Soo Hong – Silk Painting (Online); Wednesdays, November 8-December 6, 2023 (no class November 22)

Date: Wednesdays, November 8-December 6, 2023 (no class November 22)
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific Time, 1:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time, 6:00-8:30 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Acrylic, watercolor, gouache and/or dry pigment

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This workshop is a unique opportunity to paint on a translucent silk-like surface. We are familiar with ink-wash painting when we think of Asian art, but color painting started before that. There are different styles, materials and names, depending on each country – CheSaekHwa(Korean), Nihonga(Japanese), Gonghua(Chinese), and Tranh lụa(Vietnam). Inspired by these traditions, I will show you how to create color paintings from simple materials such as watercolor and acrylic medium. You are free to add gouache or dry pigments as well.

This workshop will show you how to prepare your own silk-like canvas and how to paint on this surface. You will learn how to trace images and paint intricately and loosely while being inspired by the history of Asian color paintings.

Week 1: Stretching & seizing
Week 2: Sketching and tracing
Week 3: Under painting
Week 4: Transparent painting

Soo Hong is a visual artist whose work explores issues surrounding cultural identity. Having lived and exhibited in places around the world, including, London, Shanghai, her native South Korea, and now the U.S., her experience of varying cultural norms and expectations has precipitated her observational practice. Her paintings represent an unbound freedom of expression released of any formal adherence to a determined identity.

Her work has been shown in galleries around the world, and she has been awarded grants from D&AD (London), GAP (Seattle), Bellevue Arts Program (Bellevue) and was a finalist for the Neddy Awards (Seattle). She had her solo shows in Seattle at Linda Hodges Gallery and AMcE Creative Arts gallery. Her work is part of the permanent collections at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the
city of Bellevue, and the city of Portland. She created public art installations for Redmond Lights, Odessa Children’s Hospital (Seattle), and The Vera Project (Seattle).

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About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • You will have access to an online class group message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here.