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The School teaches the sumi-e painting method of the internationally recognized Master Beppe Mokuza (see a biography of teachers). Sumi-e is the traditional Japanese ink painting; the Japanese word “sumi” means black ink, and “e” means painting (see a presentation of sumi-e).


In the case of the professional curriculum

The School is open to everybody; it is particularly intended for people who wish to become sumi-e teachers, to those who seek to deepen their personal practice, to artists who desire to acquire new skills, in a 4 year long curriculum.

In the case of leisure practice, in particular the continuation of the “Encre Poétique” (Poetic Ink)

The school is open to everyone, including sumi-e beginners and people with no previous experience in the Visual Arts. Leisure classes are shared with professional classes. It is enriching to share experiences, the beginners will have a better understanding of their future skills by watching the students practicing, and the latter will be able to supervise the practice of the beginners as a teaching opportunity.

About People with Disabilities

The School strives to include all persons in its activities, in accordance with the French law of February 11, 2005 for “equal rights and opportunities, participation and citizenship of disabled persons”.

People with missing upper limbs or hands, severe motor and sensory deficits of the upper limbs, hands, torso and head cannot be admitted to the course, as well as people who are blind or have a severe visual deficit.
The sumi-e painting method requires a precise body posture, with the pelvis tilted forward, the shoulders clear and the back straight, ideally standing (to develop body awareness) in front of a high horizontal table, but it is possible to practice sitting down while preserving the essential elements of the posture.

Mental deficits should not affect the interpersonal relationship between teacher and student, which is the basis for the transmission of sumi-e practice.
It is possible to welcome people with learning and language deficits (because sumi-e teaching is practical and oral), and/or deficits that lead to difficulties in integrating in a group, lack of attention or coordination of movements. The practice of sumi-e can help these people to reduce the impact of these deficits.


The teaching is given during seminars, which represent up to more than 200 hours a year (see the detailed program). The practice is based on a set of models designed specifically for progression over the duration of the curriculum. A cycle of theoretical courses allows approaching all the roots of sumi-e: historical, philosophical, cultural … as well as technical points.

Leisure time participants can register for a fraction of each seminar, either 1 to 10 half-days of their choice in Versailles, or the weekend, within the time frame of each seminar.


To take into account the remoteness of the trainees, school year 2022-2023 favors long seminar formats, and to facilitate the integration of training into personal life, trainees can choose the workshop they attend among those offered. Training credits are allocated for each course attended, the end-of-year exam can be taken when the accumulated credits correspond to the set of required skills. The duration of training is therefore individualized.

As the program is common to all students, while everyone is at a very different point in his/her path, an individual support program is part of the curriculum, to support the effort of personal practice between two seminars (see the individual support program). 30 hours per year of follow-up are allocated to each student.

Despite the specificities described above, the seminars are open to everybody. As an unregistered student, it is possible to attend only some of the seminars (see the registration procedure).

Declaration of activity registered under number 11788438278 with the Ile-de-France regional prefect.

The International School of Sumi-e is a professional training organization that meets the quality criteria of the decree of June 30, 2015, and therefore can be referenced by funders of continuing professional training.

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La certification qualité a été délivrée au titre de la catégorie d’action suivante:

The activity of the International School of Sumi-e is certified to be in compliance with:

  • the national reference system on the quality of actions contributing to the development of skills of the decrees: no 2019-565 of June 6, 2019 (articles 1 and 3) and no 2019-564 of June 6, 2019 on the quality of vocational training actions (article 1) ;
  • the order of June 6, 2019 on the audit procedures associated with the national reference system mentioned in Article D. 6316-1-1 of the Labor Code.

Schedule and Registration Details

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The program is available on the page Schedule.

The registration details and the School price are available on the page Registration Details, and on every detailed page of seminars, which are accessed through the Schedule page.

Please leave your personal information on the Contact page, to ask any information or to register.

About us

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Our Mission is to promote teaching and practicing traditional Japanese painting (sumi-e), according to the method of sumi-e Master Beppe Mokuza.


Beppe Mokuza

School Honorary President

Beppe Mokuza Signoritti is a Zen monk belonging to the tradition of Soto Zen Buddhism; he is a disciple of Zen Master Roland Yuno Rech. He is the founder and responsible of the Zen Dojo “Bodai Dojo” located in Alba, north Italy. For almost thirty years he has been dedicating himself to Sumi-e and the practice of Zen meditation, exhibiting his works, holding conferences and practical demonstrations throughout Europe. Since the beginning of his spiritual path, Beppe Mokuza combines the practice of Zen with Sumi-e.
To discover Beppe Mokuza:

Alain Plaignaud

Alain Keigyo Plaignaud

School President

Alain Plaignaud has been practicing Zen meditation since 2007 and met Beppe Mokuza on this occasion in 2013. In 2017, he interrupts his engineering career to fully devote himself to the practice of sumi-e and Zen meditation.


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