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Contemplative Mind / Spontaneous Brush

Montreal Workshop

April 13, 2024 only
April 27 workshop postponed


Beginning with short guided meditations we will be continuing the exploration of different hand-made Japanese washi papers provided, using sumi, acrylics and water colours.  Join Heather for a full day with breaks of fun and learning.

Workshop 1Contemplative Mind / Spontaneous Brush – Saturday, April 13, 10am - 3:00pm (max. 12 people)


Workshop 2 (POSTPONED!!)Large-Format Washi


Location:  Centre de Loisirs Multiethnique St- Louis, 3555 St Urbain, Montréal (map)

Information: contact Heather

Materials to bring: watercolor and/or acrylic paints (at least 3 primary colors and others of your choice); brushes; containers for water; blank newsprint paper; white plastic for table

Materials provided: Japanese washi papers, Japanese "sumi" ink, foil, paper towels, gel medium

Language : The workshop will be given primarily in French. Cliquez ici pour toutes les informations...

Bring your snacks and beverages for the day!


Workshop Fee For Each Workshop

  • Early bird registration $225 (before March 13, 2024)

  • Regular registration $240

Payment via e-transfer to Please state which of the two workshops you wish to join


IMPORTANT: Cancellation for medical or personal emergencies only please, minus15% workshop fee


Heather Midori Yamada

Heather Midori Yamada has been a working artist since her university days. Combined five year studies at York U and graduating from Western, Heather concentrated on drawing, painting and printmaking. Over ten years at Toronto’s collective Open Studio Printmaking Heather discovered Japanese washi papers in chine collé, collograph-marouflage and monotypes.

Heather’s further explorations led to direct painting, dyeing, texturizing onto various Japanese washis including working on 7 meter long shoji papers. Hot bees wax applications as resists, layered acrylic washes, and Japanese sumi are among the various ways Heather expresses transitoriness,  ebb and flow mirrowed in nature. 

This mixed media approach is inspired by Heather’s contemplative practices of meditation, hatha yoga and ikebana, Japanese floral arrangement.

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