Barbara Bash is an artist interested in communication in all its forms.

She has written and illustrated many highly acclaimed books about the natural world for adults and children. She is a calligrapher, illustrator and teacher who leads classes in field sketching, communication practices, as well as the popular Big Brush workshops where participants learn to trust their own creative instincts while working with enormous horsehair brushes and great buckets of ink.

Her illustrated journals and visual blog have long been a source of inspiration to colleagues and students.



2020 Workshops & Events

Mindfulness Resident
January 15 - May 15, 2020

I will be offering my mindfulness based art practices throughout the college.

Creativity & Innovation at Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO

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Creativity & Innovation at Colorado College


Public Lecture / Demonstration
Wednesday February 19th, 3pm

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LEAPING LETTERS: From Nature to Pictograms to the Alphabet
Cornerstone Art Center, Flex Room
Colorado College

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free of charge


Save the Date!
June 16/17, 2020

Philadelphia Shambhala Center

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Come explore the creative process of alive visual and verbal expression within the buddhist tradition. Beginning with the ancient straight brush practice (ichi), we will move to big brushes on large sheets of paper and buckets of ink. Then following the personal alive voice of free writing, bringing what is inside out onto the page. Engaging further with collaborative brush play, three line poems, signature strokes, all held by universal principles, guided by ancient forms, fresh and real in the moment. No previous art experience needed, just an open mind!


Save the Date!
July 17/18/19, 2020

Sky Lake Meditation Center
Rosendale, NY

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A three day immersion into the world of brush and ink. We will explore the ancient Chinese principles of heaven, earth and human in the making of a brushstroke - first with small brushes to ground and connect, then with large brushes and buckets of ink, creating spontaneous marks while held in ritual. The world of pictograms, responding and mapping a moment, being in improvised dialogue with our life will all be investigated. An interest in visual language and movement is the only prerequisite.

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Have a look at this short video of the Big Brush practice - WATCH NOW



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