Learn Japanese pigment painting in a Nihonga workshop

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You will learn how to create your own Nihonga painting, a Japanese style pigment painting that is completely different from "sumi-e" ink painting. Classes are offered in English and Japanese. All levels are welcome!

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  • Learn Japanese Nihonga painting even if you don't have prior painting experience
  • Make beautiful art collections, home decorations, or special gifts!
  • Located near the center of Tokyo

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A few minutes walk from Omotesando Station, or a 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station.

Important Information

No photo or video recording is allowed during the class. Please respect the privacy of the other students in the class. You can take photos or videos after the class.

What you need to bring

Sketches or photos if you want to make your own design.

Meet your host :
  • 日本語 (Fluent)
  • English (Fluent)

Hi! I'm Maria Tanikawa, a Nihonga artist.
I flew to New York to brush up my contemporary Nihonga art skills, and I stayed there for 7 years. I have been teaching Nihonga classes for many years in NY & Tokyo.

I would like to invite you to experience my classes held in Tokyo. Nihonga painting is very different from sumi-e ink painting because in Nihonga, we use Japanese pigments for a traditional way of painting. It's not easy to work with the materials, but I can teach my students, even those without prior experience, to have fun and be creative.

Participants will learn how to decorate uchiwa fans and shikishi boards with Nihonga pigments. I am very experienced at teaching foreign students the secrets of Nihonga!
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Reviews (2)

  • Sonja Sonja

    Great teacher and fun art!

    Maria was a great teacher. She was really encouraging and had good tips for me on how to improve my art piece. I definitely would suggest this class to anyone who is interested in art! She also spoke English really well.

  • Dora Dora

    Good teacher • very good workshop

    I love the workshop a lot. If you like painting or art, you should try to join Maria's workshop to experiement and create your own Japaness masterpiece. Maria is very patient, nice and with a clear guidance as well as explanation of what is Japanese paigment painting. Maria also period gave me a lot of encouragement too! Two hours for me, is a bit too short and rush. 3 hours would be reasonable and have enough time to modify/fix the painting better. But overall, it was a great class! Thank you Maria, we had a great time :)