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Summer Shodo

2017 Summer Shodo Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF)


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Shodo is an art form using a brush and charcoal ink on paper, wood plaques, and fabric.  It includes Chinese characters (kanji) and Japanese hiragana. Although it originated in the techniques used for letter writing, with its unique form of expression it has developed into an art genre. A number of classes are offered:

  • Shodo A & B: This class will teach strokes used in basic kanji. Students at any level from beginner to advanced are welcome to register and Japanese language skills are not required.

    Shodo A: Mondays, May 22—July 31, and Wednesday, August 2 (except May 29, July 3)
    2—3:45 PM | Instructor: Takemori

    Shodo B: Mondays, May 22—July 31, and Wednesday, August 2 (except May 29, July 3)
    4—5:45 PM | Instructor: Takemori
  • Art Shodo: Students will choose from various Shodo-art samples and learn applicable techniques. Through practicing phrases, characters, and techniques (e.g. scratch or blurred strokes), students will be guided through methods by which they can turn their artistic vision into an expressive style of Shodo artwork. Students will be encouraged to learn various techniques and discover the joy of self-expression. いくつかのサンプルを用意してそこから好きなものを選んで頂きアート書道の手法を教える形になります。かすれや滲みなど、その他また各々に書いてみたい言葉や文字を用意していただいて、生徒さんが表現したいイメージを伺い、それをアート書道としてどの様に形を変えて表現したら良いかなどを教えていく形式になると思います。生徒さん御自身が書きたい内容を決めることが出来るということ。お手本をコピーして学ぶだけではなく、技法を学んで自身で表現していく楽しさを学んでもらうというスタイルです。

    Wednesdays, May 24—July 26
    2—3:45 PM | Instructor: Aoi
  • Advanced Shodo: This class is designed for students who have an extensive experience. Students will create Haiku or Tanka poems using Japanese kana characters. You will practice Kaisho (printed) and Gyosho (semi-cursive) writing styles with Yojijukugo (four-character idioms) quoted from Senjimon (the Thousand Character Classic). Finished works will be displayed. 日本特有の仮名文字Kanamojiをつかって、俳句Haikuまたは短歌Tankaを書きます。文献千字文Senjimonから四字熟語Yojijyukugoを引用し、楷書Kaishoと行書Gyoshoで書きます。書作品を色紙に仕上げ、飾れるようにします。

    Wednesdays, May 24—July 26
    4—5:45 PM | Instructor: Asai

It is highly recommended that you purchase your own brush to bring to class, though we also have brushes available to borrow (classroom use only). All other materials for the course (ink, paper, a felt pad, and a paperweight) are provided in class for classroom use only.

For more details, please email us at To register by phone with a credit card, please call (212) 715-1269. 

Students who register for both a Japanese course and a Shodo course will receive a discount on their Shodo class. For more information, please contact the Language Center at 212-715-1269 or
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About the Instructors: 

Seiren Aoi started studying under Hiroyuki Nakajima, focusing on the artistic aspect of Japanese calligraphy. From 2013, she has become an independent calligraphy artist, providing growth and a mysterious strength to particular Japanese words and the language itself. She actively continues to perform both collaboratively with other various artists, and independently.

Tsuyoshi Takemori (Master Biho)
has over 30 years of teaching experience in Japanese Calligraphy and has served as the Director of Calligraphy for the Kampo Cultural Center, Inc. in the US. Recently, he has worked at the Japan Calligraphy Center International, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Literature from Ryukyu University in Okinawa, Japan

Sanae Asai (Master Suiho)
is a licensed Japanese calligrapher (issued in 1996 by the Calligraphy Institute of Daitobunka University in Japan). She has taught calligraphy for 13 years in schools and cultural institutes in the New York area, including The New School, the Long Island Japanese Culture Center, the Japanese American Society of New Jersey, The Japanese Weekend School, and the Hammond Museum, as well as at her own private studio. 

Please note: Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable (including credit) for any reason after 12 PM, the business day before your class starts.  All refunds are subject to a $20 service charge, including those requested by the deadline date.  No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Cancellations are accepted by phone or in person only. Cancellations via e-mail are not accepted. By registering for a course, I accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy.

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