July 30, 2022 2-3:30pm The Ballroom Members $40, Guests $45
Definition of sumi-e: the Japanese art of monochromatic ink painting (Merriam-Webster)
Under the guidance of art teacher Joanne Wasti, we will be heading outdoors with sumi brushes and ink to capture the spirit of nature. Children and adults will learn basic sumi brush strokes and the philosophy of this expressive art form.
About Joanne Wasti
Joanne has been an art educator for the past twenty years, both in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s a graduate of RISD and has advanced degrees in art history, art education and gifted education. She started her career as a museum educator and, subsequently, studio manager at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. She’s been a teaching artist in New York City and San Jose and taught classes at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto. She was a founding teacher at the Yorkville Community School in Manhattan where she taught visual art for ten years.
Her passion is teaching people of all ages to be creative. She finds this is best done by offering students a safe space to find their own voice, while at the same time teaching technique. She encourages her students to make choices and break rules and is always pleasantly surprised by what’s produced in her classes. Her love of art history means that almost every lesson is inspired by a historic precedent or influential artist—and many of those artists are young and contemporary.
She has tirelessly worked to promote access to the arts for all children, and their families, through the design of museum and classroom curriculum, as well as the planning and facilitation of community building workshops.
She is now a full-time resident of Kent, CT where she lives in a 1850s farmhouse with her husband, anxious dog and aloof cat. She is enjoying a new life surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife, and where running, hiking, skiing and biking are right outside the front door.