Introduction to Sumi Painting

Experiment with the Japanese art form of Sumi Painting in our next virtual Family Art Workshop! Experience the flowing techniques of sumi painting while exploring a creative form of self-expression.  Participants will learn the basics of Japanese sumi painting.  Students will be introduced to traditional materials, tools, and brush strokes with a focus on simplifying visual elements by using as few brush strokes as possible.

About the Teaching Artist
Lois Yoshida received her BS degrees in Microbiology and Medical Technology from the University of Washington.  She studied with well-known Northwest sumi-e master Fumiko Kimura and master Asian brush calligrapher Mary Shizuka Bottomley and is past-president of the Puget Sound Sumi Artists organization.  Her award-winning sumi and Asian brush calligraphy paintings have been exhibited in the Northwest and internationally.  She currently teaches at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle as well as her studio in Tacoma and has taught at the Frye Art Museum, Kirkland Arts Center, and South Seattle College.


Registration & Materials
This free class is taking place virtually via zoom. Zoom links will be distributed the day prior to the event. Art material bags are available for purchase for $1.00 and will be available for pick-up at the Museum Store on January 20 & 21st from 11:00am – 5:00pm. Due to the nature of these materials, we recommend purchasing an art materials bag. To register for the class, use the form below. To purchase a materials bag, use the button below the materials list. Material bags must be purchased in advance.
Due to the high number of requests for material bags and limited remaining quantities, we ask participants to only purchase 1 per person and to not exceed two bags per household if possible. Thank you for understanding!
If you have any questions, please email Lauren at Thank you!


Included in Art Material Bag:
  • Sumi Brush
  • Rice Paper
  • Ink
  • Felt

Not Included in Art Material Bag:

  • Paper Weight (low and flat preferable, eg, kitchen silverware knife or 2-3 rocks, etc)
  • Ink Containers (2 small containers to hold small amounts of ink, eg, jar lids or a small dish
  • Water containers (2-3 plastic containers, about 12-16 oz size with smooth edges)
  • Palette (white saucer or a lid of a plastic tub
  • Towel or rag

NOTE: This ink is PERMANENT. Participants are encouraged to cover their work surfaces with plastic before laying out the felt and supplies.


  • January 22, 2022 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm