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Virtual Drink & Draw January with Army Veteran Guest Artist: Amber Zora

January 14, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Welcome to Sumi Ink Painting. Using an image from the  Wisconsin Veterans Museum collection, guest artist Amber Zora will teach about Sumi Ink Painting and explore materials with essentials about paper, brushes, brush strokes, controlling water, and ways to use your brushes to the fullest abilities. You will look at the elements of composition and design principles in historical ink paintings to discover how artists have used negative space. Also, we will discuss different image transfer techniques to map out a composition.

Let’s start working on an ink painting together and by the end of the course you will have the techniques you need to complete your ink painting on your own.


Materials Needed or Purchase a kit for $12 plus shipping here  

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to increased USPS shipping times, kits ordered after noon on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 is not guaranteed to arrive in time for prepping before the event.
Paper – Watercolor Paper (Cotton, 9”x12”) Arches 140 lb cold press is great if you have it. A small bottle of sumi inkTwo jars of waterBrushes – 3 Round Brushes: 1 small (#2 – 4), 1 Medium (#6 – 8), 1 Large (#12 – 14)Paper towelPalette – 3 separate mixing areasPencil and eraser

PLEASE READ: Prior to the event please visit our blog for a sketching activity you are requested to complete prior to the event.

Short Bio:Amber Zora is an interdisciplinary artist based in Rapid City, SD. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography + Integrated Media from Ohio University. Zora has exhibited her work in local and national galleries including the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center and the National Veteran Art Museum, among other notable spaces.
Zora was enlisted in the US Army for eight years and deployed to Qayyarah West, Iraq as an ammunition specialist from 2006-2007 with the 592nd Ordnance Company.

This event is free of charge and open to anyone who registers. We will send you a link to join the event after you register.

Drink & Draw events are a longstanding tradition in the art community where people gather to draw in a welcoming environment without inhibitions. Although the events often coincide with happy-hour style programming, there is no requirement or emphasis on alcoholic consumption. Some of the best attended Drink & Draws are dry and we are just fine with that. If you or a loved one is a veteran struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, please reach out to your local VA or the Veterans Crisis hotline.


Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems.




January 14, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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WI United States