Join Sumi-e Classes

 


The San Diego Community College Continuing Education spring session started January 31 and ends June 7. Registration is open online or you can register in class.


Registration materials for the FREE classes are available from the instructor.  SDCCD fall classes are held at the following locations:


SPRING CLASSES

Classrooms:

Tuesday: 11:30-2:30pm

North University Branch Library

8820 Judicial Drive, San Diego 92122 (858)581-9637


Wednesday: 6:15-9:15pm

West City Campus Room 124A

3249 Fordham St., San Diego 92110 (619)388-1866 (619)388-1873DSPS


Thursday: 11:15-2:15pm

 Lawrence Family Jewish Center

4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla 92037


Thursday: 12:30-3 pm Serra Mesa-Kearny

Mesa Library


Friday: 9:-12:00pm

Friday: 12:15 to 3:15pm

West City Campus Room 124A

3249 Fordham St., San Diego 92110 (619)388-1866 (619)388-1873DSPS


NOTE: Classes held at off-site locations will follow the calendar of the off-site location.



SPRING SEMESTER CLASS INFORMATION


Asian Brush Painting (Sumi-e) also known as Drawing and Painting 1-2 OA

Course Numbers (CRN) 8108B, 8098F, 8141H, 8105G, 8138E


Course and Instructor Information


This is an introductory through advanced course, designed for older adults 55+ in the art of the Asian round brush using watercolor and ink. This course will explore the principles of art and design of Asian and American cultures in a safe, respectful and positive environment. The student will learn practical applications, using diverse media, to create artworks for personal use and gifts. Painting and actively participating in class will help the student maintain fine and gross motor coordination and socialization skills.

Instructor: Dr. Iris Lowe (Lowe-Reiss) 
Email:drilowe@gmail.com or ilowe@sdccd.edu


SENSEI IRIS PRESENTLY TEACHES 5 CLASSES OF ASIAN BRUSH PAINTING FOR THE EMERITUS PROGRAM OF THE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT.

HER SAN DIEGO MENTOR IS MASTER TEACHER TAKASHI  IJICHI. SHE IS ETERNALLY GRATEFUL TO TAKASHI FOR HIS TOUGH LOVE AND WAS HONORED WHEN HE HANDED THE BATON OVER TO HER IN 2017.


IRIS' LOVE OF BRUSH PAINTING BEGAN AT AGE 3 WHEN SHE VIEWED SUMI-E ON HER GRANDFATHER'S  LIVING ROOM WALL. SHE STARTED USING ASIAN BRUSHES (UNCLE WAS AN IMPORTER/EXPORTER OF ASIAN GOODS)  AT AROUND THE SAME AGE AND HAS NEVER STOPPED.


SHE HAS SEVERAL DEGREES IN FINE ART AND A CERTIFICATE TO TEACH CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING FROM COASTLINE COLLEGE.  SHE BEGAN HER ART CAREER BY TEACHING WESTERN ART IN NEW YORK BUT TOOK A LENGTHY DETOUR AND WORKED

IN THE MEDICAL FIELD FROM 1985 TO 2017. SHE  STARTED TEACHING ART IN AGAIN IN 2006.


IRIS LIVES NEAR THE BEACH. HER HUSBAND AND HIS FAMILY SUPPORT HER ARTISTIC EFFORTS.


Class website: http://www.sdce.edu/emeritus


 Class Schedule and Topics

The school week will run from Wednesday to the following Tuesday for the entire Spring Semester. NOTE: Changes in the order of subjects are possible.

 

Week and Lesson description:

1/31-2/6/18 Crocus

This week, the first of the spring semester, we will paint the early blooming crocus. We will paint these coming up from the ground, in the snow and in vessels such as imari dishes

2/7-2/13/18 Amaryllis and calligraphy

This week we will paint the gorgeous Amaryllis. The type we will be covering is the houseplant species, the hippeastrum. In many parts of San Diego these beautiful plants can be transplanted to the outdoors. Easy English calligraphy will be covered to assist you with card writing for Valentine's Day

2/14-2/20/18 Plum blossoms and lovebirds on a tree branch*No classes on Friday 2/16/18 for President’s Day holiday

In honor of Valentine's Day, we will paint the Winter Gentleman, the plum, along with the loyal monogamous lovebird parrot. The plum blossom is seen as a symbol of winter and a harbinger of spring.

2/21-2/27/18 The 3 Old Friends of winter

Pine, bamboo and plum are traditionally painted together to welcome in the Lunar New Year. They symbolize perseverance and vitality. 

2/28-3/6/18 Cyclamen plant and Year of the Dog sketching of Asian dogs

The graceful 5 petals cyclamen is in bloom. We will paint the blossoms and their heart shaped leaves. We will learn about the anatomy of dogs and sketch them to prepare us for painting the following week. 

3/7-3/13/18 Dogs 2. Also there will be last minute preparations for the student show and display of paintings in Balboa Park.  

We will paint the lunar New Year dogs that we sketched the prior week. Students will also prepare their finished and polished painting, ready to display at home or in a student art gallery. 

3/14-3/20/18 Swallows *Friday classes will take place at Casa del Prado in Balboa Park

The miracle of the “Swallows” of Capistrano takes place each year at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Swallows migrate 6,000 miles from Goya, Argentina to San Juan Capistrano in Orange County during this season. According to legend, they will all arrive on 3/19/18. Find out more in class

3/21-3/23/18 and 4/3/18 Torii Gate * Tuesday class will paint the torii gate on 4/3 after Spring break

 

Prior to 1948 the vernal equinox week was a time for those of the Shinto faith to return home and remember their lost love ones. Today in Japan, this holiday has been secularized and 3/2/18 is a national holiday. The Torii gate is often found at entrances to Shinto shrines. It symbolizes the passage between the physical and the spiritual worlds. We will paint them as objects of architectural beauty. 

3/26-3/31/18 No school. Spring break runs from 3/26-3/31/18. 

4/4-4/10/18 Hong Kong Orchid tree and Grass Orchid

The Bauhinia blakeana, Hong Kong Orchid tree is finishing up its blooming season so we will paint it before it loses its spectacular flowers. For those who've never painted the Spring Gentleman, the grass orchid will be covered in this lesson as well. 

4/11-4/17/18 Lighthouses

We will paint our local Cabrillo lighthouse and others throughout the world.  How to paint them in Sumi (black ink) and color using Sumi-e strokes will be covered.

4/18-4/24/18 Swans and Willow

Water birds and willow trees are very traditional in Asian brush painting. They are often painted together in the spring season.

4/24-4/27/18 Desert plant

We will paint a plant TBA typically found in the desert environment with a striking and dramatic sky

5/2-5/8/18 Balinese dancers

 Folds and “thick-thin” strokes will be used to create the dancers outfits and movements. This is a good time to use metallic watercolor paints for the elaborate headpieces and other accessories.

5/9-5/15/18 Tropical landscape

Creating an easy landscape using 1-point Western and Asian aerial perspectives, with hake and fine line brushes

5/16-5/22/18 Magpies

This bird is often depicted in Asian paintings. There are blue and white as well as black and white magpies

523-5/29/18 Plumeria

Plumeria grow in many San Diego gardens but are indigenous to Mexico and Polynesia. We will paint these fragrant beauties in white, yellow and pink tones. 

5//29-6/5/18 Final composition and the state flag bear

 Students will create a composition using a minimum of 2 techniques and 3 subjects for the final project. For example a landscape with roses, trees and figures using a hake brush with a graded wash. 

Wednesday 6/6/18 and Thursday 6/7/18 *The semester ends on Thursday, 6/7/18. No classes on Friday 6/8/18

 Prepare paper to make a Japanese style mash painting. Mash paper painting aka Gonbi is done with fine line and layered blending techniques.


Pictured above: Sensei Takashi Ijichi

Below: Sensei Iris Lowe-Reiss


NEW!

Japanese ink painting (sumi-e) class with Sensei Michiyo Kirkpatrick (pictured below)












The class is at Serra Mesa Kearny Mesa Library, (Community Room) 

9005 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123


Thursdays, February 1  through June 7, 12:30 pm - 3 pm


The free class is offered through San Diego Community College Continuing Ed Emeritus 55+ program.


Registration is done in class at the library on Thursdays.


Beginners are welcome.

You will learn how to create beautiful tones of Japanese sumi ink and paint with unique Japanese brush style.


Class is taught slow-paced step by step, and really relaxed.


This is a 18-week course and open enrollment. That means, you can come to the class anytime you wish. Even if you miss the registration days above, you can still walk-in to take a class.


All you will need is supplies (approximately $30-40 and you can get the materials after you receive a supply list from me).


So if you are interested, please come to the library to register on Thursday, February 1 or February 8 from 12:30 pm - 3 pm. 


If you want to register but can’t come to the library on those days above, please contact me at the email below. You can still enroll.  Iloveramona@yahoo.com


Hope to see you in the Japanese brush painting class at Serra Mesa Kearny Mesa Library!


Warm regards,


Michiyo Kirkpatrick 

CLASS MATERIALS AND CLASS BEHAVIOR

To help ensure that brush painting classes are a time of learning in a productive, calm, and quiet setting, a list of class materials is available, as well as suggestions for class behavior. As a reminder, sensei means an elder, a scholar, a teacher or professor and is also used to show respect to a person who has achieved a level of mastery in an art form or other skill. Let’s show our respect to our sensei Takashi and help him to provide all of his students with a calm and thoughtful instructional experience. Click When you are in class.docx for a printable handout.