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Enso and Zen Buddhism Beliefs

After examining the influence of Shinto beliefs on Japanese art and tradition, we looked closely at Zen Buddhist beliefs and Zen influenced practices such as the tea ceremony, meditation in zen gardens, ikebana flower arrangement, calligraphy and wabi sabi— appreciating the beauty of imperfection.  We practiced looking for wabi sabi beauty around us, pointing out parts of trees, […]

Creating natural inks and watercolor paints

Using mortars and pestles, we ground up rocks, lapis lazuli gemstones, shell, charcoal and other hard natural elements to create natural inks and watercolour paints. We used palette knives to mix these ground up pigments with a natural binder used during Renaissance times– made from egg whites, honey, gum arabic, and clove oil. After we […]