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.



2019 Workshops & Events

Strengthening the Heart


Meeting the third Tuesday of each month
Rosendale, NY @ 7:15-9:00pm
Next: October 15, November 19, December 17


COMPASSIONATE BRUSH: Calligraphy & Communication Practice
Saturday, October 12th, 2-5 PM
Free of charge

writing of the world

Making a mark, with brush and ink, brings vision down to earth - through the body - onto the page.The practice of Nonviolent Communication is also a grounding act. How we speak can express our embodied awareness and lead to connection with ourselves and others. We will explore this interweaving of silence and form, space and body, aloneness and connection through brush stroke and dialogue.

Barbara Bash has been walking the calligraphic path for many years with an interest in Buddhist sensibility as expressed through western art forms. She was a longtime student of Chogyam Trungpa. More recently she has been studying Nonviolent Communication. She is intrigued to explore the combining of these two deep and rich communication disciplines. All art materials provided.

At Samadhi
122 Clinton Ave. Kingston NY
Free of charge
Part of the O+ Festival

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Saturday October 19th
2:00 - 5:00pm
Cost: $60

slow handwriting workshop

Our handwriting is a form of artistic expression that is accessible, completely unique and reflective of who we are in this moment. Come drop in to this familiar and close at hand visual voice and discover your creative self again. We will slow down our handwriting - working big, loose and illegible - small precise and clear - with pencils, pens and brushes, exploring our true expression in fresh ways. Bring a favourite writing pen. All other supplies provided.

at Brush & Reed Fine Art Calligraphy Studio
39 Broadway, Kingston NY

For more information or email Jena Argenta


Saturday December 7th, 10-5 pm

compassionate brush

A day to explore the creative process for anyone interested in alive expression. Beginning with big brush strokes, held by universal principles, we will move into intimate and personal free writing, following the life momentum and bringing what is inside us out onto the page. Ending with collaborative play writing three line poems guided by ancient forms, fresh and real in the moment. No previous art experience needed, just an open mind !

Westchester Buddhist Center
Eileen Fisher Headquarters
2 Bridge St. Irvington NY 10533

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