Summer Flowers and Insects

Step-by-step how to create beautiful Japanese ink paintings of water irises, wild roses, hydrangea, grand peonies, dragonflies, bees, ants and butterflies



 

About this course

In this course you will learn to paint four well known summer flowers and insects. These are - 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.


Flowers and insects have always been a popular theme in Japanese art. Learning to observe, appreciate and paint them, has become a specialization theme for students of ink painting, not only because of their beauty, more so, they offer us a glimpse into the magical, interdependent working of nature.



In this course, you will:

  • Learn how to prepare your work-space

  • Practice how to hold the brush and make your own ink

  • Exercise the brush to make fluent lines

  • Enjoy Japanese calligraphy

  • Learn step-by-step how to paint water irises, wild roses, hydrangeas and peonies

  • Learn step-by-step how to paint dragonflies, bees, ants and butterflies

  • Use Japanese watercolours

  • Create your very own beautiful ink paintings and watercolour

  • Deepen your experience of the healing meditative nature of ink painting

  • Explore well known flower paintings from the wealth of Japanese art history



The course also includes:

  • Tools and materials check-list and how to care for your kit

  • Downloadable PDF worksheets to accompany each lesson, and for you to compile your very own course work-book

  • Xtra compositions for you to practice in your own time


Upon completion of this course, you will become confident using the Japanese brush, ink, colour, and paper. You will deepen your understanding of this artistic practice, and discover an open gate to continue and explore your own creative journey.

GALLERY

Highlights of what you will paint

Learn how to paint Summer Flowers and Insects

Step-by-step how to create beautiful Japanese ink paintings of water irises, wild roses, hydrangea, grand peonies, dragonflies, bees, ants and butterflies

INSTRUCTOR

Meet your teacher

Talia Lehavi is an artist, a practitioner and a 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 - online school for the studies of Japanese ink painting. The school is designed for students of all levels, from around the world, who are excited to learn, explore and discover the joy of ink painting and its many facets.

Talia Lehavi Headshot - ArtBrush Japanese Ink Brush Painting Instructor - Artist - London Mallorca Zichron

TESTIMONIALS

What our students say about their experience

Katherine - ArtBrush Student

During uncertain times, ArtBrush has been a wonderful source of solace. I joined ArtBrush as a complete beginner, looking to combine my passion for art with my interest in meditation. Japanese ink painting requires such focus, and engenders a great sense of calmness. I have been able to develop creatively and the process has given me the time for contemplation. I would highly recommend these courses.

—  Katherine B.

CONTENT

Included in this course

Introduction to your course

  1. Summer flowers and insects course - Promo (0:32)

  2. Summer flowers and insects - Introduction (4:22)

  3. Welcome to your workspace (1:54)

  4. Tools and materials - ' The four treasures' (5:09)

  5. Your check list (1:03)

  6. Making ink and how to hold the brush (3:21)

  7. Calligraphy promo (0:28)

  8. Calligraphy practice - FLOWER 花 ‘hana’ (5:06)


Water iris and dragonflies 燕子花と蜻蛉 'kakitsubata to tonbo'

  1. Promo (0:26)

  2. Introduction (2:00)

  3. The aesthetic meaning of ‘irises at the eight planked bridge’ (3:06)

  4. Brush practice - 'Sword like' line (5:17)

  5. Brush practice - 'Ink gradation' (2:03)

  6. How to paint iris leaves (3:23)

  7. How to paint iris flower (4:47)

  8. Painting an iris flower - Ink composition I (3:33)

  9. How to paint iris buds (1:59)

  10. Irises - Ink composition II (7:33)

  11. How to paint dragonflies (5:55)

  12. Soul meditation - Beauty and magic (1:16)

  13. Irises and dragonflies - Ink and colour composition III (11:57)

  14. Bonus Section - 3 additional composition for you to practice in your own time

  15. Outro (1:27)


Roses and bees 薔薇と蜂
‘bara to hachi’

  1. Promo (0:33)

  2. Introduction (3:00)

  3. A wild rose and butterfly painting - Shibata Zeshin (6:24)

  4. Brush practice - 'NI like' lines (5:28)

  5. How to paint rose leaves (13:26)

  6. How to paint rose flowers (8:01)

  7. Painting a rose - Ink composition I (5:16)

  8. How to paint bees (7:26)

  9. Painting buds and rosehip (5:44)

  10. Roses and bees - Ink composition II (11:33)

  11. Soul meditation - Joy and well being (2:05)

  12. Roses and bees - Colour composition III (13:52)

  13. Bonus Section - 3 additional composition for you to practice in your own time

  14. Outro (1:54)


Hydrangea and butterflies 紫陽花と蝶 ‘ajisai to chō’

  1. Promo (0:33)

  2. Introduction (3:09)

  3. Hydrangea of the Rinpa school (8:21)

  4. Brush practice - 'Pause-move-pause' line (5:27)

  5. How to paint hydrangea flowers (9:24)

  6. How to paint hydrangea stems (4:11)

  7. How to paint hydrangea leaves (6:44)

  8. Hydrangea - Ink composition I (5:13)

  9. How to paint butterflies (6:17)

  10. Butterflies - Ink composition II (2:10)

  11. Soul meditation - Gratitude and transformation (1:36)

  12. Hydrangea and butterflies - Colour composition III (19:50)

  13. Bonus Section - 3 additional composition for you to practice in your own time

  14. Outro (1:44)


Peonies, ants and butterflies 芍薬 にアリと蝶 ‘shakuyaku ni ari to chō’

  1. Promo (0:33)

  2. Introduction (3:06)

  3. Hasegawa Tohaku white peony (6:25)

  4. Brush practice- 'thin-thick-thin' wave lines (5:09)

  5. How to paint peony leaves (9:32)

  6. How to paint peony buds (3:50)

  7. How to paint a peony flower (9:26)

  8. How to paint ants (6:01)

  9. Peony and ants - Ink composition I (8:52)

  10. How to paint playful butterflies (8:22)

  11. Painting playful butterflies - Ink and colour composition II (4:58)

  12. Soul meditation - Abundance (1:38)

  13. Peonies and a Butterfly - Colour composition III (12:35)

  14. Bonus Section - 3 additional composition for you to practice in your own time

  15. Outro (2:05)


Outro

  1. Course outro (2:42)

  2. Bonus Section - additional composition for you to further your practice


Music by Peder Helland

Learn how to paint Summer Flowers and Insects

Step-by-step how to create beautiful Japanese ink paintings of water irises, wild roses, hydrangea, grand peonies, dragonflies, bees, ants and butterflies

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.


How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling and as long as ArtBrush is live online, you have unlimited access to the course across any devices you own for as long as you like.


I am a complete beginner. Is this for me?

Yes! The course is designed with beginners and intermediate students in mind, as well as, those who are keen to deepen their knowledge of the field. There are many step-by-step videos that are perfect for anyone just getting started. No previous experience in art or ink painting is required. The course is for mixed-level abilities.


I am a professional artist. Is this for me?

Absolutely! Many professional artists and designers have been studying with Talia and have benefited from the Japanese art and practice aesthetics. The courses offer new ways of observing nature and understanding painting composition and space in a way unique to Japanese ink painting.


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Would I need any special tools and materials?

Yes! Please view the short 'check list' video and PDF inside the course for help in setting up your workspace and for preparing your tool-set for the courses. You can choose from a selection of three comprehensive sets of tools and materials available via ArtBrush.


You can do this via the school on:

https://talialehavi.com/japanese-ink-painting-tools-and-materials


These sets were all made in Japan and curated by Talia for the school. Each set is of high quality and designed to last a lifetime. Expect up to 2 weeks for delivery, local taxes are not included. Alternatively, depending upon where you are based around the globe, you may get individual tools and materials at your local Japanese/Chinese art supply shop or at some general art supply shops. You can also find online a variety of budget sets. Once you learn and understand about your toolkit, you will be able to easily sort out what you need.


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