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Zen Brush

Zen Brush is a form of Shodo - the Way of  the brush.  Moving with the breath cultivates mindful energy. One's spirit leaves its trace as the ink dances across the paper in a brush stroke.  Brushwork, because of this nature, slows a person down; helping us to relax no matter what.  
     The Founder of Aikido - Morihei Ueshiba O-sensei (who was declared by  Japan a sacred national treasure) - was a calligrapher of dynamic  proportions. He is a good example of why Shodo is viewed not only  as a martial art but as one of the most difficult. O-sensei was able to  produce tremendous power in his calligraphy yet his brushstrokes reveal a gentle dynamism.   
    It is not easy to control the soft hairs of a brush with the loading and unloading of ink to produce something clean and bright.  A  Zen Brush piece may be finished with one stroke done in one breath. To  practice in this way is to cultivate one's clarity and brightness by  connecting one's entire being with the energy of nature. This is the Way  of Zen Brush.

Upcoming ...

Monthly Zen Brush Classes

Zen Brush classes take place monthly - typically on the first Sunday of the month - from 4-6pm. 


We meet at Aiko's co-directors beautiful backyard garden  in Claremont and brush at outside tables. (Of course we're inside in difficult weather.) 

Annual Zen Brush Workshops

In November we enjoy creating holiday gifts by brushing on cotton t-shirts. 


Participants are introduced to some simple Japanese kanji and helped along the way to brush interesting t-shirts. Participants provide the cotton materials the rest is provided by the instructor, Susan Perry.


This workshop will take place at the Pomona Valley Artists Association (PVAA) classroom located in Montclair Place (Plaza), second floor outside of Nordstroms.

Zen Brush Events

Sept 7, 2018

Opening for AAIE Fine Arts Exhibition

7pm - 9pm

Celebration Hall, Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cuiltural Ctr Dr, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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Sept 7, 2018

Opening for AAIE Fine Arts Exhibition

Suzan is exhibiting two paintings in this annual juried exhibit. She would like to see everyone come. This exhibit is FREE! In a fun location, it is very festive as well.

7pm - 9pm

Celebration Hall, Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cuiltural Ctr Dr, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Oct 7, 2018

Zen Brush Workshop

4pm - 6pm

641 Ridgefield St

Oct 7, 2018

Zen Brush Workshop

4pm - 6pm

641 Ridgefield St

Nov 4, 2018

Zen Brush Workshop

3pm - 5pm

641 Ridgefield St

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Nov 4, 2018

Zen Brush Workshop


3pm - 5pm

641 Ridgefield St

Nov 18, 2018

Zen Brush Holiday Fabric painting

11am - 5pm

PVAA classroom, 5060 N Montclair Plaza Ln, Montclair, CA 91763Montclair Place

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Nov 18, 2018

Zen Brush Holiday Fabric painting

An annual workshop which harkens back to marathon brush painting days. Suzan will lead this practice with a solid start up (even for beginners) and practice time. Once the creative juices are flowing, the fabric pieces that students bring (t-shirts, totes, etc) come out and with special ink provided by Suzan holiday gifts are created. Because students will need breaks for lunch and coffee, the workshop is informal so that students may come and go. Much better than the 2 hour cut off time. 

11am - 5pm

PVAA classroom, 5060 N Montclair Plaza Ln, Montclair, CA 91763Montclair Place

Dec 2, 2018

Zen Brush Workshop

3pm - 5pm

641 Ridgefield St

Dec 2, 2018

Zen Brush Workshop

3pm - 5pm

641 Ridgefield St