Chinese Brush Painting

Ref: C2345512

Students will be introduced to Chinese brush painting using the free style method which offers more personal freedom to express themselves. We start with what the basic brush strokes are and how all the tools, equipment and materials work and can be looked after. We will look at the health and safety of the paints and inks as some items are toxic and must be handled properly such as seal paste, stone blue, stone green , gamboge and cinnabar. There are many subjects we can paint in freestyle but after a few demos of basic techniques I will be lead by student requests as to what additional subject matter they may wish me demonstrate.

Course aim

To introduce students to Chinese Brush Painting and a few simple Chinese characters in Chinese calligraphy to accompany various traditional Chinese painting subject matter.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • complete paintings using Chinese ink and Chinese water colour.
  • produce some Chinese Calligraphy characters.
  • discover what design and composition styles there are in Chinese painting.
  • try out various brushes and see what marks and effects they can produce.
  • mount or back a Chinese painting to take care of it

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Chinese Brushes, Chinese paper or something similar to use like wall paper lining paper or news print paper. water pot, mixing palette, blanket to rest work on and a folder to keep the work.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Chinese Brush Painting


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