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    Workshop in public

    Junko holds Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) and painting (Sumi-e) workshops around Melbourne, monthly classes in Eltham and one-off workshops at galleries, schools, organizations and cultural events. Junko can work with you to create a program to meet your needs from 45 mins to whole day introductory experience workshops.

    In the workshop, you will prepare your own ink then learn to make and use different Sumi ink tones and brush techniques to create traditional Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) and ink painting (Sumi-e) on rice paper.

    With Sumi-e, you will learn to feel and capture the meaning of objects from nature with your interpretation then you will express the objects variously with brush pressure, rhythm, tones and confidence in your strokes. You'll not only learn brush stroke techniques but also experience the whole process and understand yourself through your work.

    With Shodo, you will learn various brush techniques, calligraphy styles, stroke order and balance of Japanese characters as well as the history of calligraphy and the meaning of Japanese characters so you don't need to know any Japanese to begin. 

    Living & Learning Centre Nillumbik (Shodo/Sumi-e)

    739 Main Rd, Eltham VIC

    This is a monthly workshop - come to one or come to them all. You will learn something different each time and your practice will improve. You will be able to learn both calligraphy (Shodo) and painting (Sumi-e) of your choice.

    15 Feb 2020, Sat, 10am - 1pm (beginners)

    21 Mar 2020, Sat, 10am - 1pm (ongoing)

    details and booking:

    (03) 9433 3744

    KAMI (Sumi-e/Stamp making)

    217 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC

    7 Dec 2019, Sat, 10am - 12pm - Learning how to paint Bamboo and dragonfly

    7 Dec 2019, Sat, 2pm - 4pm - Making your own stamp


    22 Feb 2020, Sat, 10am - 12pm - Learning how to paint Cherry blossoms and peony

    22 Feb 2020, Sat, 2pm - 4pm - Making your own stamp

    25 April 2020, Sat, 10am - 12pm - Learning how to paint Koi fish and goldfish

    22 April 2020, Sat, 2pm - 4pm - Making your own stamp

    details and booking:


    (03) 9433 3744

    Artist Society of Canberra (Shodo/Sumi-e/Stamp making)

    Summer Art Experience

    Venue: Mt Stromlo High School

    220 Badimara St, Waramanga ACT

    6 - 10 Jan 2020, 9:30am - 4pm

    details and booking: www.asoc.net.au

    Princes Hill Community Centre (Shodo/Sumi-e)

    Rear 270 Macpherson St, Princes Hill VIC

    4 May 2019, Sat, 1pm - 4pm

    23 Nov 2019, Sat, 1pm - 4pm

    details and booking:
    (03) 9387 7740

    Melbourne Art Class (Sumi-e)

    817B Glenferrie Rd, Howthorn VIC

    (level 1, via the laneway about 50m south of the Barkers Rd intersection)

    29 Feb 2020, Sat, 2pm - 5pm (half day)

    6 June 2020, Sat, 10am - 3pm (all day)

    details and booking:


    Melbourne Art Class (Sumi-e 2 week short course)

    817B Glenferrie Rd, Howthorn VIC

    (level 1, via the laneway about 50m south of the Barkers Rd intersection)

    22 Aug 2020, Sat, 10am - 1pm

    29 Aug 2029, Sat, 10am - 1pm

    The Four Gentlemen - Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum, Plum blossom

    Junko will guide you through painting four traditional images that contain the basic strokes that every Sumi-e artist masters: The Four Gentlemen.


    The Four Gentlemen is a collective noun for four plants. They represent the four seasons and originated in Chinese art in the 960s AD. Many neighbouring countries, including Japan, adopted the four gentlemen into their traditional art practises. 

    Beginner Sumi-e artists focus on The Four Gentlemen because of their refined beauty, and the fundamental brushstrokes used to create them.

    details and booking:


    YAVA Gallery & Arts Hub (Sumi-e)

    252 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC

    14 March 2020, Sat, 1pm - 4pm

    details and booking:


    (03) 5906 1149

    Box Hill Community Arts Centre (Sumi-e)

    470 Station St, Box Hill VIC

    10 May 2020, Sun, 10am - 12pm

    10 May 2020, Sun, 12:30pm - 2:30pm

    details and booking:

    (03) 9895 8833

    Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre (Shodo & Sumi-e)

    157 Union Rd, Surrey Hills VIC

    7 March 2020, Sat, 10am - 12pm - Shodo

    7 March 2020, Sat, 1pm - 4pm - Sumi-e

    details and booking:


    (03) 9890 2467

    Emerald Art Society (Sumi-e)

    Cnr Church & Anne St, Emerald VIC

    8 June 2019, Sat, 10:30am - 1:30pm

    details and booking:


    0408 553 325 (Wendy Lindrea)

    Yama Ki (All day Japanese ink art and Shiatu retreat in forest)

    1284 Don Rd, Don Valley VIC

    2 May 2020, Sat, 10:30am - 4:30pm - Postponed

    Creative flow within nature - Japanese ink art & shiatsu retreat

    A free & creative style Japanese ink art & shiatsu massage retreat hosted at Hill’n’dale farm cottages. Set amongst the mountain ash forest, this retreat will get your creativity flowing, inspired by nature and supported by shiatsu bodywork.

    This full day retreat includes all art materials and ink art facilitation, introductory private shiatsu massage treatment to support your creative flow, and wholesome organic tea & lunch. 


    Full day retreat cost $185/person


    bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=583641&

    Accomodation for Friday and/or Saturday night in our one & two bedroom cottages are also available exclusively for retreat participants. Please email Phuong, admin@hillndalefarmcottages.com.au if you’d like to book accomodation.

    Recent invited workshops



    National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.

    St Ita’s Catholic Primary School, Melbourne.

    St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Melbourne.

    St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Primary School, Melbourne. 

    Genazzano FCJ College, Melbourne.

    Hobsons Bay Arts Society, Melbourne.

    Ashby Primary School, Melbourne.

    Westbourne Grammar School, Melbourne.

    Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre, Melbourne.

    Arts Inspire, Melbourne.

    Nunawading Christian College, Melbourne.

    Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne.

    Convenant College, Melbourne.

    Strathcona Girls Grammar School, Melbourne.

    Presbyterian Ladies' College, Melbourne.

    Williamstown North Primary School, Melbourne.

    Victoria University, Melbourne.

    SEABUZZ Restaurant, Melbourne.

    Cheltenham Primary School, VIC.
    Kingswood College, VIC.
    North Ringwood Community House, VIC.
    Essendon Keilor College, VIC.
    Chisholm Institute, Melbourne.

    Parkdale Secondary College, Melbourne.

    Chanoyu Spa, Melbourne.
    International Conference In Health Care, Melbourne.
    Lion Nathan Conference, Crown Casino, Melbourne.
    Art Education Victoria Conference, Melbourne.
    No Vacancy, Melbourne.
    Peer Gallery, Sydney.
    Boroondara Park Primary School, Melbourne.
    St Anne's Primary school, Melbourne.
    Solway Primary School, Melbourne.
    Haileybury College, Melbourne.
    Melton Secondary College, VIC.
    Kilvington Girls' Grammar School, Melbourne.
    The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, Melbourne.
    Simonds Catholic College, Melbourne.
    Made In Japan, Melbourne.
    Orchard Grove Primary School, Melbourne.
    Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Melbourne.
    The Centre Connecting Community, Melbourne.
    Templestowe Park Primary School.
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School.
    RMIT University, Melbourne.
    Mount Waverley Secondary College, Melbourne.
    Ikebana International, Melbourne.
    Ivanhoe Grammar School, Melbourne.
    St Columba's College, Melbourne.
    Xavier College, Melbourne.