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Spring 2013 Shodo

Non-members $300
Japan Society members: $270*
(includes a $10 fee for supply of paper for classroom use)
*For tuition discount, please contact Reiko Sassa at 212-715-1256.

Course Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF)

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Shodō I

Fridays, 2/8–4/12; 4:00 to 5:30 pm
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.

Shodō II

Mondays, 2/4–4/15 (no class 2/18); 4:00 to 5:30 pm
This class is designed for the students who have completed Shodō I or have equivalent experience.

Shodō III

Wednesdays, 2/6–4/10; 4:00 to 5:30 pm
This class is designed for the students who have completed Shodō II or have equivalent experience.

Shodō IV

Fridays, 2/8–4/12; 10:00 to 11:30 am
This class is designed for the students who have completed Shodō III or have equivalent experience.

Shodō V

Fridays, 2/8–4/12; 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Limited to students who have successfully completed Shodō IV. Students can study either reisho, kana, or pen calligraphy.

Contemporary Shodō
Wednesdays, 2/6–4/10; 2:00 to 3:30 pm
This class will develop traditional Japanese characters into a more contemporary stylistic form, through changes in brush speed, direction and gradation.

Weekend Shodō

5 Sundays, 2/3–3/3; 10:40 am to 1:40 pm or 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Open to students at all levels.

Shodō 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. This hands-on workshop will introduce the techniques of shodō.

The instructor is Ms. Masako Inkyo. Her university degree is in Japanese Calligraphy and she is a member of the three largest shodō professional associations in Japan. In all three she holds the highest rank, based on work she has submitted. She has also received many awards, including first prizes in both shodō and pen calligraphy in national competitions sponsored by the Ministry of Education. For more information, visit

Each class is limited to 15 people, and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Most importantly, because of the sequential development of the courses, attendance at all 10 lessons is required.

Materials for the course (brush, ink, a felt pad, and a paperweight) are provided in class for classroom use only. Students may purchase a brush and a felt pad for their own use at home at the special price of $5.00 each.

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