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Japanese Ink Painting (Sumi-e)

at RESOBOX - East Village

Course Details
$35 10 seats left
Start Date:

Tue, Jul 12, 7:00pm - 8:15pm Eastern Time

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East Village, Manhattan
91 East 3rd St
Btwn 1st & 2nd Avenues
New York, New York 10003
Theme: Climbing fish with Bamboo & Willow
Purchase Options
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Ayakoh Furukawa

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this painting class:

Sumi-e, also called Suibokuga, is the art of ink wash-painting. Characteristically, it is an East Asian art, and has been practiced there for well over a thousand years. Sumi-e depicts the spirit or essence of an object or scene rather than its outward appearance — and does so in the fewest possible strokes. Because of this simplicity, the painter’s character and personality come through in his/her work. In both viewing and creating, Sumi-e is a very contemplative form of painting.

In this class at RESOBOX, a Japanese cultural center in New York, all students will start from the basics of ink-wash painting, such as how to hold a brush. All materials such as ink, brushes, calligraphy paper, etc. will be provided for the students.

Schedules and Locations:

  • RESOBOX East Village (91 E 3rd street, New York, NY 10003)
  • Instructor: Ayakoh Furukawa
  • Second Tuesday of the Month
  • 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

All levels of experience are welcome, and all materials will be provided.

Upcoming In-person Class Schedule

July – Climbing fish with Bamboo & Willow

  • Tuesday, July 12th 7:00 – 8:15 pm
  • Monday, July 18th 7:00 – 8:15 pm

Swallows and Willows

  • Tuesday, August 9th 7:00 – 8:15 pm


  • Monday, August 23rd 7:00 – 8:15 pm

**PLEASE NOTE: The class sign up deadline is 4 hours before the class begins. Cancellation after this period will NOT be refunded.**

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Refund Policy

Cancellations made at least 48 hours in advance of the class will be honored with a full refund. Students who cancel less than 48 hours prior to the start time of the class will receive a credit towards a future class. No credit/refund if cancellation is made less than 12 hours before class time. 

For Japanese Flower Arrangement: Ohara Ikebana Classes by HANADOJO: The class sign up deadline is 48 hours before the class begins. Cancellation after this period will NOT be refunded.

For Japanese Flower Arrangement: Misho Ikebana classThe class sign up deadline is 24 hours before the class begins. Cancellation after this period will NOT be refunded.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
7:00pm - 8:15pm Eastern Time Ayakoh Furukawa 1 $35
7:00pm - 8:15pm Eastern Time Ayakoh Furukawa 1 $35
7:00pm - 8:15pm Eastern Time Ayakoh Furukawa 1 $35
7:00pm - 8:15pm Eastern Time Ayakoh Furukawa 1 $35

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Reviews of Classes at RESOBOX (427)

(427 Reviews)
Japanese Ink Painting (Sumi-e)
Reviewed by Cheryl U. on 6/22/2022
I enjoyed learning this technique. It was harder than I thought. I’d have liked to know in advance which picture was being taught as I’d have preferred an alternate one.
Japanese Ink Painting (Sumi-e)
Reviewed by Dora O. on 5/18/2022
The class was very interesting, we had everything we need, the teacher was very nice, I am not sure if she was very clear, some moments was difficult to understand but I am not an English native speaker. I think 1 hour and 15´ is too short. I would make it last 30 minutes more. The experience was great Thank you
Japanese Ink Painting (Sumi-e)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 5/11/2022
I am a terrible artist; however, I bought this for my husband who loved it and the teacher was wonderful as was the rest of the class. We learned to paint flowers and butterflies - everything I did looked like cockroaches but the teacher still gave me sweet compliments and let me do my own thing when it was clear I was not going to be a success case.
Japanese Ink Painting (Sumi-e)
Reviewed by Audrey Q. on 5/11/2022
I do not feel this course deserve a rating! I have taken a lot of course through Coursehorse and really enjoyed them. I was so disappointed with this course I left very early. I felt the instructor was prejudice in whom she assisted in this course. I felt, I observed, that she was only interested in helping those whom seem to know what they were doing. I felt, ignored, by not knowing, the techniques. I was interested in this workshop because it was posted for all levels. It was a waste of my money and time. I did purchase for a friend who attended, she is experienced in art techniques, she stayed in the course, she did not say she enjoyed it but she did learn a lot.
Japanese Ink Painting (Sumi-e)
Reviewed by CATHERINE S. on 3/24/2022
Our instructor was very patient and kind - and a good artist as well! It's more challenging than it looks so I was glad to have a reference image to work with. I would absolutely recommend this class to other people. Very relaxing and also challenging.
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