Introduction to Japanese Calligraphy

June 7 - June 11, 2024

Introduction to Japanese Calligraphy


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $110

In this workshop Atsuko will introduce participants to the basic ideas and techniques of Shodo, or Japanese calligraphy. Unlike the approach of those who teach in Japan, hers is accessible to those who have no Japanese language ability. No prior experience nor language background is necessary. Participants will explore the concept of body and mind ‘motions’ translated into brushwork on paper.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


Registration for this workshop has been closed.


Atsuko Neely

Atsuko has served as Senior Lecturer of Japanese Language and Culture at Utah State University since 1991. She grew up in a home where her father was a professional calligrapher. She started studying with him as a young girl. Atsuko has been teaching Japanese shodo classes to college students for over 20 years, working to introduce the art of Japanese Calligraphy to the international community.

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