'Seasons' Calligraphy Workshop with Aoi Yamaguchi - August 29th 2021
'Seasons' is a calligraphy workshop taught by Aoi Yamaguchi that focuses on the beauty of nature, and the seasonal transitions we go through captured in poetry.
During this unique hands-on workshop, you will be introduced to classic haiku poems themed for summer. You will learn and practice basic Japanese calligraphy “Shodo” skills, through the meditative calligraphy process finding the balance between the mind and body. The instructor will go over the basics: how to hold the brush and control the brush, proper posture, how to take care of tools and materials, getting to know with Japanese paper and Sumi inks.
Participants will practice the chosen kigo (seasonal word) on regular hanshi paper first, inspired by some haikus introduced during the session, and then write on a blank Japanese uchiwa fan as a final piece for a little souvenir to take home!
The workshop will take place inside and is limited to 5 participants.
Date and Time:
Sunday August 29th, 2021
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Inside the Tortoise General Store - 12701 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90066
Masks will be worn by the instructor and participants. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We will have disposable masks available if needed.
The workshop is designed for the adult beginners. No prior experience is necessary. Let the beautiful poems unfold your imagination, let your brushes explore your creativity.
All calligraphy supplies and materials will be provided for you to work on Japanese calligraphy during the workshop. Price of supplies included with the workshop fee.
History of Instructor:
Born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan, Aoi Yamaguchi has been trained to master the basics of calligraphy by learning under the Master Zuiho Sato since at the age of 6, while refining her knowledge and skills. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the First Place prize from the Minister of Education at 44th Asahi Calligraphy Nationwide School Exhibit, Superior First Place at 33rd National Students Calligraphy Exhibition and others that are known as the supreme prizes at competitive public exhibitions. As a noteworthy event, she was nominated to participate in the group, 4th Hokkaido Elementary and Junior High Students Visit to China in 2000, representing the country of Japan and participated in calligraphy exchange sessions at Palace of Pupils of China.
Since landed in the U.S. in 2004, she has performed and exhibited her works in many galleries, museums, universities and festivals in the United States, across Europe, and Japan. Her works show her exploration in juxtaposing the traditional Eastern classics and her contemporary artistic expressions, as well as her unique ambition of transforming two-dimensional art of Japanese Calligraphy into the art of physical expression through performances. Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Yamaguchi continues her work on her conceptual calligraphy installations, exhibitions, and performances as she continues to push the boundaries of traditional Eastern classics and contemporary artistic expression.
Workshop fees are final sale.