Kit & Video Tutorial: Sumi Ink Drawing as Seeing and The Acceptance of Chaos with Heather McLaughlin

Drawing is a way of seeing, a way of understanding, and an exercise. This drawing workshop will focus on pleinair (on-sight) observational drawing with the beautiful and chaotic material: sumi ink. The ink is an excellent tool to capture light and shapes, as compared to the way pencils and pens lead themselves to contours and patterns. This special ink has rich, deep blacks that are easy to swoon over. During this video-guided workshop students will complete three small drawings. We will cover techniques for recording scale, light, patterns and shapes while practicing our understanding and mastery of the sumi ink medium.

Heather McLaughlin was born next to the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore Maryland and relocated to Red Lodge Montana, on the north border of Yellowstone Park, in 1991. She continued westward to Portland Oregon and completed her Bachelors of Fine Art with a focus in traditional Printmaking in 2005, at Pacific Northwest College of Art. She served on the board of Flight 64 Studio (a Member-run Print Studio) from 2008 until 2014. Heather managed the Printmaking Studio at PNCA in addition to teaching youth and adult classes in the Continuing Education program for over a decade. She recently served as the coordinator for art programming and events at True North Studios in 2019 and can often be found teaching or working on her practice at Sou’wester Lodge in Seaview Washington. Heather is also the owner of a shared art space called Lunar Phase Studio in Portland. In addition to her art, Heather is also a performer, musician and production assistant.

photo by Sora Blu

1 Small Container of Sumi Ink, 1 Medium-sized Brush, 1 Palette, 4 Sheets of Strathmore Watercolor Paper, 1 Clipboard, 1 Water Cup, Tutorial

pencil or pen, paper towels or rag, access to water, sticks (to be gathered during the workshop), students may consider bringing additional watercolor brushes in varying sizes, for drawing while hiking or on the beach I recommend bringing bottled water, baby wipes and a bucket or water-tight bag for clean up.

This project is geared for teens and adults.

Please dedicate at least 2-3 hours for this project.

Please purchase the kit in our Sou’wester Online Market and select “pickup”. The front desk staff will get your kit ready for you and place it in the market pickup area at the front desk just inside the door. You will get an email when your kit is ready for pickup, usually in 30 minutes or less. This email will include the link to the online video tutorial.

Kits are currently available for pick-up only. All items in the purchased kit are yours to use and take home with you.