Welcome to ArtBrush Online School for Japanese Ink Painting
ArtBrush will assist you in developing your skills in Japanese Ink Painting while giving you a deeper appreciation for this tradition within Japanese art history.
Our online school's step-by-step courses are designed to allow you to practice brush exercises, guiding you in creating your own ink paintings while experiencing the meditative nature of the process.
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Hear from students that took our courses
Read what our students said about their experience taking our ArtBrush online courses.
Very detailed and informative course! I have always been an admirer of Asian traditional painting and this course provided me of an insider's look of this magic world. With the help of Talia and the ArtBrush online courses, I have managed to learn, exercise and master special brushwork techniques otherwise inaccessible to me. I also got an overall understanding of the aesthetics around this beautiful world of ink painting.
I totally recommend this!
— Olympia T. Artist & Writer
Meet your teacher
ArtBrush founder, Talia Lehavi, is an artist, practitioner and teacher of traditional Japanese ink painting. Following years of teaching, her love and passion for this artistic medium has now prompted her to create ArtBrush, the online school for Japanese ink painting.
"My own extensive journey in Japanese ink painting, studying with mentors for seven years and completing an MA at the School of Oriental and Africa Studies in London, has provided me with a wealth of knowledge that I want to share with you. My experience has allowed me to teach Japanese ink painting Worldwide, and I’ve created ArtBrush to allow past and new students to learn alongside me and progress in their creative journey, wherever you are in the World."
New ArtBrush courses
The Foundation Course covers the four traditional themes for the beginner ink painter student. These are bamboo, plum-blossom, wild orchid and the yellow empress, known as the chrysanthemum.
Summer flowers and insects course is a more advanced course to guide you how to paint water irises, wild roses, beautiful hydrangeas, and grand peonies. You will also learn to paint dragonflies, butterflies, ants and bees and discover how to add these insects to your composition in such a way that they will enhance your painting.
Each course also includes a tools and materials check-list, pdf worksheets, and bonus compositions for you to practice in your own time.
Lessons are single, focused courses on one specific subject.
Each lesson also includes a tools and materials check-list, pdf worksheets, and additional compositions for you to practice in your own time.
Please note: some lessons are included in the ArtBrush Courses.
Manuals: Text-based learning
Manuals are written guides to assist you in your Japanese ink painting experience.
Memberships provide you with an all-rounded, in-depth learning experience for your journey in Japanese ink painting.
ArtBrush expanding library provides you with writings and essays on the history of Japanese ink painting.
The tools and materials needed for ink painting
The four main tools and materials used in this practice are brush, paper, ink stick and ink stone. Known as 'the four treasures', these carry a long tradition of craftsmanship in their own right and their quality varies from a simple student's kit to a highly-prized, collectible, hand-made sets. Paper is made of various percentages of kozo fiber (made from the bark of mulberry bush). It can vary in thickness, shade and size. The brush, made of natural animal hair, varies in hardness, size and shape. The ink stick, known as sumi, is made out of soot or coal dust, traditionally mixed with essential oils and natural glue to form a solid stick. This black solid ink has a range of shades of black and a variety of translucency. The ink-stone, known as suzuri, is traditionally made out of slate, which has a rough surface upon which to grind the ink.
View work from our students
Talia is the founder of the new ArtBrush Online school for Japanese ink painting. The school offers step-by-step courses that teach students how to master Japanese ink painting. It catered to beginners and those with prior ink painting experience. There are a wide variety of courses available, including single courses that focus on one specific subject.
The Foundation Course covers the four traditional themes - bamboo, plum-blossom, wild orchid and the yellow empress, known as the chrysanthemum. ArtBrush expanding library provides you with writings and essays on the history of Japanese ink painting. Each course also includes a tools and materials check-list, pdf worksheets, and additional compositions for you to practice in your own time.