In the spirit of this month’s High School theme and IB Learner Profile, Year 9 students have been creating art that reflects the balanced spiritualism of Zen Buddhism. They have been practising the ancient art of sumi-e, or Japanese monochrome ink painting, in which subjects are painted with black ink in a range of gradations ranging from pure black to the lightest shades by dissolving ink in water. The origin of sumi-e paintings is in Chinese calligraphy, which can be noted by the similar gestural brush strokes. The results, seen below, demonstrate spontaneity and a refreshing simplicity. The work is part of a creative investigation into the art and culture of Japan, which will eventually lead to group textiles work.