Summer flowers and Insects course

Step-by-step how to create beautiful Japanese ink paintings of water irises, wild roses, hydrangea, grand peonies, dragonflies, bees, ants and butterflies

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In this course you will learn to paint four well known summer flowers and insects. These are - Water irises, wild roses, beautiful hydrangeas, and grand peonies.

You will also learn to paint dragonflies, butterflies, ants and bees and discover how to add these insects to your composition in such a way that they will enhance your painting.

Flowers and insects have always been a popular theme in Japanese art. Learning to observe, appreciate and paint them, has become a specialization theme for students of ink painting, not only because of their beauty, more so, they offer us a glimpse into the magical, interdependent working of nature.


Learn how to prepare your work-space

Practice how to hold the brush and make your own ink

Exercise the brush to make fluent lines

Enjoy Japanese calligraphy

Learn step-by-step how to paint water irises, wild roses, hydrangeas and peonies

Learn step-by-step how to paint dragonflies, bees, ants and butterflies

Use Japanese watercolours

Create your very own beautiful ink paintings and watercolour

Deepen your experience of the healing meditative nature of ink painting

Explore well known flower paintings from the wealth of Japanese art history


Tools and materials check-list and how to care for your kit

Downloadable PDF worksheets to accompany each lesson, and for you to compile your very own course work-book

Xtra compositions for you to practice in your own time

Upon completion of this course, you will become confident using the Japanese brush, ink, colour, and paper. You will deepen your understanding of this artistic practice, and discover an open gate to continue and explore your own creative journey.


Your instructor


Talia is an artist, a practitioner and a teacher of traditional Japanese ink painting. Following years of teaching, her love and passion for this artistic medium has now prompted her to create ArtBrush - online school for the studies of Japanese ink painting. The school is designed for students of all levels, from around the world, who are excited to learn, explore and discover the joy of ink painting and its many facets.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own, as long as ArtBrush is live online.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.
I am a professional artist, is this for me?
Absolutely! Many professional artists and designers have been studying with Talia and have benefited from the Japanese art and practice aesthetics. The courses offer new ways of observing nature and understanding painting composition and space in a way unique to Japanese ink painting.
Would I need any special tools and materials?
Yes! Please view the short 'check list' video and PDF for help in setting up your workspace and for preparing your tool-set for the courses. You can choose from a selection of three comprehensive sets of tools and materials available via ArtBrush. You can do this via the school on: These sets were all made in Japan and curated by Talia for the school. Each set is of high quality and designed to last a lifetime. Expect up to 2 weeks for delivery, local taxes are not included. Alternatively, depending upon where you are based around the globe, you may get individual tools and materials at your local Japanese/Chinese art supply shop or at some general art supply shops. You can also find online a variety of budget sets. Once you learn and understand about your toolkit, you will be able to easily sort out what you need.
How can I get help or ask more questions?
At any time, our team will help you at [email protected]
What software do I need to access the course?
Please simply ensure that you have updated your internet browser to the latest version. If you run into any technical issues, we advise to clear your cache, cookies and browsing history. For any further technical enquiries please contact: [email protected]
How do I enrol on a course?
To enrol on one of the ArtBrush courses, simply scroll to the bottom of this page, and complete your purchase using your desired payment plan. Ensure you use the correct email address, and your purchase details will be sent to you.
I am a complete beginner, is this for me?
Yes! No previous experience in art or ink painting is required. The course is for mixed-level abilities. Whilst it is certainly still suitable for beginners it would, however, be preferable for students to have enrolled in the Foundation Course prior to enrolling for this course.

During uncertain times, ArtBrush has been a wonderful source of solace. I joined ArtBrush as a complete beginner, looking to combine my passion for art with my interest in meditation. Japanese ink painting requires such focus, and engenders a great sense of calmness. I have been able to develop creatively and the process has given me the time for contemplation. I would highly recommend these courses.

— Katherine B.

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