Distance learning

I would always recommend you all to learn Shodo with a qualified calligraphy teacher. Even if each teacher has a different way of teaching, it is far better than learning at home alone with books and a youtube channel.

If you haven’t got any teacher near by,  it is worth finding a good teacher and travel to learn the techniques every few months preferably.

The calligraphy books and the youtube channel are only supplying extra information to compare and provide possible input into your learning process.

I find it is a pity and heart breaking when an enthusiastic person tries to learn Shodo for a while by oneself – and sadly all what he/she did was just wrong movement. 

One can not learn the art of Shodo by your self at all. You could maintenance it once you buid a solid foundation but not start it from scratch just like other Do-Art (Judo,  Karatedo, Sado,  Kado..). It is not possible because one needs to see the hands on guidance and practise it together in a specific process to complete the stage.

The way of doing basic techniques you learned from your teacher should always remain the same. Otherwise it would become terribly confusing if you pick up other ways of doing a particular technique.

Zen text working progress from Michael’san

I have some students around Europe who come and learn in some intensitive private sessions or workshops a few times a year. (at least once a year) They are from all levels like beginners to the master class and have various backgrounds and professions.  Surprisingly they all keep up their skills and keep brushing up new techniques everytime I see them.

I am more and more convinced that my original method is working for many – including some Japanese students young to senior.  

And I am constantly discovering new elements in the art of Shodo as well as the way of teaching.

These are from one of my distance learners, Marco-san in the U.K. – Seishos are corrected and feedback is given. 

If you live in Germany, France or Switzerland- U.K., Europe, you are always welcome to learn through my method and later you could continue your practice by distance learning.

Happy Practice!

Arigato,  Rie

One of snaps from my Instagram:

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Otehon for winter season

Are you already enjoying your Shodo practice in a warm cozy room with some candles on?!

When it comes to practising Shodo, Autumn and Winter seasons are great for us to refind a inner silence and develop a deeper sense of mindfulness.

Today I post a perfect seasonal Otehon for here and now.

 

Otehonn text “shimobashira 霜柱”

: しもばしら/ シモバシラ

-English: Frost pillar,  Frost columns

-German: Frost Kristalle, Raureif

2 Kanjis;

-霜 shimo : Frost

-柱 bashira : Column, Pillar

-Level: beginner to intermediate

-Brush size: medium to big,  for both hard and soft haired

Technical Tips:

– make sure the difference between the side brushing and the direct brushing

– a clear 1-2-3 movement in the corner techniques

– left Harai technique, always wait for the cursive point.

– check all types of bending strokes

– check the middle line and composition balance

Enjoy your Shodo hours”

Happy Practice!

Arigato, 

Rie

www.shodocalligraphy.com

SHODO course in Basel

I give a Shodo course in Basel since this September. 

It has been great to see these beautiful participants making lots of progress and challenging their mindfulness process every time. 

Compliment on their calligraphy pieces and the “shou-nen 正念” right mindfulness!

Next lesson is on the 5th. December.

And I do love Basel! – Full of “Arts” and inspiration..

The atelier is just in front of Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Alban Rheinweg!

More info : Calligraphy course in Basel 

Happy Practice!

Arigato, 

Rie

www.shodocalligraphy.com

Next Workshop in Freiburg, Germany

When; Sunday, 12. November, 13.00 ~ 16.00
Where; Haus Diva, Lise-Meitner-Strasse 12
D79100, Freiburg- Vauban

Level; From beginners to professionals

Fee; 45€ / all materials and texts included,  calligraphy tools provided

I would like to inform you that the next calligraphy workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday, the 12th. November starting at 13.00.

We will this time practise beautiful frost theme texts in many different calligraphy styles.

The workshop is designed for a small group of people (max.8) and for 8all levels including some professional needs too.

The beginners are always welcome!

  • If you would like to sign in,  please send me a mail on: shodokurs@gmx.de

         www.shodocalligraphy.com

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!!

Happy Practice!

Arigato!

Rie

Otsukimi: Moon viewing

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful Autumn colours.

I would like to update a new Autumn text in Hiragana.

It is suitable for the beginners and those who are eager to brush up Hiraganas.

The Otehon text : OTSUKIMI おつきみ

It has four Hiraganas.

Tip :

– For medium to big brush,  both hard and soft.

– make sure you fold the paper into four boxes

– Loads of Nuki* Slide out techniques in the text,  so the warming-up practice with spirals recommended.

– For Hane*jumping technique, make sure you do the 1*2*3 movement with your brush.

Movement 1; Pause~ the place where you stop at the first stroke 

Movement 2 ; Preparation~ you open the hair of brush little bit.

Movement 3 ; To jump ~ you pull the energy up through your naval and slowly proceed to jump.

– Make sure you are able to imagine the clear picture of the moon you like and an extra feeling for that moon. 

– Kanji for that text is; “お月見”  or “月見”, you can drop the お.
Happy Practice!

Arigato, 

Rie

Sanshotai : To rise

Another Sanshotai (three calligraphy styles) from my morning calligraphy routine. Lately my choice of Kanji is very much inspired by the beautiful Autumn colours and the atmosphere…

– Shou,  Nobo-ru

– To rise

In Sandhotai

You can see the development from the right hand side.

Sosho ⬅  Gyosho ⬅ Kaisho

Link to my Instagram 

Happy Practice!

Arigato,  

Rie

www.shodocalligraphy.com

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Next Workshop in Freiburg, Germany

When; Sunday, 15. October, 13.00 ~ 16.00

Where; Haus Diva, Vauban in Freiburg.

Level; From beginners to professionals

Fee; 45 euro ~All materials included, tools provided.

I would like to inform you that the next calligraphy workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday, the 15th. October starting at 13.00.

We will practise beautiful Autumn theme texts in many different calligraphy styles.

The workshop is designed for a small group of people (max.8) and for all levels including some professional needs too.

The beginners are more than welcome!!

If you would like to sign in,  please send me a mail on ; shodokurs@gmx.shodokurs@gmx.de

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

Otehon; Kingyo~Goldfish

I hope you are enjoying these hot sunny days! Are you brushing up your calligraphy skills?! Or doing more stroke-practice?!

Before the summer holiday ends, I would like to post an Otehon for the month of August.

The summery text you can not avoid ….

Yes,  “Goldfish”!!

“Aka-i-kin-gyo (Jap) ~ Red goldfish”

*Akai: Red

*Kingyo: Goldfish (Kin; Gold +Gyo; Fish)

*4 Kanjis and 1 Hiragana

Please check all balance lines, composition frames and some tips above.
Each Kanji have more less a clear middle line. Always start with a clear angle and check which brush technique should be applied.(side or direct brushings)

Recommended brush size is the medium to the big. Both hard or soft haired are suitable for this text.

Happy Practice!!

Rie

Sanshotai “Lake”

Here is another Sanshotai (three calligraphy styles) from my morning calligraphy routine.

Kanji “湖”

– Mizuumi, Ko

– Lake

Sosho  ⬅ Gyosho  ⬅ Kaisho

The image is from my Instagram account; https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7AnaTHW_7/

 I found this beautiful vintage Kimono fabric from my grandmother’s Kimono box.  A little fresh breeze for your hot day.

Happy Practice!

Rie

www.shodocalligraphy.com

Otehon for a summerly walk “Yama- Michi”

Finally, the summer heat pops up!

I post the Otehon text which has the technique of SHINNYO”. It is not an easy technique to practise,  but a very important one to learn in the art of Shodo and in the Do-Art.

This Otehon text is prepared for the beginners who already practised some Kanji texts and for the first time to practise “Do-Michi-道”

Yama Michi”- can be read as San Do”.

: Mountain path

*Yama~ Mountain

*Michi~ The way, the path

Tip:

-Big or medium size brush,  both hard or soft.

-山: A combination of the side and the direct brushing techniques. A very strong corner technique. The dominant middlebalance. Rather thick and big.

– 道:1 x rectangular box + 1x”L” shaped composition. The key practice is a long flat MIGI HARAI(RIGHT SLUDE-OUT) in the Shinnyou radical. Always keep the brush upright. Concentrate on lifting the Qi energy up through your belly button. The extra “S” movement practice can be very effective.

-“SHINNYOU” in Michi/Do is one of the essential techniques in Shodo. Always ask your teacher again and again till you get the right brush movement and understand the correct energy shifting in this technique.

-Related textes : 書道 shodo、 華道 kado、 茶道 sado、 柔道 judo、合気道 aikido、剣道 kendo、空手道 karatedo…

-The “up and down practice” as a warming-up exercise is recommended specially for the vertical energy movement.

– Relax your shoulders and neck area.( as always^)

Good luck!!

Happy Practice!

Rie

www.shodocalligraphy.com

Otehon Text; Koharu

Otehon for early spring….

” Koharu ” in Kaisho style

*Ko: small

*Haru : spring

➡early spring,  the beginning of spring

Tip~

*For the beginners to the inter-mediate level1.

*With a medium or a big brush

小: Hane-Jumping technique ; directly before sarting the jumping, the curve should go little outwards(to the right hand side). More cursuve than straight. The Hane Jumping does not need to be big.

春: Three horizontal lines are in 1. bending upwards,  2.straight up,  3. bending downwards

Left Harai: A long streching lune. Just before letting the enegry/pressure out, try to open the hair little bit.

Right Harau : Starting calmly rather thin and gradually opening the hair. Always checking the balance. 

Before you do the Sun”at the end,  check the middle line and adjust. The right vertical line of the Sun should be longer.
Happy Practice!!

Rie

www.shodocalligraphy.com

Shakyou Calligraphy

I am just introducing the Shakyou 写経calligraphy with the Heart Sutra (Hannya-Shingyo) to the advanced students.

They are doing very well!! Despite the tiny Shakyou brush…. 

Once one gets used to it, the brush movement would become lighter and smoother – and eventually you would feel very meditative just like hearing the hymn of Heart Sutra.
Happy Practice!!

Rie

www.shodokalligraphie.com