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Workshop 14-18/10/2023

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14 October 2023 @ 7h00 18 October 2023 @ 22h30

First seminar of the School for the year 2023-2024, 5 days, with sumi-e painting and Zen meditation practice.

Open to all.
For free auditors (leisure classes), the price listed is the one charged for the entire course.
It is possible to come from 1 to 10 half-days of your choice from October Saturday15th to Wednesday 18th.
Attending meditation is optional. Please note that Saturday morning is taken in part by meditation (see below).
On Tuesday 17th, the School is honored to welcome Yolaine Escande, Director of Research at the CNRS and Deputy Director of the Centre de recherches sur les arts et le langage (CRAL), for a conference on the theme of “creation in the absence of action”, from 15:00 to 17:00; sumi-e will take place from 17:30 to 19:00.
Here is a summary of the talk:
“Creating without acting, or the way of the Tao in Chinese art”
While artistic creation in the Chinese graphic arts, painting and calligraphy, proceeds from a doing or an act, performed by the hand wielding the brush, theory constantly emphasizes the “absence of action”. This paradox will be examined through an analysis of the creative process.

Traditional breakfast (genmai) is included in the price for those participating in the morning meditation (before the morning sumi-e), dinner with the evening meditation (after the afternoon sumi-e).
Lunch is included in the price for those participating in the full day of sumi-e painting.
A break is provided during the morning and afternoon sumi-e practice.

Teacher Alain Plaignaud

Course of the seminar:

  • 6:45 Welcome meditation participants (7:45 on Saturday)
  • 7:00 Meditation (optional) (8:00 on Saturday, with Beppe Mokuza by Zoom)
  • 8:30 End of meditation (9:45 on Saturday)
  • 8:45 Breakfast (10:00 on Saturday / Welcome participants on Saturday, those attending all 5 days)
  • 10: 00 Sumi-e practice (10:45 on Saturday)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Sumi-e practice (on Tuesday 17th, conference from 15:00 to 17:00, then sumi-e until 19:00)
  • 18:00 End of practice
  • 18:15 Clean up and put away equipment
  • 19:00 Meditation (optional)
  • 20:30 End of meditation
  • 21:45 Dinner
  • 22:30 End of the day

Yolaine Escande’s bio-bibliography

Text translated from page: Yolaine Escande 幽蘭
Yolaine Escande is director of research at the CNRS, member of the Centre de recherches sur les arts et le langage (CRAL, EHESS, Paris, UMR 8566), associate member of the Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine (CECMC, EHESS, Paris), specialist in the practice and theory of Chinese graphic arts, calligraphy and painting. She has translated fundamental treatises of Chinese art theory on calligraphy and painting from Chinese into French (Notes sur ce que j’ai vu et entendu en peinture La Lettre volée, 1994; Traités chinois de peinture et de calligraphie (des Han aux Sui), T. 1, Klincksieck, 2003; Traités chinois de peinture et de calligraphie (les Tang et les Cinq Dynasties), T. 2, Klincksieck, 2010; Esquif sur l’océan de la peinture by Shen Zongqian, Les Belles Lettres, 2019) and has analyzed and presented their aesthetic principles (L’Art en Chine, Hermann, 2001, Montagnes et eaux. La culture du shanshui, Hermann, 2005; Jardins de sagesse en Chine et au Japon, Seuil, 2013). His research concerns their artistic, philosophical, aesthetic and cultural interactions with Western art (in collaboration with Jean-Marie Schaeffer, L’Esthétique : Europe, China and Elsewhere, You-feng, 2002; with Johanna Liu, Frontières de l’art, frontières de l’esthétique, You-feng, 2008; Culture du loisir, art et esthétique, You-feng, 2010; with Vincent Shen and Li Chenyang, Inter-culturality and Philosophic Discourse, Cambridge SP, 2013; with Jean-Noël Bret, Le paysage entre art et nature, PUR, 2017. In collaboration with Johanna Liu, she has also edited over ten issues of Universitas, Monthly Review in Philosophy and Culture (referenced A&HCI), in English and Chinese, since 2006.

She was president-elect of the International Society of Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) from 2009 to 2011, and was scientific director of the exhibition Treasures from the Beijing Museum of Art at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gaillac (2018). She is currently a full member of UNESCO’s Advisory Committee for Works of Art (ACWA), 2018-2022.


1/2 day from 10:00 to 13:00 or from 15:00 to 18:00: € 38
Morning meditation (with breakfast) or evening meditation (with dinner): € 12
Day from 10:00 to 18:00 (Saturday from 10:45 to 18:00): € 83
Day from 7:00 to 22:30 (Saturday from 8:00 to 22:30): € 107
Weekend from 7:00 to 22:30: € 214
For the students of the School, contribution to the meal expenses: € 21/day

535€ Entire worksjop
2 TER rue de Savoie
Versailles, 78000 France
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