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Arts Workshop: Japanese Calligraphy with Chiyo Sanada

  • Sunday, April 14, 2024:
  • 1:00 - 3:00 PM
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  • Add to calendar 2024-04-14 13:00:00 2024-04-14 15:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Arts Workshop: Japanese Calligraphy with Chiyo Sanada 3rd Floor Classroom BAM

Adult and Teens ages 16+, Limited to 15 participants

Join artist Chiyo Sanada for an adult workshop exploring Japanese calligraphy. Participants will receive guidance in shodō brushwork, and given opportunities to create their own works of kanji calligraphy and sumi-e painting.

This workshop has been developed alongside the Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper exhibition, featuring 9 contemporary artists who have pushed washi beyond its traditional uses to create highly textured two-dimensional works, expressive sculptures, and dramatic installations.

3rd Floor Classroom

General Public: $70 (includes admission to the museum), BAM Members: $50

About Chiyo Sanada

As an artist, Chiyo’s passion has always been Japanese Calligraphy (Shodō ). Shodō is essentially an art of movement, using ink, brush, and paper to express thoughts and emotions in characters.

With complete focus, Chiyo imbues each brushstroke of the Japanese characters or “kanji” with meaning, power, and rhythm. Chiyo’s goal is to make connections with people from all over the world through her art. Though her primary audience is unfamiliar with Japanese characters, she is known for using color, texture, and line to successfully convey emotions and concepts through her art so others can intuitively sense its meaning. Chiyo uses acrylics, watercolor, mixed media collage, and 3D techniques to create her own unique style.

Chiyo is also known for bringing calligraphy “off the page and onto the stage,” with her live calligraphy demonstrations — often performed in conjunction with other Japanese art forms. She has performed with Taiko drummers, “Noh” dancers and Koto players. These dynamic performances result in lasting artworks that reflect and expand on the work of the other performers.

Originally from Hiroshima, Japan, Chiyo began training in Japanese calligraphy at age seven. She started teaching Japanese calligraphy after graduating from Hiroshima Bunkyo Women’s University in 1995 with a teaching certificate and a degree in Japanese calligraphy. Since coming to the U.S. in 2000, Chiyo has made her home in Olympia/Lacey Washington. She regularly shows her work in art exhibitions throughout the Pacific Northwest.


Program Support

 Bellevue Arts Museum is generously supported by its donors and members.

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