May 20-23, 2024

Modern Style Sumi.e: Painting & Practice

taught by Nancy Smith Klos

Learn to paint with Sumi.e inks & gouache on rice papers.
Discover a variety of brushstrokes using unique tools.
Study a very different way of seeing & expression found in
Asian cultures. A combination of art, poetry & meditation.
All levels are welcome!

This is a workshop held at Menucha where you can stay overnight in Menucha's Boyd Hall, enjoy home-cooked meals in our dining hall, while experiencing Modern style Sumi.e painting and practice with Nancy. You may also choose to be a commuter who stays overnight in your own bed and enjoys lunch, dinner, and the class.

You'll arrive Monday afternoon, and depart on Thursday before lunch time.

How the class will flow:


Arrive at Menucha and check into lodging and studio space.

Welcome to Menucha

Dinner from 6:00-7:00pm

7:15pm. to 9pm  Evening presentation and demo:

INTRO TO SUMI.E-Chinese brushwork & practice


Doors open at 9am.
Gather, meet and greet with initial presentation
demos Bamboo warmups
Bamboo practice
Students receive their materials kits for the four days.
***All supplies are provided by the Instructor
We will go over all the elements as well. Q & A

Lunch break 1 hour

Afternoon Practice more of “writing Bamboo” & LANDSCAPE
Finding the essential lines through complex landscape and
Using your travel sketchbook to record them. My Demos.
Techniques taught in the morning session will be developed


will inspire our practice. Understanding color and outline
demos. Students create their own original paintings/
writings . Japanese papers will be explored here as well.

Lunch break 1 hour

Learn more about positive and negative space when we
paint/write. Writing our paintings as poetry is today’s



Special event in the morning after breakfast.

Meet me at the Labyrinth! We will close our time together there




About the Artist

I have been painting and creating since I was very young.
My art studies in school and college were focused on traditional subjects:
Portraits, Still Life, Mixed Media, Art History.

For several years in the 1980’s I designed original knitwear.
This led me to additional studies at the Oregon College of Art & Craft
When I moved to Portland in 1987. There I focused on Surface Design
& French Pictorial Tapestry. For15 years I created tapestry commissions a
national clientele in liturgical, corporate & private collections.

In 2010 I began to paint outside on location “En Plein Air”
with wc., gouache and oil painting materials from two local Paint Houses
right here in Oregon: Gamblin Artists Colors & M. Graham Co.
I paint with oils on location in the PNW whenever possible! In winter I
return to water based materials in my home studio.

Over the years since 2010 I have traveled to the PACE Conventions &
had the pleasure of painting in beautiful locations in the western USA:
Monterrey, Ca….San Francisco, Ca….Denver, Co….Santa Fe, NM.
I will be painting in the Whidbey Island Plein Air event again this
summer. My family is in the Seattle area & I often paint on Bainbridge
Island, Wa.

Artists I admire: Vincent VanGogh, Paul Cezanne, Mark Rothko, Georgia
O’Keeffe, Kehinde Wiley, Robert Gamblin, Helen Frankenthaler, Mary
Cassatt, Yuming Zhu. I earned my BFA with my Professor of Art at
Connecticut College Barkley Hendricks. (Collected in The Yale Museum of
Art & The Smithsonian for African American Art).

Cost to Attend

All inclusive of 3 nights lodging, 8 meals, and instruction. Limited to a maximum of 10 participants.

Cost is dependent on the choice of room. A shared room will have 2 occupants - you can request a roommate or let us assign one for you.

Single Occupancy - $955 (shared bath)

Shared Room - $755 (shared bath)

Commuter $695  (class, lunches and dinners, no overnight lodging)

Lunch-Only Commuter $663  (class, lunches but not dinner, no overnight lodging)

Check-in begins at 3:00 pm on Monday, May 20

Depart at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 23


Optional Purchase Protection and Menucha's Cancellation Policy

During registration you will have the option to add Purchase Protection from Purchase Protection LLC. "Purchase Protection is not an insurance policy.  It is a service by Purchase Protection LLC that will refund you 100% of your event fees, taxes, and dues should you be prevented by unforeseen circumstances from attending the event."

Please read what is covered and their terms to decide if this is something that you want to add. It is only available at the time of registration. It is an additional cost paid directly to Purchase Protection LLC and not administered by Menucha.

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