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Therapeutic Art Program
for Older Adults

FREE Grant Program!
Sumi Ink Painting: "Four Gentlemen"
Presented by Hannah Jung
Tuesdays, February 21 - March 28 (Six Sessions)

Chinese Orchids by Hannah Jung

Come join us to learn Sumi Ink Painting (AKA Chinese Brush Painting) instructed by a recipient of CT Office of the Arts Awards Grant, Hannah Jung, Director/Artist-in-Residence of The Voice of Art!

Hannah Jung will introduce a basic approach to the techniques of Sumi Ink Painting through the theme of "Four Gentlemen" with step-by-step instructions and demonstrations. She will also share the noble characters of Four Gentlemen* along with arts and cultural backgrounds of ancient China in this class. Through the practice of techniques and exercises, students will learn East-Asian traditional aesthetics of simplicity as well as the essential expression of objects.

  • No experience is required. All levels are welcome. 

  • Instruction fees will be covered by the grant from the American Savings Foundation.

  • Art Supply fee of $50 per participant required.  TVOA will supply all materials.

  • Qualification: Senior residents (age 65 or older) of these 64 CT Towns served by American Savings Foundation

  • If you are not qualified for the grant, you may still join the class with a total tuition fee of $150 including art supplies.  Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Location: Youth Ministry Building, First Congregational Church of Litchfield (21 Torrington Rd., Litchfield)

  • Total six-week sessions (Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30pm): Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, and 28.

  • Participants: up to 10 seniors per class, on a first-come, first-served basis.

* What is Four Gentlemen?

Four Gentlemen” (四君子 junzi) is the collective name of four plants: plum (梅 mei), orchid (兰 lan), bamboo (竹 zhu), and chrysanthemum (菊 ju). They are all native to China and of high ornamental and cultural value. These four plants have become the basis of Chinese art because of their refined beauty and the moral characters with which the Chinese literati have imbued them.

This program is provided by the generous support of the American Savings Foundation

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About the Instructor

Hannah Jung, originally from South Korea, has been a Connecticut resident since 2000.  Her work has been exhibited nationwide including The Bushnell, Korean Embassy (Washington D.C.), Vision Gallery (New York), Mercy Gallery, General Electric World Headquarters, H. Pelham Curtis Gallery (New Canaan), to name a few.  

Hannah was a Juried Artist Member from Silvermine Guild Arts Center (New Canaan, CT), a recipient in the Art of the Northeast, and was invited to the Artists Residency Program at I-Park Foundation (East Haddam, CT) .   

A graduate of Seoul National University, Korea (Bachelor of Fine Arts: Painting), Hannah taught at a number of schools including Albertus Magnus College and has given numerous Sumi Ink Painting workshops/demonstrations statewide.

Practice of Chinese Orchids in class

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Practice of Bamboo in class

Bamboo by Hannah Jung

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