Iris Lowe (Lowe-Reiss)

IRIS’S SPRING CLASSES BEGIN TUESDAY JAN 28th AND RUN THROUGH JUNE 2nd.

An adult student may enroll at any time. Registration is available in class. 

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 sumi-e 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.

Class Demo - Painting a Panda
Classrooms:

Tuesday: 11:30-2:30pm,   Class #20016

North University Branch Library

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

 

Thursday: 11:15-2:15pm, Class #20018

Lawrence Family Jewish Center

4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla 92037

 

Friday:  9:00-12:00pm,    Class #20448

Friday: 12:15- 3:15pm,    Class #20449

West City Campus, Room 124-A

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

 

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

Subject Calendar for Spring Classes 

 

Week 1 January 28-31 Year of the Rat. Paint the Chinese Zodiac sign.

Week 2 February 4-7  Mandarin Duck

Week 3 February 11-14 No classes on 2/14 due to School holiday Paulawnia, with heart shaped leaves for Valentine's day

Week 4 February 18-21 Calla Lily

Week 5 February 25-28 Owl

Week 6 March 3-6 Rabbits

Week 7 March 10-13 Tropical fish

Week 8 March 17-20 Weeping Cherry and Willlow and Cherry Blossoms

Week 9 March 24-27 Taiwanese stone blue and green mountains

Spring Break March 30-April 3 

Week 10 April 7-10 Forsythia and Chicks

Week 11 April 14-17 Piaget Rose and Itoh Peony

Week 12 April 21-24 Dragon

Week 13 April 28- May 1 Iris for Boy's day 5/5

Week 14  May 5-8 Name Painting

Week 15 May 12-15 Painting on rocks

Week 16  May 19-22 Sea horses

Week 17  May 26-29 Goats

Week 18  June 2 Review plus Stretching (Mounting) a painting and getting it prepared for viewing

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.

Instructor BIO

SENSEI IRIS TEACHES 4 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 AGAIN IN 2006.

 

Iris sends a class email to her students each week.  Below is an excerpt from one of her emails detailing her teaching style:

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

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