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Costa Rican art instructor Katia Rodriguez offers courses in Western-style drawing and Eastern sumi-e at the Casa Zen periodically.

Courses are not currently offered at the Vermont Zen Center, but may be available in the future.


This course is an introduction to the basic elements of sumi-e—Japanese ink painting—suitable for ages 12 and up, as well as for adult beginners. It provides general studio instruction and involves basic studio work in the expressive and illustrative Japanese ink painting techniques.

Students do not need to have previous experience in drawing but this is a plus. The course is designed for the beginning student in painting or drawing. However, since it will primarily concentrate on practice, and given that student attention will be mainly individualized, it is suitable for intermediate levels as well.

What you Will Learn


If you’ve always wanted to draw but thought there was no hope, this is the course for you! Anyone can learn to draw, and draw well, given proper instruction, a bit of patience, and some hard work. See a tiny sampling of the remarkable results of before and after drawings done by art course participants.

What You Will Learn

During this course you will learn how to quiet the dominant left side of the brain and allow the creative right side to express itself. You will draw a self portrait, a profile, a scene in perspective, a foreshortened figure, and more. You will learn about light and shadow, shading and sighting, and proportions. By the end of the course you will be seeing in an altogether different way.

More Information

Date: Not currently offered in Vermont, but available at the Casa Zen in Costa Rica. Please contact them for more information.

Time: 8:00 am. –1:00 p.m. daily

Reservation Deadline: N/A

Large portfolio with all course materials; light breakfast.

There are several options:

  • Non-residential, Drawing Course only—$350
  • Non residential, Sumi-e Course and Drawing Course—$550 ($75 discount)
  • Residential, Drawing Course—$600
  • Residential, Both Courses—$775 ($75 discount)

If you are staying at the Center, please read the Personal Retreat page.

We are not able to offer refunds for this course as course materials are purchased upon receipt of payment. However, you are welcome to transfer your registration to someone else if you are unable to attend.

Instructor, Katia Rodriguez

Katia Rodriguez

Katia Rodriguez, a bi-lingual native of Costa Rica and long-time member of the Casa Zen and Vermont Zen Center, is an experienced artist and teacher. Katia graduated from the University of Costa Rica with a major in art and has taught people of all ages in universities, public and private schools since 1986.

E-mail Katia