Sumi Painting (Ink painting)


We are so excited to invite Junko to host and teach in our next workshop. Junko Azukawa is renowned for her Sumi Painting and Japanese Calligraphy. We fell in love with her work the first time we saw it.

The illustration you see on this page is a collage of her students' work, and yes that's what you will be producing for yourself under Junko's guidance. Our class is intentionally small so that everyone gets our undivided attention. 

Below is part of her Biography (You can read more about Junko Azukawa and explore her beautiful gallery here:


Junko Azukawa grew up in Toyama, Japan, at the base of the central Japanese Alps, a region famous for the natural beauty of its landscape.

She started learning traditional Japanese calligraphy, Shodo, at the age of five and has experienced the vast possibilities that calligraphy and Japanese ink painting, Sumie, can express with just simple, monotone brush strokes. 

Toyama, Japan

Junko’s calligraphy teacher Shiro Aoyagi, the founder of the Hokuriku Shodo Academy and also one of Japan’s most respected calligraphy masters, demonstrated his artwork at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia in 2008 and his work is now represented in the NGV’s collection.

Since becoming a resident of Melbourne, Australia in 2005, Junko has brought her unique artistic talents and outlook to the Australian art scene. She started teaching Japanese calligraphy and painting with children and adults at numerous schools and organisations and also exhibited at a number of galleries in Australia and Japan,  most recently at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia in 2016 - 2017. In 2011 Junko started to use her art form with mental illness patients as a form of therapy with great compassion. She is also sought after in commercial design work for her skillful brushwork from bottle label design to restaurant interior design. She has had her illustrations published in the novel: NAVIGATIO authored by Australian writer Patrick Holland in 2014.

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What you will learn

  • How to make and use different Sumi Ink Tones
  • How to control brush pressure and rhythm
  • About composition

What you will get

  • We will provide Washi paper, Unryu paper and brushes needed on the day
  • Guided tuition - Step by Step process
  • Welcome Tea on Arrival ( delicious homemade goodies )
  • 10% discount on paper purchases on the day
  • You will get a beautiful finished painting (A4 with an A3 sized backing, 2 sets for each participant) with red stamps on your work

What to bring

  • Just your Enthusiam and Patience

What to wear


Appropriate for

Not for children aged under 13


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5.0 (1 review)
03 November 2017Sumi Painting (Ink painting)
very talented and enjoyed the experience

Refund Policy

Kami requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Kami to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Kami or organised by Kami must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Kami .


I agree to give Kami unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Kami classes and events or on Kami 's premises. (For use of Kami marketing materials).


Kami requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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