Japanese Gansai Botanical Painting Workshop

Learn about traditional Japanese painting techniques in this painting class in Greater London.

2.5 hours Class size 1 to 8 (public classes), 2 to 10

label £45 (£10 per class surcharge applies for private classes)
If you're interested in the history of Japanese culture and you'd like a hands-on way to learn more, come along to this painting class in Kingston-upon-Thames and learn about the gansai watercolour painting method.
In this workshop, you will learn about Japanese painting and its techniques, as well as create your own A5-sized artwork inspired by Iwasaki Tsunemasa's Honzo Zufu (本草図譜), a vast chronicle of botany from 18th and 19th century Japan.
Under the guidance of an experienced tutor, you'll learn more about the history of this technique before trying it yourself. You'll be taught how to use Japanese brushes, ink and Gansai paints (Japanese watercolour) on washi paper, and how to mount your artwork onto a wooden panel at the end of the session.
Don't worry if you're not an experienced artist, as you'll have all the help and support you need from your friendly instructor, who'll also be around to answer any questions you may have. You'll take home your beautiful painting along with all the skills and trivia you've learned throughout the session.
Knowledge required
Suitable for all levels and anyone with an interest in Japanese Art
What you'll get
  • All materials and equipment needed: Gansai paint, Menso (line drawing) brushes, Saishiki (colouring) brushes, prepped washi paper, artwork references, wooden panel, nori glue, and Sumi ink.
  • A completed A5 Japanese painting, mounted onto a wooden panel to take home.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a date idea or hen do.

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 12 years old).

An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mum or gift for couples.


Kingston upon Thames, London

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Your teacher can also travel within 5 miles of Kingston upon Thames, to a venue of your choice for a private class

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Two Tree Forest Arts
Two Tree Forest Arts

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Vanessa is a professional artist-educator with over 7 years of teaching experience across a variety of art mediums, and is a qualified teacher with a PGCE in Art and Design from the Institute of Education, UCL. She graduated from Goldsmiths (BA Fine Art and Art History) with First Class Honours and an MA in Aesthetics and Art Theory from Kingston University.
She is passionate about empowering others in their creative practice through an ethos of accessibility and has supported children, teenagers, and adults in classroom settings and workshops.
In 2019, she was commissioned as an Artist in Residence at Facebook's (Meta) Asia Pacific Headquarters to create an extensive and experimental multi-media installation. Most recently in 2022, she was selected as UCL's representative for Tsukuba University's Artist in Residence programme. In 2023, she completed a residency under Master Potter Kwak Kyungtae in Icheon, South Korea.
As an artist, her work has been exhibited across Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and the UK.

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