Join Sumi-e Classes

 

The San Diego Community College Continuing Education fall session begins Sept. 4 and ends Jan. 26, 2019. Registration is open online or you can register in class.


Registration materials for the FREE classes are available from the instructor.


NOTE: Classes held at off-site locations will follow the calendar of the off-site location.

IRIS’S FALL CLASSES BEGIN TUESDAY SEPT. 4


Asian Brush painting class is an introductory through advanced course in the art of Sumi-e, with rice paper, ink, ink stone, Asian brushes and watercolor as materials. The student will learn traditional sumie strokes and techniques using subjects taken from nature and our local seasonal environment . This course will explore the history, principles of art and design of Asian and American cultures. 


Classrooms:

Tuesday: 11:30-2:30pm

North University Branch Library

8820 Judicial Drive, San Diego 92122 (858)581-9637


Wednesday: 6:15-9:15pm

West City Campus Room 124A

3249 Fordham St., San Diego 92110 (619)388-1866 (619)388-1873DSPS


Thursday: 11:15-2:15pm

 Lawrence Family Jewish Center

4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla 92037


Friday: 9:-12:00pm

Friday: 12:15 to 3:15pm

West City Campus Room 124A

3249 Fordham St., San Diego 92110 (619)388-1866 (619)388-1873DSPS


Class website: http://www.sdce.edu/emeritus


CRN codes

8131J Tuesday

8122D Wednesday

8162J Thursday

8128F Friday 9-12pm

8159J Friday 12:15-3:15pm


Subject Calendar for Fall  Classes 


September 4-7

1  Apples in a basket and on the tree with flying sparrow


September 11-14

2  Trumpet shaped flower vines such as "Esperanza" Tecoma Bells of Fire and Mandevilla to thank Esperanza Stewart for her perfect attendance in 2 of my classes since I began at sdce in February 2017


September 18-21

3  Tsukimi or Otsukimi,  moon-viewing, Mid Autumn Harvest Festival-Figs  無花果


September 25-28

4  Poppies and cabbage white butterfly by  Van Gogh adapted to Asian brush  


October 2-5

5  Lotus and the Fukishima Lantern Festival . JCC class for this week will be held at N. University library


October 9-12

6  Sea turtle or leopard Sharks with Kelp off of the La Jolla coast


October 16-19

7  Wild California Grapes.  Hallo-Wine Fall Festival fight to prevent child abuse in San Diego


October 23-26

8  Sandhill Crane in Cali late Sept-winter


October 31-November 2

9 Gourds and Bats


November 6-9

10 Waterfall


November 13-16

11 Kiku Matsuri Festival and Torch Ginger botanical name- Etlingera Elatior. Using 4 Gentlemen Chrysanthemum strokes


November 17-25 No School

Thanksgiving Holiday with take home Chrysanthemum leaves handout


November 27-31

12 Vermilion Flycatcher and insects


December 4-7

13 Squirrels 


December 11-14

14 Autumn foliage Chinese Pastiche tree & Japanese Maple


December 17, 2018-January 1, 2019

Fall/Winter Break No School 


January 2-5

15 Tea and Coffee plants and washes


January 9-12

16 Foo Dog


January 15-18

17 Pig/Boar 


January 22-25

18 Coral tree blooms in January


*Class Subjects may be modified due to the whims of nature. For example if a botanical subject model is unavailable, another live plant will serve in its place.Course and Instructor Information


Dear Favored Student,


 I look forward to seeing you and have missed you greatly.


Please share this email and calendar of subjects with any of your acquaintances and the media so that we can have huge classes.


Since we may not have seen each other in a while, and because there may be some confusion about what Asian brush is, I'm going to explain a little bit about the upcoming semester. 


This year I will be giving attendees many more handouts, which you may keep, that show the strokes you should use to create your painting. 


Please let me know what you need to best learn this wonderful subject. I'm only an email away and will try my best to accommodate you. 


Asian brush aka sumi-e aka Chinese brush painting, is an art form passed down from teacher to student. Every one of my teachers, with one striking exception, speaks of his/her Sifu (Sensei) during demo. "My teacher taught me how to paint the petal this way" is very common to hear in any brush painting class throughout the world. I also do this. Because I've had many teachers, I specify which master showed me. 


I teach TRADITIONAL SUMI-E  (rice paper, ink, ink stone, Asian brushes) but blend the way I teach by incorporating some of the methods from each of my teachers. For example, Japanese teachers typically demonstrate without explaining and students learn by watching over and over. Verbal descriptions of how to execute strokes and techniques is very Chinese. I demonstrate and explain each stroke's origin and all of the steps to execute a subject but don't have the continuous banter of my Chinese teachers. I do not have the silence of my Japanese Senseis. 


Some of my teachers taught only subjects from the nature of Asian seasons. Others only discussed contemporary material. I try to incorporate both Asian and local subjects related to the cycles of our year. 


I had Senseis who were mavericks who made up their own style, with no regard to patterns or time honored custom. Others required their students to paint "my way or the highway". I talk to you about the materials, explain which traditional stroke patterns are used and then let you go.  You are an adult and master of your own life. If you want more guidance, I'm always available. 


Because most of us did not learn Chinese calligraphy (kanji) at an early age, I do not emphasize the strict use of the 4 Gentlemen but I speak of these strokes more than any of my teachers ever did. I incorporate many 4 Gentlemen strokes into each lesson but "hide" them like a parent does broccoli in a casserole. You will hear me say, "The apple leaf is a wider version of the bamboo leaf stroke. Here's how we do it". "The stem is a bone stroke, like the bamboo stalk".

Eagerly Anticipating our Wonderful times together,

Sensei Iris


Instructor BIO

SENSEI IRIS TEACHES 5 CLASSES OF ASIAN BRUSH PAINTING FOR THE EMERITUS PROGRAM OF THE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT. HER SAN DIEGO MENTOR IS MASTER TEACHER TAKASHI  IJICHI. SHE IS ETERNALLY GRATEFUL TO TAKASHI FOR HIS TOUGH LOVE AND WAS HONORED WHEN HE HANDED THE BATON OVER TO HER IN 2017.


IRIS' LOVE OF BRUSH PAINTING BEGAN AT AGE 3 WHEN SHE VIEWED SUMI-E ON HER GRANDFATHER'S  LIVING ROOM WALL. SHE STARTED USING ASIAN BRUSHES (UNCLE WAS AN IMPORTER/EXPORTER OF ASIAN GOODS)  AT AROUND THE SAME AGE AND HAS NEVER STOPPED.


SHE HAS SEVERAL DEGREES IN FINE ART AND A CERTIFICATE TO TEACH CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING FROM COASTLINE COLLEGE.  SHE BEGAN HER ART CAREER BY TEACHING WESTERN ART IN NEW YORK BUT TOOK A LENGTHY DETOUR AND WORKED

IN THE MEDICAL FIELD FROM 1985 TO 2017. SHE  STARTED TEACHING ART IN AGAIN IN 2006.


IRIS LIVES NEAR THE BEACH. HER HUSBAND AND HIS FAMILY SUPPORT HER ARTISTIC EFFORTS.


Dr. Iris Lowe (Lowe-Reiss) 
Email:drilowe@gmail.com or ilowe@sdccd.edu



 



MICHIYO KIRKPATRICK

CLASSES RESUME ON 9/5


Japanese ink painting (sumi-e) class with Sensei Michiyo Kirkpatrick (pictured below)












Sensei Michiyo teaches authentic Sumi-e, Japanese ink painting.


Class is taught slow-paced step by step, and really relaxed.

Beginners and Seniors are welcome. 


The FREE course is offered through San Diego Community College Continuing Education.

Register in class. You can join anytime. 


Michiyo’s fall schedule: 

9/5 to 1/24/2019


Serra Mesa Kearny Mesa Library

Monday 2-5pm

Thursday 12-3pm


Scripps Miramar Ranch Library

Wednesday 4:30-7:30pm


Hope to see you in the class!


Warm Regards,


Michiyo Kirkpatrick

NEW! TAKASHI CLASS!


Sensei Takashi Ijichi returns to teaching with a

class at the Santa Clara Recreation Center, Santa Clara Place, San Diego, CA, 92109. The new class begins 9/4 and runs through 1/22/2019. Class hours are 12:30 to 3:30 pm.


Class subjects include:

9/4 orchid

9/11 bamboo

9/25 camellia with bird

10/2 pomegranate 10/9hummingbird

10/16 persimmon  

10/29 chrysanthemum 

Sensei Takashi Ijichi (left) and Sensei Iris Lowe-Reiss (below).