Chinese Brush Painting

Ref: C2338129

Chinese brush painting is an ancient art form that can be practiced to give pleasure in making paintings of flowers birds animals and landscapes. It uses six basic brush strokes that can be practiced separately or used in writing some calligraphy characters that are the essential strokes we use in the free style form of Chinese brush painting. In addition to free style there is also Gongbi and integrated style. So during the course we hope to try out all the 3 styles so that students can see which style they prefer.

Course aim

This course is for beginners and improvers and is based on simple brush strokes in Chinese ink and Chinese watercolour.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Learn to use ink and create ink washes and tones
  • Learn to use Chinese paints and how ro combine it with Chinese ink
  • Learn about several types of Chinese paper and which to,use for each technique
  • Learn how to mount Chinese paintings ready for display and safe keeping.
  • Learn basic calligraphy so that you can write your name, the date and some thing about the subject matter in the painting.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • There is Wifi at the NSA where we are to check on various aspects of Chinese painting etc

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full course outline

Chinese Brush Painting Course Outline


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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