Brush Mind: Zen Calligraphy and Brushwork with Kazuaki Tanahashi

Kazuaki Tanahashi

August 12–14, 2011

Tuition $175 + 2 nights

Explore the 1,700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy through ancient Chinese masterpieces. Engage the heart of the learning and creative processes 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 a variety of papers and brushes of different sizes, experiment with artistic interpretation and spontaneous improvisation. Our materials will include black ink as well as biodegradable watercolor paint. No previous experience is needed. Brushes and paper will be provided.

Kazuaki Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan, is an artist, writer, and peace worker. As a painter and calligrapher, his brushwork has been featured in solo exhibitions. He has created a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-color Zen circles. As a calligrapher in East Asian style, he creates works of large single ideographs. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.

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

Financial aid is available for this program.