Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

1 hour Class size 1 to 5

label $50 (or 4 payments of $12.50 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 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 you'll get
their works which can be put on the wall.
What to bring
All equipment is provided. Just bring your enthusiasm!

Renclub is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.


Chatswood, NSW

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

Your teacher

Japanese Traditional Calligrapher in Shodo

4.9 (55)

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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Melissa Marsh Jun 2022

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

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Melissa Marsh

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

Tulin Sayah Jan 2022

16 ClassBento workshops attended • 18 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 workshop review by Tulin Sayah Sydney

Donna Shrimpton Nov 2021

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!

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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

5 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

5 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 workshop review by Paul Ramsey Sydney

Paul Ramsey Jan 2021

5 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.


Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Paul Ramsey

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

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

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

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

Alice Thachasongtham Oct 2019

6 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.

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 workshop review by Emily

Leanne Jan Jul 2019

7 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

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 workshop review by Kylie Jackson

Yogini Patel Jun 2019

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

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

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

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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.


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 workshop review by Xinhui Chen

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

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 workshop review by Zackery

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

Jane Apr 2018

Great teacher and we enjoyed the class very much

Samantha Mar 2018

3 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.

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