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Virtual Class

CT Office of the Arts Awards COVID-19 Response Grant Program

Sumi Ink Painting: "Four Gentlemen"

Free Virtual Learning

Presented by Hannah Jung

A recipient of CT Office of the Arts Awards GrantHannah Jung, Director of The Voice of Art, 

will introduce Sumi Ink Painting: "Four Gentlemen" and share its noble characters through 

a virtual class! 


  • Four Gentlemen: Orchid, Bamboo, Plum Blossom and Chrysanthemum

  • Learn at your own pace at home. 

  • No experience is required.

  • Demonstrate with step-by-step instructions.

  • There will be no cost to sign up.

  • Provide your own art supplies: List of supplies will be presented at our first meeting.  

  • So, take advantage of this free virtual class!

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), etc.  She was a recipient in the Art of the Northeast and was invited to the Artists Residency Program at I-Park Foundation. She was a Juried Artist member from Silvermine Guild Arts Center. 

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

This course will introduce a basic approach to the techniques of Sumi Ink Painting.  Demonstrations and step-by-step instruction will be given with the Four Gentlemen (plum blossom, bamboo, orchid, and chrysanthemum).   The Four Gentlemen have been depicted in Chinese painting for more than a thousand years because of their refined beauty, as well as the moral characters with which the Chinese literati have imbued them. Through the practice of techniques and exercises, students will learn East-Asian traditional aesthetics of simplicity as well as the essential expression of objects.

What is Sumi Ink Painting?

Sumi Ink Painting is also known as Chinese Ink Painting or Korean Ink Painting.  Sumi Ink Painting has evolved in China from centuries not for art’s sake alone but for an outgrowth of living. Historically closely allied with Oriental calligraphy as an art form, Sumi Ink Painting began its early development as simple pictorial drawings that executed in sumi ink with a soft, pointed brush on paper or silk. 

Underlying the apparent simplicity and harmony of composition, first of all, there is a philosophy: one that sees the immensity and harmony of the universe found in a unifying pattern of life in all natural forms.  While Western painting is taken the first consideration for composition and perspective with careful attention, Ink painting is completely unconcerned with producing a literal representation.  Its emphasis is put upon the spirit rather than scientific or rational realism.  Thus, the most prized masterpieces are those that are thought to display a noble soul aiming at the representation of the state of mind using serenity as a keynote. The artist must express both the spirit of vitality and renewal and the eternal harmony and order that runs through all in nature. Therefore the painter finds in every natural form, no matter how humble, a sense of greatness and purpose.

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