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Funky shell and sea patterns

25 June 2019

Funky shell and sea patterns

Inspired by the sea shore and sea creatures, we sketched and doodled at our own pace at Clydebank art group (Centre81) using pens and pencils. This Wednesday we will use oil pastels and collage to explore the textures of the sea. 🏝 Please come along to enjoy some relaxed creative time 😉

Funky shell and sea patterns
Funky shell and sea patterns
Funky shell and sea patterns
Funky shell and sea patterns
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Flowing patterns of birds, grasses and flowers

18 June 2019

Last time at Clydebank art group (Centre81) we had some de-stress doodling time and we drew some patterns with birds, flowers and grasses 🐦🌿🌺 
At the next group we will have a fresh sea theme! 🏝 
You are very welcome to come along to join us 🙂

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Spring experiments and lots of tensho!

5 June 2019

The primary school group on Saturday at North United Communities in Maryhill Hub tried Japanese calligraphy for the first time and had lots of fun!

To begin with we did some short meditation together, just grounding and breathing, settling, and then touching the materials which everyone enjoyed. Then we poured the sumi ink and straight away they were making marks with the fude brushes and engaging with the pictorial aspects of the characters, and the shapes of the strokes.

They were especially keen to try the tensho and kinbun styles of characters, and we chatted about the meanings behind these and how they related to our experience of being connected to nature. There was a fair bit of experimentation in this group with the children exploring the dense quality of the ink and also the hanshi paper which was is a lot thinner they are used to. 

明 akarui – bright was a nice kanji that was enjoyed, and also 春 haru – spring – and dai 大 – great – with other kanji also being worked on. The meanings and rich visual language of each character was quickly absorbed by the young people.

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Colour and movement – painting with watercolours

5 June 2019

Last week at Clydebank art group  (Centre81) we had fun with watercolours inspired by nature, looking at the varied colour combinations and shapes in leaves and flowers.

Our initial doodles helped us to free up and get our creativity going!

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Clouds and heart-mind at Maryhill Hub

30 May 2019

Clouds and heart-mind at Maryhill Hub

Secondary school young people at the Friday night North United Communities group embraced Japanese writing and Shodo calligraphy. The group had some meditative time first to feel the textures and weight of the materials, such as the types of fude brushes, suzuri ink well and bunchin paper weight, and to settle and breathe deeply, before beginning.

Clouds and heart-mind at Maryhill Hub

Kumo 雲 – cloud – was especially popular in the kaisho style. And with a few participants being anime fans such as of Natsu Dragneel, so we worked on natsu 夏- summer – as well as a bonus!

Clouds and heart-mind at Maryhill Hub
Clouds and heart-mind at Maryhill Hub
Clouds and heart-mind at Maryhill Hub

Some young people also enjoyed working on kokoro 心 – heart or mind. One young participant even worked on the hiragana syllabary which was fantastic and we explored some of the pronunciation of these as well as the kanji characters.

Clouds and heart-mind at Maryhill Hub
Clouds and heart-mind at Maryhill Hub
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Leafy breezy doodles in the community garden

27 May 2019

Leafy breezy doodles in the community garden

At the Clydebank art group, we took advantage of the sunny weather to do some wee sketches and doodles outside in the leafy green Centre81 community garden, and we enjoyed other drawings inside as well using pens and coloured pencils🙂🌞🌿🌺

Leafy breezy doodles in the community garden
Leafy breezy doodles in the community garden

It was lovely and peaceful in the garden with the sound of the breeze through the trees🌳

Leafy breezy doodles in the community garden
Leafy breezy doodles in the community garden
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Springy summery leaves and rippling water at Clydebank art group 🌿🌞🌸

21 May 2019

Inspired by the canal area next to the Centre81, the leaves and flowers and shoots at the banks of the gently moving waters, we enjoyed some easygoing doodling and sketching with pens, pencils and coloured pencils. Relaxing and fun 😄

Springy summery leaves and rippling water at Clydebank art group 🌿🌞🌸
Springy summery leaves and rippling water at Clydebank art group 🌿🌞🌸
Springy summery leaves and rippling water at Clydebank art group 🌿🌞🌸
Springy summery leaves and rippling water at Clydebank art group 🌿🌞🌸
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Shodo calligraphy at Ruchill Community Centre

21 May 2019

At our first Sasakawa Foundation sponsored event in Ruchill, local children and staff tried out Japanese calligraphy for the first time, using traditional materials such as fude brushes and sumi ink to write some Chinese kanji characters. We explored a natural theme of light and space. 

Shodo calligraphy at Ruchill Community Centre

We started with some discussion about the styles and type of imagery, and just a little about the history! Then after some demonstration, we worked from tsuki 月, moon, and hi 日, sun or day. The young people really engaged with the peaceful and attentive way of working, and with the tensho and kaisho styles, and surprisingly told us it was so easy! They wanted more kanji to work from 🙂

Shodo calligraphy at Ruchill Community Centre

Next we worked on mountains and water, or landscape, sansui 山水, a nice simple word with two characters. Then ai 愛, love, and onto dai 大, great or large, which has a lovely balance and contrast between the type of brushstrokes. No problem for the Ruchill young folk! 

Shodo calligraphy at Ruchill Community Centre
Shodo calligraphy at Ruchill Community Centre
Shodo calligraphy at Ruchill Community Centre
Shodo calligraphy at Ruchill Community Centre
Shodo calligraphy at Ruchill Community Centre

We then worked on each person’s name in the katakana syllabary, which we encouraged them to add to some of their pieces, or just try it on a single sheet of paper. 

Shodo calligraphy at Ruchill Community Centre
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The way of sho

24 April 2019

At Zen Heart Brush this time we worked with the characters for Shodo – the way of writing. 書 Sho/ kaku can mean to write, to draw or to paint so has a fairly broad range of interpretation. Lots of horizontal strokes in this character!

The way of sho
The way of sho
The way of sho

道 Dou/ michi – meaning way, road, teachings such as Buddha way – visually varies a lot from tensho to kaisho styles, especially the foot moving forward on the left side (hen radical), itself meaning walk or advance. We looked briefly at the roots of meaning of this Chinese character which are ancient and shamanic.

The way of sho

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