Does your camera remember your trips better than you do? Slow down and go analogue with travel sketchbooking. We'll spend a relaxing afternoon learning how to capture Kyoto's charm and beauty with a sketchbook and compact watercolor kit. Not only will I show you how to paint what we see during the experience, I'll give you tips, tricks, and ideas for continuing to use your new compact watercolor sketching kit for the rest of your stay in Japan, and for your next adventures as well! We'll get our start in Kyoto's sake brewing district, a beautiful historical area less frequented by tourists. Laced with old canals that used to be the arteries of commerce in days gone by, it's the perfect setting to try out your new watercolor kit and learn some basics while sketching the iconic Gekkeikan Sake Brewery. Next, we'll stroll past several sake breweries and through a retro shopping arcade, where we'll catch a train to the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine. The vermilion gates and sacred forest of this shrine are perfect inspiration. We'll find some quieter areas where we can create paintings together. We'll end our day partway up the trail where you can choose to stay and explore on your own, or catch a train to your next destination. In the case of rain, a modified itinerary will be provided: sketching temple/shrine scenery from covered areas with pens/pencils and limited watercolor.
I'm an artist with a passion for travel! I've traveled the world with my paints and sketchbook but now call Kyoto home. I have over a decade of teaching experience, specializing in helping beginners learn to paint. My goal is to help you see the beauty of Kyoto with an artist's eye and capture it using your own unique style, and also give you the tools to create travel sketchbooks of your own anywhere you go.
Simple snack Selected Japanese snack or sweet
One-way train fare between Chushojima Station and Fushimi Inari Station during the class
Watercolor Travel Kit: Includes a Japanese-made sketchbook, water brush pen, and hand-filled 12-color mini travel palette of…
We'll get our start in the southern Fushimi area. Peppered with sake breweries and laced with old canals that used to be the arteries of commerce in days gone by, it's the perfect setting to try out your new watercolor kit and learn some basics. After that, we'll stroll through a retro shopping arcade and hop a train to the nearby Fushimi Inari shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates that wind up a forested mountain slope.
18歳以上の方5名まで参加できます。 This experience requires walking, including stairs and a semi-paved path up a hillside (steep at times.)
Comfortable clothes and walking shoes
We'll be outdoors, so check forecasts and dress appropriately. Wear comfortable shoes as we'll be walking (including the slopes of the Fushimi Inari.)