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,

Hi all,

Thank you Tricia for a fun July workshop.  The origami dolls turned out so beautiful and fun to make.

Reminder The September workshop will be on the 2nd Saturday, September 9th at the Living Coast Discovery Center. See the flyer link below.

No August workshop, but plenty of other FOT opportunities! See the Welcome page, Save the Dates.

Upcoming board members election for term 2018/2019--please let me know if you are interested in serving on the board.  Your contributions to FOT are greatly appreciated.

The 2017 show discs (Joe Cross' photos of our show) are available. Contact Stephanie Mast ( if you want a copy. Hopefully, it will  also be on the FOT website for your perusal.

Julie Roth and Gaye Lingley art exhibit at Mission Trail, please see the link on the Welcome page.

Stephen Smith art exhibit, Foothills Art Association, please see the link on the welcome page.





Living Coast Discover Center. Click LCDC FIELD TRIP 072617.pdf for additional information and the registration flyer.


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.