Sumi-e is the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. It is a unique art form in which the fewest possible brushstrokes are used to capture the essence of the subject matter being painted. Sumi-e uses only black ink, handmade paper and a special brush. The use of the brush in innovative ways can convey a wide range of expression. In this workshop for beginners, students will be introduced to Sumi-e materials and will learn basic brush strokes and techniques for painting grasses, flowers, distant trees, mountains, and Zen Circles. Calligraphy will also be introduced with the writing of the formal Japanese character for ‘Eternity’ using basic brush strokes. Use of materials is included.
CORK WHALE WATCH TRIP (weather dependent):
Sunday 26th April 10.30am
Four-hour Whale Watch Trip aboard the thirty-six-foot catamaran, the ‘Holly Jo,’ Ireland’s first purpose-built whale watching vessel with Colin Barnes, Ireland’s longest established and best known whale watch skipper. West Cork attracts minke whales, fin whales and humpback whales to feed in its rich waters every year and has now reached a high point for whale and dolphin watching enthusiasts the world over.
WHALE SIGHTING FROM SHORE FIELD TRIP (weather dependent)
Two-hour mid-week land-based field trip (whale sighting talk and walk/watch) to an exceptional local headland vantage point with excellent advice/education on sighting humpback, fin, and minke whales and dolphins from shore with scientist (and Sightings Officer for all of Ireland) Padraig Whooley of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.
Japanese Black Ink Painting Workshop/Whale Watch Trip/Whale Sighting Field Trip Fee: 445Euro* plus Accommodation Package Fee (participants may choose their accommodation package from the list below).
ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE CHOICES:
B&B plus dinners: 690Euro
B&B plus dinners and lunches: 740Euro
B&B plus dinners: 1040Euro
B&B plus dinners and lunches: 1140Euro
Accommodation packages include use of Celtic Ross Hotel’s pool and jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym.
*A 50% deposit will be requested in advance for Japanese Black Ink Painting Workshop/Whale Watch Trip/Whale Sighting Field Trip Fee, with balance due prior to or upon arrival on 25th April. (nb payment to include PayPal service charge)
Accommodation package booking deadline: end March 2020.
After booking their Workshop place with Karen, participants will book/reserve their accommodation package with the Celtic Ross Hotel and pay on departure. Celtic Ross booking deadline: end March 2020.
For more details on additional activities and what the fee includes, please use the contact email address listed under ‘Booking information’.
Tutor: Karen Colbert, MFA, VAI Member
Photo credit: Cork Whale Watch. Special thanks to Cork Whale Watch: photo courtesy CWW.