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Japanese Shodo Calligraphy

May 11 @ 11:00 am12:00 pm BST


Discover the delights of Shodo at our relaxing group in Glasgow

We will enjoy practicing Shodo calligraphy 書道 at our friendly in person group using traditional materials such as Japanese sumi ink and fude brushes on hanshi paper (all materials are provided). This is a cultural and welcoming group suitable for both total beginners and those with more experience.

Shodo calligraphy

After settling in with a cuppa, we begin with some simple marks and strokes practice with the ink, then working from inspiring Chinese and Japanese kanji characters, relating to nature, poetry or meditation.

This is a practice where we can really enjoy using the Japanese ink and brushes, and be totally immersed in the moment of brushing the character. It is a peaceful, supportive group where you can learn all about Shodo and develop your techniques with each class.

With demonstrations and friendly help from calligrapher Blair Thomson, who first studied Shodo in 2002 in Osawano, Japan with calligraphy Master Wakabayashi, and with zen monks and respected teachers in Tokyo.

Blair Thomson

Great also for folk with an interest in Japanese or Chinese culture, or arts or language, or Zen, and no previous experience is needed to take part in these groups.

Please book your space through Eventbrite (booking closes 9.30 am on the day of the class). Spaces are limited. Sorry but tickets are non-refundable, unless we need to cancel the class in unexpected circumstances. The classes are for ages 16+. If you would like to find out more please contact us.

To see past Japanese calligraphy activities, please check the Japanese calligraphy news page.


May 11
11:00 am – 12:00 pm BST


Drawing and Painting Studio
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Kagyu Samye Dzong
7 Ashley Street
Glasgow, G3 6DR United Kingdom
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About Events

Blair organises, runs and co-runs several events, many of which are art and meditation related. Some are free community groups and others have an admission charge, most are through the D+P Studio and some Glasgow Zen Group. Please have a look at each event and feel free to come along and join!