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Japanese ink art



Traditional Japanese calligraphy and sumie painting artists are able to paint expressive poetry and vivid scenes of nature using only the various tones of black sumie ink and brush techniques.

In this course, you will learn to make and use different sumie ink tones and brush techniques to create traditional Japanese ink paintings and calligraphy on washi paper made from the mulberry as well as learning about the history of Japanese calligraphy and sumie.
  • Gain knowledge of the history of Japanese characters, calligraphy and painting.
  • Learn how to make ink and use materials.
  • Understand ink tone, basic brush strokes and rhythm.
  • Understand how to paint Japanese words and pictures using traditional brush techniques.
  • Understand composition techniques used in traditional Japanese calligraphy and painting.
  • Learn how to be creative in the moment.
  • Experience meditative process in the art.

These are regular workshops - come to one or come to them all! You will learn something different each time and your practice will improve.

Beginners workshop - for anyone who has not done Junkos workshops.
Ongoing workshops - for anyone who has done at least one of Junkos workshops.

This course is open to adults and children who are in high school. Primary school aged children who are accompanied by a parent / guardian or responsible adult who is also enrolled in the workshop may enrol.


These workshops are held at our Eltham centre - 739 Main Road.

What to bring

  • A towel for cleaning
  • A paper weight.

The following are provided: paper, brush, ink stick, ink pot, water containers and mat.

About the Tutor

Junko grew up in the Toyama region of Japan at the base of the central Japanese Alps, a region famous for the natural beauty of its landscape. She started learning Japanese calligraphy at the age of five and has always been surrounded with ink marks on the walls of her room.

Since becoming a resident of Melbourne in 2005, Junko has brought her unique artistic talents and outlook to the Australian art scene. She has taught at numerous schools and organisations, and at the National Gallery of Victoria. She has exhibitied in Australia and in Japan and is also sought after in the commercial design world for her skillful brushwork - from label design to interior design.

Junko’s deep connection with her calligraphy teacher, Shiro Aoyagi - one of Japan’s most respected calligraphy masters - led to his work being represented in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. She is committed in sharing her Japanese culture in Australia.

Junko is a ‘Shihan’ (Japanese Calligraphy Instructor), Hokuriku Calligraphy Academy, Japan and also has a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Design), Wakayama University, Japan.
Check out Junko's website

Concession fees

A Concession fee of around 10% off is available to holders of Health Care Cards, Pension concession cards or Veterans Gold cards. Concession is available for under 18s for this course.
If you are eligible, please select the concession fee when enrolling and click "calculate discount".
You may be asked to present your Health Care card, Pension concession card or Veterans Gold card for verification when attending a course or activity.

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Upcoming Workshops

Name Location Date Cost
Japanese ink art - for those who have done 1 of Junko's classes before Eltham Sunday 3 March 2024, 10:00AM - 1:00PM $71.00

Contact us



  • Diamond Creek
  • 119 Cowin Street
  • Diamond Creek 3089

  • Eltham
  • 739 Main Road
  • Eltham 3095

  • Panton Hill
  • 18 Bishops Road
  • Panton Hill 3759

  • Nillumbik Shire Council trading as Living &
  • Learning Nillumbik, Registered Training
  • Organisation No. 3989, ABN 64 487 894 794

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