several styles of brush calligraphy, with the opportunity to use different brushes and work on different scales.

Add the finishing touch to your favourite works by placing the signature in the shape of a name seal.

Excellent class, very knowledgeable tutor, great information thoroughly enjoyed the discussion and practical work.

Brilliant course. Love the history. Loved trying out brushes and techniques.

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Need to know

  • What to bring

We provide everything you'll need, just bring yourself. You are welcome to bring along any inspiration, images or sketchbooks to work from.


  • What to wear

We'll provide aprons and gloves but recommend wearing old cloths as printmaking can be messy. Please note that open-toed footwear and sandals are not allowed.


  • Food & drinks

A sealed water flask or drinking vessel is permitted but other food and drinks are not allowed in the studio.

Meet your tutor

Campbell Sandilands showing an example of Japanese Brush Calligraphy

Campbell Sandilands

Campbell Sandilands is an artist who has been sharing his knowledge of Japanese woodblock printing and brush calligraphy in DCA since 1999. He was taught by Masters of these artforms in Japan and has a wealth of experience in teaching both 'Shodo' and 'Ukiyo-e'.

In partnership with Freelands Foundation

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