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

Summary

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.

Description

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.
 

Level

Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD

Tutor

William Cai

William CaiWilliam (Wei Min) Cai has been painting for over 40 years and has been teaching Chinese painting and calligraphy in the UK since the early 1990's. Originally from the Guangdong province of China, his work has been exhibited in China, Japan, Indonesia and the UK.
William has held demonstrations of Chinese painting and calligraphy at the V&A and the British Museum and teaches at the Westminster City Library amongst other art institutions.
8th to 10th Aug 2018
Wednesday to Friday

Timetable

Wednesday
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
Thursday
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
Friday
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session
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