Au Papier Japonais


Chiyogami as Medium: Collage Images
using Japanese designed papers
Eva Halus
Saturday October 19, 2019

One of the highlights of last year’s Program was a completely original way of making exciting and dynamic collage using the colours and designs of our “Chiyogami”.
       These are the papers on our long table at the store most often admired by visitors which overflow with hundreds of different designs printed on them.
       Eva generously offers students a robust exploration of her technique consisting of creating (1) landscapes first with a chosen picture and then one from your imagination using the famous Hokusai wave; (2) portraits of a geisha in a Temple and then the Buddha in meditation; and (3) free style composition inspired by the oriental principle of yin and yang.

Needle as Pen: Sewn Washi ArtADD TO CART
Sigrid Blohm
Saturday November 02, 2019

Imagine a palette of thread! And a needle as brush. Yes, you can really sew paper to make the most sophisticated, detailed and surprising artworks.
       Join Sigrid, whose own creative talents utilize this technique in her own art, in an adventure of discovery that begins with creating a vocabulary in the form of small samples: stitch single and multiple layers of washi, both thick and thin; try cotton thread, heavier, less flexible linen or smooth shiny silk; attach coloured paper shapes to a backing; make reflective marks using silk or rayon or metallic thread; stitch together transparent layers without using glue; make textures with the thread itself or allow the paper to ripple and pucker by varying thread tension.

Techniques learned: Varying the weight of washi and thread and method of stitching to give different results, learning how to work with washi, identification of your own stitching style.

Black Ink: Drawing with Brush and Pen on Washi ADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard
Saturday November 09, 2019 | Saturday March 07, 2020

It’s an amazing thing that the same dark, evocative, flowing black fluid made from the most common and plentiful substance, carbon, can be at the same time a threat to the atmosphere, but a treasure for the artist. Both brush and pen, dependant on it, have provided us with the means of recording our history, passing on our knowledge, and expressing our love, as well as producing much of the world’s art.
       This course evolved out of Lorraine’s extensive use of black ink in her own work as an artist and love of its capacity to produce the boldest of strokes or the most subtle of shading depending on its use and interaction with the surface it’s used on.
       Explore the limitless possibilities of this interaction using pen, bamboo and brush on many different kinds of washi especially chosen for its receptivity to ink

The Articulate Brush: Japanese Calligraphy ADD TO CART
Carl Grifo
Friday November 15, 2019 | Friday March 27, 2020

As a passionate outpouring of a lover in words can move the heart of his beloved, so also in the sublime culture of Japan, the flowing stroke of a brush to create the graphic and beautiful characters of their language can equally stir the deepest of feeling.
       The appreciation of the eloquence of writing in this way has long captivated us in the West and made the learning of calligraphy such a rewarding experience.        
       What graphic beauty there is in the eloquent, flowing, symbols called Kanji that form the basis of Japanese script. We are drawn to the capacity of a mark that can mean not only a letter, but entire words, and whole thoughts, as well as by knowing that it can also be a form of meditation if properly done.
       Explore this ancient Japanese tradition using inks on different washi especially suitable for this purpose and experience the sensual dance between brush and surface.

Fusion Sumi-e: Japanese-style Painting ADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Saturday November 16, 2019

We admire the East for its long established cultural and artistic traditions, while we in the West, having much less history, pride ourselves on our innovation and willingness to experiment.
       What makes Sumi-e so much admired is the almost effortless grace by which the fewest of controlled strokes create soft and flowing traditional images of anything from flowers to mountains, from waterfalls to birds.
       Add to this, the more free-spirited experimental impulses of Western individualism and you have a perfect blend of two cultures. What we like to call “Fusion Sumi-e.”
       Students will be introduced to the basic materials: ink, brushes and paper. After a few painting exercises, students will learn how to paint the “4 Gentlemen”, the bamboo, the wild orchid, the chrysanthemum and the plum tree. Sumi-e masters believed that the strokes made in learning the “4 Gentlemen” could be used to convey anything in the universe. While focusing on the traditional aspects of sumi-e painting, students will be encouraged to transcend tradition and experiment on more explorative and personal levels.

Joining Forces: Mixed Media on Washi ADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard
Saturday November 23, 2019

When two or more things are put together in the right way, the result becomes greater than any one of the components. This is called synergy, and no creative technique better demonstrates this powerful effect than Mixed Media on Washi. And perhaps no one can explore this effect better than Lorraine whose lifetime of experimentation with just about every media on washi, gives her unique insights and experience.
      She will take you on an exploration of the qualities of ink, fluid acrylic, gouache, wax/oil crayon and coloured pencils as they interact with the receptive qualities of washi to create cohesive works based on each individual’s own sensibilities.
      Working with a carefully chosen range of Japanese papers, the course will reveal the many exciting results of the attraction between washi’s accepting surfaces and the qualities of the media

Water Media on WashiADD TO CART
Helen Karanika
Saturday November 30, 2019 | Saturday February 22, 2020

It is said of washi that it receives most media like an old friend you haven’t seen in years who showed up on your doorstep one day!
       This course explores the warm welcome washi gives to ink, watercolour, gouache, or acrylic, and the new opportunities it offers for creative work.
       Helen starts the workshop with ink markings on washi; then layers of other water media are added or used on separate sheets of paper. Once a number of such papers have been created and dried, you will use “viewfinders”—simple pieces of cardboard that can be arranged in a square or rectangle to identify parts of them that are the most pleasing.
       These sections will then be cut and collaged onto a more rigid substrate to make a number of final pieces. Other sections can be used for further collages and experimentation that can take place at home.

No Previous Experience Necessary: Art with Washi Collage ADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard
Saturday January 25, 2020

No need to submit a resumé for this accessible art course. While collage is undoubtedly the most inviting and easy way of making art—even for those who can’t draw a daisy, it’s also a rich and complex artform for practicing artists who wish to expand their creative repertoire.
       And there’s no better media to work with than the boundless diversity of texture, colour and surface variation that is washi.
       Tap into Lorraine’s depth of knowledge and experience that comes from working with Japanese paper for many years in her own work as a professional artist, and who brings to the course a personally chosen and generous selection of papers from Au Papier japonais.
       You will experiment with overlapping, juxtaposition and transparency, discovering the intimate relationships between diverse elements and why this is one of our most popular courses.

Paper as Pencil:
Drawing with Japanese Paper
Danielle Shatz
Thursday February 06, 2020

Do you know that the Japanese create colourful thread, called Kumhimo, that’s made entirely from wound paper?
       Danielle has taken this basic technique and adapted it to our experimental Western ways and uses it to produce an entirely new and tactile way of drawing using only washi.
       By cutting out very fine strips and twisting and turning them, interesting lines will form, and then new lines and different textures will emerge by tearing, crumpling and pulling at the natural fibers.
       This technique gives you a new way to create artwork that stands on its own, or to create images, designs or visual elements that can be incorporated into collage, cards, books, invitations, etc.

Personal Colour Vocabulary: Acrylics on Washi ADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard
Saturday February 08, 2020

Being able to find exactly the right word when you need it is not only satisfying, but important in communicating what you mean and assuring that it achieves the desired effect.
       The same is true in painting with Acrylics with its strong and vivid colours. It’s important to gain knowledge of their properties and experience with their use, in effect acquiring a “personal vocabulary” that allows you to paint eloquently and achieve the effect you want.
       This workshop has been created by our resident artist, Lorraine Pritchard, whose many years of vigorous testing of the limits of washi and knowledge of its properties, will give added depth and authenticity to the course.
       Using fluid acrylics as the medium students will see how the colours react to a wide variety of Japanese papers in terms of its hue, tone, saturation, variation and contrast.
       By the end of the day, students will have acquired a great deal of experience, and take away the results of their work that will effectively function as a catalogue of effects, useful in further use of washi in their work.

Washi as Medium: Painting with PaperADD TO CART
Danielle Shatz
Saturday March 14, 2020

Of course, Washi is a sensational and multi-disciplinary surface to use media on, but equally capable of being used as a medium itself, as this eye-opening course will show you.
       Traditional Japanese Chirigi-e is an amazing technique in which one “paints” landscapes, portraits, wildlife or other representational images that look like an oil painting until you get about six inches away from them.
       Adapting this sophisticated, but complex, technique to our Western ways, Danielle has added drawing with pen and ink, or other colours to it, thereby simplifying it and making it a way of creating compelling and unusual images with just a few lines and washi.
       The course will explore the possibilities in this blend of East and West that opens up an entirely different way of making fine art —as Danielle does in her own work.

Relief Images: Art Rubbings from Found ObjectsADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard
Thursday April 23, 2020

Remember those old detective movies where the villain has written down some vital piece of information on a pad of paper, torn it off and left. Then in the next scene the private eye cleverly rubs a pencil over the next sheet and the writing suddenly reappears.
       Such a simple technique as rubbing a pencil on a sheet of paper can produce the most striking of images when put over the countless raised surfaces we find all around us.
       Enter this fascinating world with Lorraine, who can often be found with a sheet of washi and pencil rubbing away on a chain-link fence, hubcaps, asphalt, license plates, flaking paint on doors, window screens, grilles, woven baskets, or tree bark. You’ll explore layering of textures, juxtaposition and overlapping of textures, using the matchless strength and responsiveness of washi. A course that will definitely rub you the right way!