Society Meetings

Friends of Taka Sumi-e society workshop meetings are held the first Saturday of every month, September through May, in Room 104, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, 9 to 11:30 am. A brief FOT membership meeting follows the workshop, 11:30 to noon.  Please bring your own tea mug. Hot water and tea are provided. A potluck is voluntary.  (Alternative locations to Room 104 will be announced.)

Benefits of joining Friends of Taka Sumi-e

Workshops, museum field trips, outdoor field trips to sketch and paint in nature, potlucks, holiday parties, and the annual art show and fashion show at San Diego beautiful Balboa Park are just some of the opportunities students have to expand their knowledge of sumi-e and to enjoy socializing with fellow students.

For NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERS, click MEMBERSHIP FORM 2015.pdf  Keep the top half of the form for your records; return the bottom half  to Stephanie Mast.

Annual Membership Fees Deadline

Yearly membership, which runs from October to the following September, is $20.

Mail your check to:

Stephanie Mast, Membership Chair

1801 Ratcliff Rd.,

Carlsbad, CA 92008

Or contact Stephanie at, or call 760-729-6302.

Message from the President,

May 6, 2017 marked a landmark event for our society.  Although we are sad that we don't see Takashi-San every week at class, we are most happy for him.  Takashi-San has now been lifted from the responsibility of preparing and teaching the classes week after week.  He can choose to do whatever he likes with his time.  I can relate to that sense of freedom that comes with retirement.  However, soon enough, I think he will find himself busier than ever.  

Again, putting the celebration together was a team effort.  I couldn't be more grateful to work with such wonderful and giving friends to make this event filled with memorable and joyful moments for our Sensei.


Also, would like to honor our new sensei, Iris Lowe, for doing a wonderful job.  Teaching the classes is a real commitment and involves very thoughtful preparations.


We have an opportunity to teach youths at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Friends of Taka Sumi-e will lead three workshops in July.  The dates, times and grade levels are as follows:


Thursday, July 13th from  9AM to 10:30 AM, Grades 1-2

Thursday, July 20th from 1PM to 2:30 PM, Grades 3-5

Thursday, July 27th from 9AM to 10:30 AM, Grades 6-8


For each group, currently has six kids registered.  Last year there were about 15 registered in each group but there's still time for more registrants.


Gaye Lingley will take the July 27th group so if anyone wants to volunteer to work with her, that would be nice.  We can work in pairs or small groups to plan and carry out each of these workshops.  The workshops should be Japanese in spirit if not in subject, and be age-appropriate.  Last year Karen did paper bag panda puppets, Gaye did one-stroke fish, and Barbara and Stephanie did a painting/collage about a Japanese fairy tale. 

With planning and preparation ahead of time, the workshops have moved smoothly and quickly and the children seem to enjoy the experience.  The Garden does have adults who travel with each group who are willing to help out at the workshops themselves.


The Garden has requested that we remain frugal with our materials to keep costs down.  Last year they did pay each of us a small amount plus any small costs we incurred.  Many of us, however, do have a stash of materials we could share amongst ourselves and with the children.


Friends of Taka Sumi-e is looking for two to four folks who could lead the July 13th and July 20th workshops.  If you are interested, please contact Gaye Lingley directly (858.336.4916 or to coordinate the dates and times.


"The kids really had a blast last year and the art component was a valuable part of our summer camp. Especially the koi and pandas the campers showed off to their parents."

Please compile a list of all FOT items you have in your home and bring it to the June 10th meeting.  That would be a good start on our inventory challenge.






The next scheduled workshop meeting is Saturday, June 10, 9 am to noon, Hall of Nations, Balboa Park. Cliff Brown will demo butterflies. The goal of the workshop is to paint beautiful butterflies using several different methods. The student should bring their normal painting items and include some opaque white if available. Cliff will bring examples of butterflies, including some items from his wife's butterfly collection. The best place to park is behind the organ pavilion.


Saturday, July 8, 9 am to noon, Shi Han Tricia will demo how to make origami geisha, Hall of Nations, Balboa Park.


Saturday, August 26,  Room 104, Balboa Park, 9 am to 3 pm, with potluck. Details to follow.


Tuesday Painters is a group of FOT members and sumi-e students who meet to paint outdoors, or plein air painting. The informal group meets the 1st, 3rd, 4th and any 5th Tuesdays of each month from 9 am until noon. If you'd like to join in with the Tuesday Painters, contact Gaye Lingley  Any suggestions as to places to paint are appreciated. This is a great way to expand artistic horizons and sumi-e really lends itself to the out-of-doors.


Friends of Taka Sumi-e Nihonga silk painting group meets monthly. This is an open group for all levels. We paint together and share experience, ideas, supplies, resources, and camaraderie. Beginners are most welcome as are artists curious about the process and want to observe. Contact Sensei Stephanie Mast for questions, location and beginning instruction information. For more on Nihonga, click HERE.

To see photos from recent workshop meetings, click HERE.