Joan Rasp, “Ryujo”
STELLA TING,  “Ryu Gyoku”
NANCY LEE, “Ryunan”

Paintings by Taka Sumi-e Society's Shihan Students

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Friends of Taka Sumi-e

is an art-based society in San Diego, California, dedicated to studying and sharing the art of Japanese style sumi-e brush painting.

The society was founded in 2002 and currently has 70 members.


For more information on the society, Click HERE.

The society’s founder and guiding light is Takashi Ryuho Ijichi, long-time San Diego Community College art instructor and a leading figure in  San Diego’s Japanese cultural community.  With the retirement of Sensei Takashi in 2017, our San Diego Community College teachers are Iris Lowe-Reiss and Michiyo Kirkpatrick.

Society News

Summer 2022 CLASS Enrollment opens May 16th

The SDCCD portal is now up and running for Summer 2022 registration.

No permission code from the instructor or proof of Covid vaccine is needed to enroll.  

Class Information is updated for Iris, Michiyo and Tatsuko.

See more detail on the Sumi-e Classes tab. 

Our 2022 Annual Art Exhibition

The Taka Sumi-e  2022 Annual Art Exhibition is now available.

Click HERE for show details.

The 2021 show is available HERE.

2022 San Diego County Fair - Fine Art Show Entry

The entry deadline for submitting your art to the San Diego County Fair - Exhibit of Fine Art is April 22nd.  

Click HERE for the entry form including information and instructions for this year’s San Diego County Fair Fine Art Exhibition.

Submit your masterpiece(s) and support the “Asian art” division [Division 021] so it continues.

You could win a beautiful ribbon and perhaps even sell your artwork!  

2022 Annual Membership Form

The updated 2022 Annual Membership Form is available HERE. Please complete the form and mail it and your $20 membership fee today! 

Thirty Day Challenge 

The Books tab has been updated to include Cliff Brown's new eBooks "Sumi-e Hands 2021".  This is his June 2021 Thirty Day Challenge to draw and paint hands in sumi ink.

To view "Sumi-e Hands 2021", Click HERE.

To see all of Cliff's eBooks, Select the Books tab.

Tuesday Painters on Zoom

Tuesday Painters is a group of FOT members and sumi-e students who meet to paint outdoors.  The informal group is now meeting every Tuesday at 12:30pm on Zoom.  If you'd like to join in with the Tuesday Painters, contact Gaye Lingley takasumiesociety@gmail.com

For more details, Click HERE.

Washu-Kai Virtual Show from November 2021

Washu Kai’s second annual virtual art show continues on YouTube. 

It is available HERE.

Takasumi-e Annual Party - Slideshow

A pdf of the slideshow prepared for the 2020 Annual Takasumi-e Party is attached HERE

Use the curved up and down arrows to the right of the magnifying glass "search" icon to jump one full page at a time.

Society Newsletters

Friends of Takasumi-e Society newsletters are now available on this site. 

See the Newsletter page under the Events and Meetings menu item.

To view the Newsletters, Click HERE.

Wet Stretching Instructions

Cliff Brown's Wet Stretching Instructions document and a two part video demonstration are now available on this site.  See the Wet Stretching page under the How To... menu item.

To view "Wet Stretching" page, Click HERE.

Tuesday Painters Gallery


A new Tuesday Painters Gallery page has been added under the Art Galleries menu item.  We collected paintings made between 2013 and this year.  Please take a look at these very creative paintings and let us know if there is value in this approach, and what other subjects should be included with their own Gallery page.

For more details, Click HERE.

Upcoming Workshops

Workshops are held on the first Saturday of each month. 


To access the current Workshop Schedule, located at the bottom of the Society Information & Workshops page, Click HERE.


Kinu-e Kai is the Friends of Taka Sumi-e silk painting group.  The groups meets monthly at Leucadia Pizza in University City (near the Costa Verde and UTC shopping centers).  If you have questions contact Stephanie Mast, finmanhamster01@yahoo.com


For more details, Click HERE.

To contact Friends of Taka Sumi-e email takasumiesociety@gmail.com or call 858 336-1565.


Visit our Facebook Group: Friends of Taka Sumi-e


Friends of Taka Sumi-e is an affiliate of the San Diego Botanical Garden Foundation Inc. Balboa Park, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization http://www.sdbgf.org

1650 El Prado, Casa Del Prado in San Diego
Balboa Park E-mail : sdbgf@nethere.com


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