Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop



1 hour 1 to 5 label $50


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 calligraphy career, 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 4 minutes' walk (200 metres) from Chatswood station.

This workshop is a perfect meditative experience to break-up a stressful week.

Knowledge Required

No knowledge of Japanese required

What to bring

All equipment is provided. Just bring your enthusiasm!

Location

Chatswood, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Renclub
Renclub

Japanese Traditional Calligrapher in Shodo

5.0 (29)

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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5

• 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
5

• 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
5

• Dec 2018


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

Calligraphy workshop review by Emily
5

• Dec 2018


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
5

• 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.
5

• Jul 2019


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.

Calligraphy workshop review by Kylie Jackson

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5

• Jun 2019


Intimate class, hands on teaching. All materials provided.
My friends and I really enjoyed the experience.
5

• Jun 2019


Excellent experience Ren was a master and the take home equipment I purchased was very affordable. Would highly recommend
5

• 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
5

• 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.
5

• May 2019


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!
5

• Mar 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
5

• 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.
5

• 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
5

• 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.
4

• 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
5

• 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.
5

• Nov 2018


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

Calligraphy workshop review by Xinhui Chen
5

• Oct 2018


Excellent. Highly recommend. Great teacher - authentic, honest and willing to share knowledge with an understanding of the client needs.
5

• Sep 2018


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
5

• 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)
5

• Jul 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.
5

• Jul 2018


The lesson was very clearly delivered, materials all laid out and ready to go.
5

• Jul 2018


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

Calligraphy workshop review by Zackery
5

• 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
5

• Apr 2018


Great teacher and we enjoyed the class very much
5

• Mar 2018


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.
5

• 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.
5

• Sep 2017


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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