Develop your Sumi-e painting skills with Andrea Tierney

27 Apr - 11 May

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

£60 (£45 Concessions)

Class details

Develop your Sumi-e painting skills and learn how to combine them with conventional ink painting techniques. Andrea Tierney teaches you how to combine the techniques in a three week course.

Tuesdays 10am – 1pm

27 April – 11 May inclusive

Course Fee: £60 (£45 Concessions)

Pay As You Go Weekly Fee: £25 (£20 Concessions)

Limited to 10 participants

Sumi-e (sumie) is an ancient technique of monochromatic drawing, based on the use of India ink. The name derives from the words sumi, meaning ink and e, painting. It originated in Chinese painting in the Tang dynasty. The Buddhist monks introduced the technique to Japan in the second half of the 14th Century.

Artists painting in this style often take their inspiration from Nature and use very delicate brush strokes. The paintings are often in monochrome.

In this three week course you will not only develop your sumi-e painting skills but learn how to combine them with conventional ink painting techniques.

Workshop 1

We practice a multitude of mark making and shading techniques with our conventional watercolour brushes. We aim to use these techniques to portray animals (small birds, ducks, swans, cats, dogs and more).

Workshop 2

We learn to combine the use of black ink with colour inks (or watercolour). We work wet on wet and wet on dry using both conventional brushes as well as Chinese brushes. These techniques are perfect for creating floral still lives.

Workshop 3

Perfecting brushwork with lightness of touch, we practice a calligraphic style of painting to create patterns using shades of black, line, texture and contrast. We use our Chinese brushes as well as conventional brushes.


You will need to provide your own materials for this course.

  • Bottle of black permanent (waterproof) ink
  • Colour inks or watercolours
  • Watercolour brushes sizes 4 & 6
  • Sumi-e brushes sizes small and medium. Must have a good tip
  • Medium weight Cartridge paper (120gsm), A4 or A3
  • HB Pencil, rubber, sharpener
  • Palette
  • Apron or old shirt

About the Tutor

Andrea Tierney is a practising artist with a training in Fine Art, Digital media and Textile Design. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and worked in artist residencies in Italy, the Czech Republic and Austria.
For 15 years she worked as art teacher in High Schools and as visiting artist in Primary and High Schools as well as taught Life Drawing and Drawing and Painting in Adult Education.



Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 27 Apr - 11 May
Tuesday 10:00 am
Fees: £60 (£45 Concessions)

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