Judith Kruger, Instructor
Nihonga 1 & 2, Then and Now
Dates: July 26th – 30th, 2021
NIHONGA: Then and Now – Levels 1 and 2*
This workshop is a Nihonga (traditional Japanese mineral pigment painting) class. Students will make water-based paint and grounds from Japanese pigments, pine soot (sumi), indigo, cochineal, and gofun (shell white) with natural glue binders. Varied colors and particle sizes will be explored through a traditional layering system on Kumohadamashi (hemp/mulberry paper). Metallic leafing and oxidation will be covered, as well as Japanese paper-sizing and mounting. Emphasis will be on the creation of multi-layered paintings stemming from ancient, time-honed practices. Works of traditional and contemporary Nihonga painters will be introduced through PowerPoint presentations. Traditional and abstract painters welcome.
* Note: If you are a level 2 student, I will make time to work with you on more advanced work both in class and after. You may bring your work for a one-on-one session. Feel free to email me with specific questions.