Zen Brush Painting (Sumie) workshop with Gerard Menzel

Gerard Menzel will be holding his Zen brush painting workshop at the Railway Arts Hub on Sun 25th Oct 2015, 11am – 4.30pm.
Earlybird $65 (before 18/10), full fee $75 or $65 concession
Numbers are limited to 8 people

Sumie (black ink on rice paper) is a beautiful way to paint nature and the world in all its beauty and grace as we see the world in a different Zen light, where the subjects essence or “kami” spirit is depicted. Zen painting is an art form, a way of living and breathing through the world.

The class will cover Zen insights, Sumie as meditation and art practice, the Zen way of painting and observation, and Zen as philosophy.

Tibet Plateau, by Gerard Menzel
Tibet Plateau, by Gerard Menzel

The origin of Sumie date back to the Southern School of Chinese Zen painting and it was transplanted to Japan by Esai and Dogen. Used to train the mind, it is one of the “Zen arts” including ikebana and shodo. The practice of painting is akin to Zen training of the mind body and senses.

Gerard Menzel studied with Andre Sollier and taught and exhibited in Australia and overseas. He has lived Japan where he also studied aikido.

A quiet corner: sculptural work by Chris Johnston, with Richard Sullivan's art books and hanging works by (L-R) Maritsa Gronda & Gerard Menzel
Gerard’s works from the inaugural exhibition hanging (center and right)

For more information and to book in call Gerard 0407 734 479

Materials $7 or BYO materials. To order a sumie kit before class phone Gerard.

Sumie Kit
Sumie kit

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