In this workshop we are going to experiment with some mixed media work in the style of Japanese artists.
- Watercolour paper
- A collection of collage items (from newspapers or magazines)
- Coloured /wrapping paper
- Small scraps of coloured material
- Paints – watercolour / acrylic
- Felt-tip pens
- Small pieces of shiny paper or foil
1. Japanese Landscape Work
Hokusai produced numerous views of Mount Fuji. His landscapes were known as ukiyo- e which means pictures of a floating world.
Using a piece of good quality watercolour paper (either A4 or smaller) draw with pencil a lovely scene. Try and include mountains, water, trees, and rocks. You could include a cherry tree which is a Japanese sign of hope and renewal.
Many Japanese pictures depict figures. These are shown in a variety of ways demonstrating activities that are part of their culture such as taking tea, meeting friends, acting and singing. They also show the fabulous diversity of patterns and designs seen on kimonos, along with amazingly decorative hair accessories and parasols.