Ink Painting Workshop: Sumi-e

Learn Sumi painting techniques to be able to create your own masterpiece

2 hours Class size 1 to 5 (public classes), 6 to 15

label $70 - $140 (or 4 payments of $18 - $35 Afterpay)
($70 for Class only, $140 for Class and Sumi Kit Set)

Looking for fun things to do in Melbourne this weekend or group activities for a catchup with friends? Why not join Kami Paper's Sumi-e ink painting workshop and learn how to create your own stunning ink masterpiece from scratch!

In this workshop, you will be guided through the step by step process of making your own Sumi-e painting by expert artist Junko. You will begin by learning about the rich history of this art practice, and then get hands-on with some ink and your own brush to create shapes and pictures using Sumi-e painting techniques.

Whether you're looking for a new creative hobby or the best things to do in Melbourne, this ink painting class would be a fabulous pick for you. Not only will you leave feeling creatively fulfilled, but you'll also get to unwind in a fun and relaxed environment and take home your own painting too!

Please note:
This class will need a minimum of eight people to run the workshop. If we do not reach the required numbers, we will reschedule the class.

Knowledge required
This is a beginner-friendly class.
What you'll get
  • Guidance from an expert
  • All materials are provided
  • Your own Sumi-e painting to take home and hang on your wall!
What to bring
Please make sure to bring an apron and wear dark coloured clothing that you don't mind getting dirty.
Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, bucks party or Christmas party.

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 14 years old). Adult accompaniment is not required.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mum or Xmas gift.


KAMI Paper Studio - 375 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy VIC

Your teacher
Junko Azukawa

Junko Azukawa

4.9 (13)

Junko Azukawa grew up in Toyama, Japan, at the base of the central Japanese Alps, a region famous for the natural beauty of its landscape.
She started learning traditional Japanese calligraphy, Shodo, at the age of five and has experienced the vast possibilities that calligraphy and Japanese ink painting, Sumie, can express with just simple, monotone brush strokes.
Toyama, Japan
Junko’s calligraphy teacher Shiro Aoyagi, the founder of the Hokuriku Shodo Academy and also one of Japan’s most respected calligraphy masters, demonstrated his artwork at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia in 2008 and his work is now represented in the NGV’s collection.
Since becoming a resident of Melbourne, Australia in 2005, Junko has brought her unique artistic talents and outlook to the Australian art scene. She started teaching Japanese calligraphy and painting with children and adults at numerous schools and organisations and also exhibited at a number of galleries in Australia and Japan, most recently at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia in 2016 - 2017. In 2011 Junko started to use her art form with mental illness patients as a form of therapy with great compassion. She is also sought after in commercial design work for her skillful brushwork from bottle label design to restaurant interior design. She has had her illustrations published in the novel: NAVIGATIO authored by Australian writer Patrick Holland in 2014.

Your host
Kami Paper
Kami Paper

4.8 (14)

Paper has always had an intimate relationship with people. For those who enjoy this medium, Kami is a treasure trove full of exquisite paper, hand-bound albums, journals, notebooks, unique gift cards, and fine Italian stationery sourced from around the world.

No matter how much we love our phones, social media, internet, and the various conveniences of modern life, we always get excited about books and paper for the varying texture, rustle, crispness and smell. The written word, whether our own or someone else's, expressed in personal or professional affairs, creates a sensory experience, especially when on beautiful papers.

We want to share with you the joy of fine paper and excellence in book binding - both to wholesalers who are seeking the rare and unique, and to our retail customers via our concept store Kami in Brunswick Street, Melbourne and from our online store.


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Frank Kolosa Nov 2020

It was great fun, clear direction on brush technique and good explanation on making ink tones.

Francine Schaepper Oct 2020

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Always Love Junko's sumi-e classes. Very relaxing and each time I learn another trick or two to make my art better.

Claire Dunn Oct 2020

22 ClassBento workshops attended • 13 reviews

Very relaxing class and the teacher was awesome I am going to have to practice but looking forward to being able to paint bamboo with ease

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Claire Dunn Sydney

Helen Patrice Oct 2020

11 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

Junko is a lovely kind teacher who has something good to say about everyone's work, and is quick to identify where problems might be, and offer suggestions.

Ink Painting Workshop: Sumi-e review by Helen Patrice

Francine Schaepper Oct 2020

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Absolutely Love Junko's Sumi-e classes! A great mix of learning techniques but also learning about the energy and the philosophy of this art. She's a true master of it and watching her effortlessly turn brush strokes into very animate objects or scenes is fascinating And Junko is very generous with her feedback and answering questions which I appreciate a lot in a teacher.

Rini Ismail Aug 2020

22 ClassBento workshops attended • 22 reviews

had so much fun learning to paint cherry blossom with Junko. Very informative. I definitely need to continue practising the technique

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Luka Draper Aug 2020

I felt very welcome, and learned a lot. It was a fun time. Thanks Junko and Jean!

Rini Ismail Jul 2020

22 ClassBento workshops attended • 22 reviews

Fantastic class. Wish it could be longer. I had a wonderful Saturday morning learning and doing some basic Sumi-e painting with
Junko Azukawa.

Ink Painting Workshop: Sumi-e review by Rini Ismail Sydney

Jennifer Smith Jul 2020

A wonderful class . Explained and demonstrated in detail . A relaxed atmosphere .,enjoyable Jennifer Hallett- Smith

Amy Tickle Jul 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

A fantastic class. Just the right amount of achievable (yet challenging) techniques to experience success. Thoroughly enjoyed the class and loved receiving the class bento box filled with such beautiful tools. Highly recommend.

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Amy Tickle

Jodie Garrad Jul 2020

Such a relaxing time. Your voice was so calm and encouraging. I had fun and learned some skill (that I now really need to practise).

Ink Painting Workshop: Sumi-e review by Jodie Garrad

A Calderon Jun 2020

The class was very good, and we enjoyed and had fun. The only issue was that we concentrated in painting bamboo, which is an exercise that allows you to gain some skills with the brush. However, the course was for Japanese calligraphy, something different. We wanted to learn some very basics concepts of calligraphy.
Thank you.

Liz Tsang May 2020

A warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with helpful techniques and responsive to the class’ needs. Highly recommend!
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