Sumi-e Lessons



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Sumi-e painting is more than an art –
it is the path to peace and harmony.

Everyone who loves nature can learn this noble art, not only artists. Basic knowledge in painting or drawing is not required.

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This is teaching and learning that comes from the heart and can only be offered by a master of sumi-e.

As with every Japanese art form (or martial art) techniques are learnt by imitating the original. The focus is more on the activity than on the result.

Sumi-e painting is also a form of meditation and has a positive therapeutic effect on stress, anxiety and illness.

sumi-e lesson

sumi-e lesson


When I arrived in Berlin in 2001 sumi-e was virtually unknown. By giving public painting demonstrations I was able to attract interest in this fascinating art form. I currently teach a growing number of students from all parts of society and of all ages (from 13 to 70).

Two-hour classes with small groups are held once a week.


Monday no classes
Tuesday 10 a.m.-12 noon and 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.-12 noon and 6-8 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m.-12 noon and 4-6 p.m.
Friday no classes
Saturday 4-6 p.m.
Sunday no classes

Courses take place at my workshop in Berlin – Charlottenburg, Nithackstr. 6

In my experience every student has a different motivation and abilities and only individual teaching produces quick results. In order to find out more about sumi-e painting you are welcome to come for a trial lesson.

The basic course teaches techniques by copying well-known motifs from Japanese ink-wash works. If students are interested they can follow this up by painting flowers, birds and landscapes (suiboku-ga).

I am keen to encourage students to paint local motifs in the hope of giving this noble art a new home in Germany.

Students from other cities or regions are welcome to come for a one-day or one-week course.

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