Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

Learn Japanese calligraphy, Shodo, Sho, brush writing and meditation



1 hour Class size 1 to 5

label $60 (or 4 payments of $15 Afterpay)

Rejuvenate while improving your focus with Ren, a master in Shodo calligraphy. Ren’s work has been recognised by the Japanese Foreign Ministry, gaining the esteemed title of national property of Japan for his work ‘Furusato’ which now lives at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra, as well as having various works exhibited internationally.

Learn how to make different types of Sumi ink to kick-start your Japanese calligraphy career, and wield your calligraphy brush or 'fude' against a special type of Japanese paper called ‘hanshi’. Learn Japanese characters, and express your emotions through brush stroke pressure, rhythm and tone.

Just four minutes walk (200 metres) from Chatswood station.

This workshop is a perfect meditative experience to break up a stressful week as you dive into the relaxing nature of practising Japanese calligraphy.


Knowledge required
No knowledge of Japanese is required.
 
What you'll get
Your work which can be put on the wall.
 
What to bring
All equipment is provided. Just bring your enthusiasm!
 
Location

Chatswood, NSW

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Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop location
Your teacher
Renclub
Renclub

Japanese Traditional Calligrapher in Shodo

4.9 (79)

Ren is an artist who specialises on ‘Shodo’, Japanese traditional calligraphy. He was conferred Consul-General's Commendation on in 2016.

After holding exhibitions in Tokyo and Osaka, he moved his centre of activity to Sydney in 1996.

Now his work can be seen all over NSW through his exhibitions. In addition, he has held various performances and workshops at many occasions including the NSW Art Gallery, the Japanese Embassy’s Candle Festival and the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

He has also taken the role of Kanji (Japanese characters) Demonstration in the SBS Japanese learning show ‘Nihongo Daisuki’ and other Chinese learning shows.

In recent years he has also impressed overseas audiences with many activities including his exhibition in Dubai and performance at the Japan Day in New Zealand, to which he was invited by the Auckland Consulate of Japan.

In 2010 his work ‘Furusato’ (En: place of origin) was approved by the Japanese Foreign Ministry as a national property of Japan, meaning his artistic talent is now recognised by two nations(Australia and Japan). This work is now housed at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra.

He holds Shodo classes in Sydney, and is endeavouring to pass his talent to future generations.

Ren participated in production of Hollywood movie “The Wolverine” (2013) as a calligrapher. Also he was conferred Consul-General's Commendation on in 2016.

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Ruchi Glanville Nov 2023


I decided to book this for my husband and I for our first wedding anniversary. For our first experience with calligraphy it was so cool! With such a short amount of time it was enjoyable and we loved our copy to take home.

Therese Perdedjian Nov 2023


Amazing class. My partner and I had so much fun and Ren was amazing teacher. Ren made it surprisingly easy and he supplied all the tools. Recommend this class. Considering ongoing classes in calligraphy

Zara Lagoudakis Oct 2023


Teacher was very helpful and encouraging. very skilled and kind. The room is clos to the station and very neat, soft music playing and different calligraphy along the walls. Materials were of high quality, including the paper and ink that we had to make. It is definitely worth the cost and you learn how to do proper calligraphy strokes, new Japanese kanji and words you didn't previously know, as well as how to make ink.

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Zara Lagoudakis - Sydney

Ronald Euse Sep 2023


The teacher (Ren) was excellent. He was so accommodating and helpful. Materials were plentiful. Class was great.

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Ronald Euse - Sydney

Emma Robinson Jul 2023


It was such a great experience, a very complete 1hr class. Thank you so much Ren sensei

Shiaoling Lim Jul 2023


Thank you Ren! For your time and encouragement throughout the session. I was pleasantly surprised that the class wasn’t just for the writing itself but also tying it to our breathing and relaxation. Very therapeutic! I got a set to practice at home! Certainly do with more mindfulness practice this way !

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Shiaoling Lim - Sydney

Elizabeth Kelly May 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


It was a peaceful experience to work on my calligraphy practice from an expert teacher who clearly understands the intricacy of this art form.

Lindsay Russell May 2023


The overall class was very good. Ren was very patient and encouraging.
His knowledge and expertise in teaching us was very high.
We really enjoyed the experience.

Celia Toose May 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


It was a great class for a beginner who was keen to try Japanese calligraphy. Ren helped us pick a word we wanted to write and gave good advice on how to master the technique.

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Celia Toose - Sydney

James Toose May 2023


Great course. Just enough time. Very encouraging teacher. So much to take home

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by James Toose - Sydney

Genevieve Caudery Mar 2023


Ren is a marvelous and patient teacher . His method of tuition is step by step and very positive .

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Genevieve Caudery - Sydney

Tina Nguyen Mar 2023


Ren Sensei is amazing.
He was very patient and calm and encouraging. We booked a morning session and the hour flew by so quickly.
Shodo calligraphy for us was such a meditative experience and brought a sense of calm to us both.
Highly recommended

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Tina Nguyen - Sydney

Kaye Cook Mar 2023


Such a lovely class. Great tutor who was very informative and patient. Great value for money.

Carolyn Jackson Jan 2023


Ren is a wonderful teacher - very patient and encouraging! His own work is beautiful and very inspirational. The venue is good - very convenient and well set out. Overall it was a very lovely class. I highly recommend.

Lisa Douglass Nov 2022


Great class, the teacher was informative and very friendly. We had a very lovely time.

Warren Munce Nov 2022


Fantastic experience for anyone interested in true Japanese culture. Ren-san's class is not just about writing, brush technique and artit is about breathing, relaxing and meaning mindful. On top of all this you get to take your art work home

Laura Marsden Oct 2022


Ren sensei was knowledgeable, helpful and so patient with our limited artistic skills. After our lesson we were so happy with our finished work and felt calm and appreciative of the skill and time it would take to master this craft. We definitely recommend you give it a try! Ganbatte #Love #Family

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Laura Marsden - Sydney

Yiwei Li Oct 2022

14 ClassBento workshops attended • 8 reviews


Really relaxed and zen session, sensei taught us the basics in utilizing the brush and let us choose the word/phrase we want to practise on. I will definitely recommend it if you are interested in Japanese culture/calligraphy.

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Yiwei Li - Sydney

Adam Allgaier Aug 2022


Stimulating, thoughtful, insightful, and fun! This calligraphy lesson was top notch, and Ren is a great teacher and enjoyable to learn from. The skill he teaches here is deep and nuanced, and had mindfulness value that leaves you focused.

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Adam Allgaier - Sydney

Mireille Steenekamp Aug 2022


The class was relaxing and informative. The instructor is very patient and took time to attend to each participant individually. I really enjoyed it and would recommend this class.

Lydie Jul 2022


Great teaching really thorough. Very relaxing moment. We had a lovely time learning something new.

Simone Pietschner Jul 2022


I booked this class with two friends to celebrate one of their birthdays. Ren was a great instructor. Very enthusiastic and warm. It was great to take our work home and ready to hang. We chose the words, Peace, Family and Gratitude.

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Simone Pietschner - Sydney

Rosa Howard Jul 2022


Ren is wonderfully supportive and knows how to share his skillfulness, which is inspiring. highly recommend his workshop

Kelsey Brymer Jul 2022


Ren was a knowledgeable and patient teacher. All of the materials to practice and create the final work was provided. I enjoyed speaking with Ren about his craft and experiences in Japan/Australia. I highly recommend this class if you want to explore a new art practice that leaves you feeling relaxed and peaceful.

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Kelsey Brymer - Sydney

Melissa Marsh Jun 2022


Had a great time! Master Ren was very patient with me. Would go back again.

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Melissa Marsh - Sydney

James Luis Jun 2022


Ren was very kind and a great teacher! The class was very therapeutic and fun

Emmanuel Sokias May 2022


Ren’s calligraphy workshop was a great experience. We went on a Saturday and shared the class with another person. It was an intimate setting. Ren briefly touched on the history of the art of Japanese calligraphy, and helped us create our own ink from water and stone. Ren showed us the form required for the brush strokes and allowed us plenty of practice on tracing paper, before finishing our final attempt on high quality paper. The whole process is quite meditative; we were encouraged to breathe in tandem with the brushstrokes. Quiet, ambient music accompanies the class. Ren took plenty of photos and allowed us to keep practicing until we were satisfied with our artwork. A charming little experience.

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Emmanuel Sokias - Sydney

Tulin Sayah Jan 2022

19 ClassBento workshops attended • 22 reviews


What a way to experience Japanese culture -a fun and immersive eye opening experience to Calligraphy. A fun hour to learn a new skill.

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Tulin Sayah - Sydney

Donna Shrimpton Nov 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


It was a fantastic class. The teacher Ren was lovely and very helpful. We learned how to use the brush then picked a word each. We had a great time.

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Donna Shrimpton - Sydney

Shannon Walliss Jun 2021


Ren is a wonderful and patient teacher and the class has such a lovely, calm atmosphere.
Would highly recommend it and plan to return!

Zachary Zeus Mar 2021


Really enjoyed the specific support he provided as I was doing something special. Very fun and relaxing.

Paul Ramsey Mar 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


My 3rd class in 3 months.
Ren is a fantastic teacher, was very detailed about how to write the characters, Explained how to space out all the different line strokes to stop me from overlapping onto other lines.
Definitely showed signs of improvements for my 1st lesson mid January.

Arigato Gozaimasu

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Paul Ramsey - Sydney

Edward White Feb 2021


Great experience! We went as a group of four and had a great time. Teacher was excellent and very kind.

Paul Ramsey Feb 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


My 2nd lesson in 4 weeks now. Was very detailed in his lesson. I definitely think I've improved from my 1st lesson.

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Paul Ramsey - Sydney

Paul Ramsey Jan 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


Had a great lesson. Teacher was very passionate about Japanese Calligraphy.
Was patient with me, helped me learn more about Japanese culture.
Handed me a practice paper and paint brush to take home to help me improve before his next lesson.
Thank you.

Paul

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Paul Ramsey - Sydney

Jeita Hartwell Jan 2021


My partner and I had such a fantastic, focused and peaceful time! We were allowed equal parts freedom and guidance - this has really kickstarted our calligraphy journey.

Carolyn Adams Dec 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Convenient and comfortable venue. Materials were all provided and were of high quality. Ren was an excellent and patient teacher. He made the class relaxed and enjoyable. Highly recommend this class as a quiet time out.

Jenny Yang Nov 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Great session - had heaps of fun. I would strongly recommend it for those who are interested.

Fiona Tres Oct 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Great class! We went to this class for our dating anniversary and we have no been disappointed. The calligraphies are now being framed on our wall :)

Timothy Williams Aug 2020


Ren San is an excellent teacher a real Sensei of calligraphy
The space is well lit with windows on the south and east, the materials and work tables beautifully prepared.
He talked about the importance of breath, of calm, of how the brush transmits your state of mind. He finds out what you know and adapts to your level. You learn how to prepare the ink, Ren listens for the correct grinding sound on the stone.
He teaches Brush technique and exercises to practice. A word is chosen, the strokes, their order and the balance of spaces between were practiced on thin paper again and again and discussed, then you commit to a beautiful piece of board.

After a fleeting hour, You go home with a beautiful thing peace

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Timothy Williams - Sydney

Stephanie Barbieri Jun 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Thank you for a great class. I very much enjoyed what I learnt, especially about the Japanese language and culture. Looking forward to practising now at home. Thank you

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Stephanie Barbieri - Sydney

Cherry Clark Jun 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


The teacher was very friendly and easy to get on. We learned the traditional Japanese Calligraphy culture starts from making the ink from scratch which was educational for the kids!

Eileen Jenkins Mar 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Great private session with Renclub. He was very helpful and encouraging. Really enjoyed coming away with my own artwork and am keen to do more.

Josie Groen Feb 2020


The Japanese Calligraphy Class was a great experience and Ren the teacher was very supportive, helpful and welcoming. I really enjoyed learning this skill as well as the proper technique in order to do so which was very calming. I’d love to try it again and learn more about it as well now. Thank you very much for an introduction into this special skill.

Wing Yip Jan 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Both my friend and I who went are beginners and we thoroughly enjoyed the class. Ren san our teacher was nice and easy going, he demonstrated some basic techniques to get us started and we had some time to do a few practices before doing a final piece of a card board that we get to take home. Time flew by and it was a fun experience, I recommend it and would like to go back for more classes.

Nesta Miles Jan 2020


First time trying this and it was a really fun experience, I would love to do more in the future. Great teacher! Would recommend to anyone.

Kelly Dees Oct 2019


Loved learning this new style of brush lettering. Teacher had a great eye for small corrective details and had an easy progression of teaching working up to our chosen word. Class could be a little longer like 1.5 hours rather than an hour to go at a little slower more relaxing pace. All in all it was very enjoyable!

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Kelly Dees - Sydney

Alice Thachasongtham Oct 2019

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


It was a great fun! the teacher is very helpful and knowledgeable. What I have got is more than just calligraphy technique but history and reasons behind everything we do!
Highly recommended

Sophie Cocard Sep 2019


The teacher was amazing and I really enjoyed the class. It was a fantastic experience and I would recommend this class to anyone interested in learning calligraphy.

Noah Gock-Stephens Aug 2019


I really enjoyed this class, great brushes and supplies. I was able to do the whole process of grinding the ink, practicig the brush strokes etc. I was also able to choose which kanji to write, even if you are someone who can't already write some characters, i would still recommend as Mr Ren took me through the whole process.
ありがとうございます。

Heather Sundin Jul 2019


Wonderful experience in our calligraphy class, thank you Ren- sensei for your patience and understanding. Definitely a class for anyone wanting something fun to do

Ron Ragel Jul 2019


All good teacher was attentive and helpful throughout class giving me a good background into calligraphy. The venue was conveniently located near Chatswood station which made it east to get to. I intend to do more with Ren

Emily Jul 2019


It was a very interesting class that briefly touched on the techniques of calligraphy. I would highly recommend for people who want to see what it is like

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Emily - Sydney

Leanne Jan Jul 2019

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews


Professional venue in a very nice setting. His instructions were clear and simple to follow as he explained very clearly. I would do again.

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Leanne Jan - Sydney

Tirone Pama Jul 2019


Within the space of an hour, I was able to learn a large amount about Japanese calligraphy; such as the proper way to hold a brush and even things such as breathing when writing a character. Ren is an amazing teacher that makes writing complicated kanji seem simple, and it’s easy see that he’s very experienced in what he does. I enjoyed my lesson a lot and I’ve taken away a lot of knowledge from my shodo class.

Kylie Jackson Jul 2019

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


The class was fun. Looks easy but actually very challenging to master the strokes. Good technique requires a calm mind and connection to breath. Was great to learn and be guided by the teacher. He was very encouraging.

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Kylie Jackson - Sydney

Yogini Patel Jun 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Intimate class, hands on teaching. All materials provided.
My friends and I really enjoyed the experience.

Rachel Perrett Jun 2019


Excellent experience Ren was a master and the take home equipment I purchased was very affordable. Would highly recommend

Milton Braga Jun 2019


The teacher was great and very patient. Just remember to bring your word to work with.

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Milton Braga - Sydney

Greg Kesby May 2019


Ren Is a very Experienced teacher who did his best to put as much as possible into the hour I had with him. It was a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommend it.

Leslie Lau May 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


An amazing experience. Ren-san was a great teacher, very attentive, supportive and encouraging throughout the entire session. He was extremely accommodating and welcoming with his friendly, casual approach, and I very much appreciated his tutelage and friendly warmth. I have acquired the tools to practice on my own and am already planning on making another visit to further sharpen my skills! Domo arigato, Ren-san!

Luke Sumner Apr 2019


Wonderful experience. The teacher was very welcoming and accommodating. Very patient and explained things in a way I could understand. Very enthusiastic and supportive. Very nice person. I had a wonderful time and will definitely recommend

Kara Valeontis Mar 2019


Ren is an amazing teacher. Very patient & positive. All art supplies are provided. Venue is accessible by transport. I enjoyed the workshop so much that i will be looking at joining classes during the week.

Olgney Pinto Feb 2019


Hi There

We arrived late. The teacher was fantastic. He was able to accommodate us and help us to catch up with the rest of the group. We love it.

Regards

Katarzyna Syta Feb 2019


It was a great class. All materials has been provided and for sale to take home, so I bought some to practice at home. Great atmosphere and very calming experience. Will come back next week for more. Teacher is patient and makes everything clear for students.

Anthony Liem Feb 2019


To learn Japanese calligraphy is interesting and challenging. More time is needed to follow all the procedures and to practice. Certainly learnt a lot and provided ideas for my watercolor paintings

Kaye Yaager Jan 2019


Lovely lesson. Much more to calligraphy than I realised. Gentle informative tuition following traditional methods with a supportive and encouraging teacher. Wish to do more.

Xinhui Chen Nov 2018


Great experience, when writing the words, I can feel I am interact with the character.

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Xinhui Chen - Sydney

Eugene Penna Oct 2018


Excellent. Highly recommend. Great teacher - authentic, honest and willing to share knowledge with an understanding of the client needs.

Lana Habl Sep 2018

2 ClassBento workshops attended


A wonderful, masterful and jam packed workshop: for an hour, Ren's efficiency really took over and the progress from practising strokes to actually creating calligraphy was swift. I didn't want the class to end. Really recommend this workshop for an hour of Zen to break up a hectic day. Thank you Ren!

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Lana Habl - Sydney

Kye Aug 2018


Good value for money, teacher was friendly and good at explaining would highly recommend for people interest in learning Shodo (even with no prior experience)

Renate Carius Aug 2018


Hitoshi was great- encouraging, organised and adaptable. He created a positive and friendly atmosphere and was able to share some of his professional experiences after the lesson. Great to have a master to learn from.

Katherine Smith Jul 2018


The lesson was very clearly delivered, materials all laid out and ready to go.

Zackery Jul 2018


We had a great experience, very friendly teacher and nice location. We will definitely consider coming back for another lesson.

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Zackery  - Sydney

Kate Ahmad May 2018


It was wonderful.
Amazing teacher who took us through every step.
Japanese equipment and a very calm and relaxing experience. Will be back!

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Kate Ahmad - Sydney

Jane Apr 2018


Great teacher and we enjoyed the class very much

Samantha Mar 2018

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Ren was a wonderful teacher and was very patient and thorough in teaching me the various strokes. It was the perfect meditative class that helped me to relax and unwind whilst also learning a new skill.

Melanie Ozanne Dec 2017


Amazing instruction.I learnt an appreciation of Japanese lettering and will come again from Tasmania when I have done my homework to learn and respect more of this style of calligraphy.

Lee Sep 2017

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Will return.

Ren sensei setup a lovely space welcome me to calligraphy in. Whilst his club's studio is in Chatswood and handy to the train station it's in a quiet area suitable for this kind of activity.

Ren himself was unassuming and an excellent teacher, working out my capabilities quickly and giving just enough information then space and feedback for me to work things out.

With thanks,

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