In the 1960s, the art form known as Etagami, or more simply referred to as “Japanese postcard art,” was conceived by a calligrapher known as Kunio Koike. Now Etagami is practiced worldwide, captivating artists and art lovers alike, and you can do it too!

Keene Valley Library is experimenting with a craft class! This weekend they will be hosting a virtual Etagami class with experienced painter and teacher, Harriet Kline. No experience? No worries. All are welcome, and the classes is specifically suited to non-painters, beginners, and imperfectionists. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paper, newspaper, butcher block paper, or scrap paper
  • Blank postcards or watercolor paper
  • Black ink and a small paintbrush or a black marker
  • Watercolor paints, water-based markers, or anything that makes color- this includes colored pencils, crayons, or pastels
  • Water containers
  • A palette
  • A towel

Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid carries most of these items, but they can also be purchased online. Keene Valley Library can also lend out paints and brush sets upon request.

The class will be held Sunday, May 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., using the following Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97325186544?pwd=a1YwVUJjK0p4T1hmbEpua25sa2NlQT09.

For more information, or to learn more about Keene Valley Library, visit their website or Facebook page.