Art Groups

Drawing Anime and Manga characters

Drawing Anime and Manga characters

At our popular アニメ Anime drawing and doodling group in December on Zoom, we had a fun and relaxed time drawing our best loved characters from anime and manga 😁  Blair gave images to help inspire participants as well as detailed demos at the group.… Read More »Drawing Anime and Manga characters

Brushing Shikantaza at Shodō Zen Calligraphy

Brushing Shikantaza at Shodō Zen Calligraphy

At Shodō calligraphy for our last group together in 2021, we had great fun brushing the lovely loose characters of Shikantaza  只管打坐 , about Zen sitting meditation (Zazen). We enjoyed exploring the kanji characters together in the semi cursive Gyōsho style and the quirky old… Read More »Brushing Shikantaza at Shodō Zen Calligraphy

Relaxing drawings of the mysterious moon at De-stress

Relaxing drawings of the mysterious moon at De-stress

At the De-stress drawing group we had a magnetic and mysterious lunar theme inspired by the autumn and winter moon 🌜🌑🌙🌕 which had been appearing shyly through the clouds on recent nights. It was a very relaxing group with a nice peaceful vibe, and some… Read More »Relaxing drawings of the mysterious moon at De-stress

Learning the Four Seasons at Kanji Club

Learning the Four Seasons at Kanji Club

The theme for November at our language and cultural Kanji Club was the Four Seasons – 春夏秋冬  Shunkashūtō, literally meaning Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter 🌸🌻🍂🍢 These four kanji appear often in seasonal words and many topics such as travel. We learned to read, pronounce and write… Read More »Learning the Four Seasons at Kanji Club

Light and Movement at Tenkoku Stampmaking

Light and Movement at Tenkoku Stampmaking

Our Tenkoku Japanese and Chinese stamp making group explored composition and how to create movement and atmosphere. We had some images of sunshine, figures and spears too in the old tensho seal engraving characters ✨ We also enjoyed some carving, chipping away at our stones. Blair… Read More »Light and Movement at Tenkoku Stampmaking

Youth Arts Project – De-stress and Express, Part 2

De-stress and Express helped young people and children engage with the arts and develop art skills and confidence. Blair especially guided them to be creative mindfully and relax, as well as learn to use new art materials and techniques!  As the project continued and more young… Read More »Youth Arts Project – De-stress and Express, Part 2

Manga, Anime and Comic Project for Young People

Manga, Anime and Comic Project for Young People, Part 2

Moving deeper into autumn 2021 Blair continued working with the young people from North United Communities (with funding from Creative Scotland and Glasgow Connected Arts Network) leading the Manga, Anime and Comic Project. As the project developed with input from the young people we explored the… Read More »Manga, Anime and Comic Project for Young People, Part 2

Fang-tastic Halloween Shakyo

Fang-tastic Halloween Shakyo

It was a cosy and fang-tastic Halloween themed Sutra Tracing group on the 31st October, copying the famous Heart Sutra – Hannya Shingyo, known more fully as the Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra. We couldn’t keep away the demons from joining, but thankfully… Read More »Fang-tastic Halloween Shakyo

Celebrating 紅葉 Autumn Colours in Sо̄sho Calligraphy

Celebrating 紅葉 Autumn Colours in Sōsho Calligraphy

At our Shodō calligraphy group (on the last or second last Monday monthly on Zoom), we brushed two characters Kōyo  紅葉 , meaning Autumn Colours. The kanji literally means crimson red leaves, so we celebrated and embraced the autumn season through Shodо̄ 🍁 We brushed… Read More »Celebrating 紅葉 Autumn Colours in Sōsho Calligraphy

De-stress doodling colourful leaves

De-stress doodling colourful leaves

At the De-stress drawing group we had an easygoing meeting with a nourishing theme of embracing the autumn colours and leaves, enjoying the changing spectrum of colours and textures at this time of year, refreshing our senses 🍂🍃🍁 We started with some fun doodling of… Read More »De-stress doodling colourful leaves