Brush Mind: Zen Calligraphy and Brushwork

Kazuaki Tanahashi

August 10–12, 2012

Tuition $185 + 2 nights

Explore the 1,700 year-old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy through ancient Chinese masterpieces. Engage the heart of the creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice how our imperfection and inner criticism keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to foster the joy and serene excitement that can be applied to everyday life. Using black ink, biodegradable watercolor paint, and a variety of papers and brushes of different styles, we will experiment with artistic interpretation and spontaneous improvisation. No experience required.

Kazuaki Tanahashi

Kazuaki Tanahashi is a painter, calligrapher, writer and peace worker. Born and trained in Japan, he is known for creating a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-colored Zen circles. A fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, his brushwork has been featured in many solo exhibitions. He teaches and performs worldwide. Author of Brush Mind, Penetrating Laughter, Lotus, and The Heart Sutra. Learn more at

Program Details

Date and Time Details: Please arrive between 2:00–5:00 pm on Friday, August 10. Program ends with lunch at 12:30 pm on Sunday, August 12.

Financial aid is available for this program.