Language Center

Spring Shodo Workshops


Beginners Workshop:
Members: $35  Non-members: $40

Weekend Workshop:
Members: $65  Non-members: $70

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Course Information

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.

Beginners Workshop:
This one-day workshop is structured for beginners wishing to try the art of Japanese calligraphy. Students will learn how to use a brush and the brush strokes in basic kanji. Japanese language skills are not required. Supplies will be provided.

Beginners Workshop: Friday, January 17
6–7:45 PM | Instructor: Barringer

Weekend Workshop:
Students will practice the techniques of shodo, and by the end of the workshop will create their own unique calligraphic project to take home. Open level. Japanese language skills are not required. Supplies will be provided.

Weekend Workshop: Saturday, March 14  CANCELLED
1–4 PM | Instructor: Barringer

Shodo Supplies

All materials (brush, ink, paper, a felt pad, and a paperweight) are provided in class for classroom use only, although you are welcome to bring your own personal brush to class if you wish.


Megumi Barringer 雅号:修佳 (Shuka), a licensed Japanese calligrapher since 1997 by Nihon Sogo Shogeiin in Japan, has taught calligraphy for 15 years in Japan and in Princeton, New Jersey. She teaches at Princeton Community Japanese Language School, Princeton University and at her own private studio.

Please Note

Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable (including for credit) for any reason after 12 PM, the business day before your class starts. All refunds, including those by the deadline date, are subject to a $5 service charge. No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Please note that 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

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