In this course, you will :
- Learn the history and fundamentals of Shodo, as well as how it relates to mushin, or meditative clarity of mind. Rie teaches three basic calligraphy styles and techniques.
- Then she walks you through the various materials used in Shodo, recommending what to get and how to get it.
- Before you begin painting, learn to relax your body and mind through guided meditation and becoming aware of your inner Qi. After warming up physically and spiritually, practise basic Shodo brush strokes while channelling energy from your body through the ink and onto paper.
- Next, create the calligraphy characters for "evening moon." Rie walks you through the setup and technique step by step. Then, practise seisho, or clear, transparent calligraphy that requires mushin, or a clear mind. Each step has its own (Japanese) name and procedure, which Rie painstakingly explains.
- To sign your work, make a stamp with your name in katakana, Japanese syllabary. Finalize your work by fine-tuning the composition and mounting it.
- concludes the course by reflecting on everything covered and the meditative processes used. Finally, she encourages you to keep exploring and experimenting with Shodo.
1. Introduction to Shodo
- Shodo and Mushin Clear Mind
- Styles and Techniques
- Utensils and Materials
2. First Stages
- Warming up Body and Mind
- Basic Brush Movements
- Foundational Strokes
3. Step by Step with "Evening Moon"
- Demonstrations and Presentation of Kanjis
- Technical Exercises to Create the YUGETSU
- Fine-Tuning Balancing Up
- Seisho Clear Calligraphy
4. Final Stage Finishing the Piece
- Calligraphy on the Mounted Paper
- Calligraphy Your Name and Creating the Stamp