Chinese Brush Painting: Freehand Brushwork - Year of The DogCourse Cancelled
Tutor: William CaiCourse Code: 3218-14


Through face to face instruction and with demonstrations, this course is to study how to use brushes by studying freehand brushwork. Drawing bamboo is the basic skill of Chinese painting and we will be able to train the brushes by drawing bamboo. After this we will learn to use 'boneless painting' for painted flowers. As this is the Chinese year of the dog, we will draw a dog freehand and finally, the flowers will be combined with the dog to form a complete art work.


Throughout this course, you will be trained in the skill of using brush to learn how to draw beautiful lines with brushes and understand that lines are Chinese painting. We will cover the main means of modeling.
We will appreciate that the use of a brush with different water content can result in different strokes on the picture.
These are the basic skills for further study of Chinese painting and remain so important to newcomers and experienced Chinese Brush painters. .

Please bring with you

  • Large, medium and small Chinese brushes (at least one of each)
  • A Bottle of Chinese Ink
  • A box of Chinese colour (or, Gamboge, Indigo, Burnt Sienna, Vermillion Carmine, Rouge tint and White colours, each one PCS)
  • Some rice paper (Xuan paper)
  • Felt or old blanket (about 1m2)
  • 2 or 3 white dishes to be used as palettes

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

The tutor will have some materials available for purchase if required:
Ink: a bottle for £4;
Chinese colour: each tube of 12ml for £1; a set of 12 colours for £8.00;
Chinese brushes different size from £2 - £10;
Rice paper (70cm x 135cm) for £1.50.


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


William Cai

William CaiWilliam (Wei Min) is a veteran Chinese painting and calligraphy teacher. He has taught Chinese calligraphy and painting in the UK for more than 30 years.
William has taught and worked at the British Museum, the Westminster Library, the National Gallery, the Princes Foundation Art School, and many other art associations.
He is very experienced at Chinese landscape paintings, flower and bird paintings, meticulous paintings, and freehand paintings, especially in traditional styles.
He believes that doing Chinese painting and calligraphy can make people happy. In the process of painting, you can cultivate your body and mind.
8th to 10th Aug 2018
Wednesday to Friday


9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session