Chinese Painting: Beauty of Summer in Chinese Xieyi InkCourse Full
Tutor: Peng Su - NEW TUTORCourse Code: 3420-12


Chinese ink brush painting with a focus on summer flowers and insects. Suitable for all levels with demonstrations, individual support, and opportunities to add advanced details. The course is intended to be an enjoyable experience for nature lovers wishing to capture the spirit of summer with this freestyle technique. Artist Peng Su will cover the traditional materials and brushstrokes before moving on to summer subjects such as Foxgloves, Lilies, Green Crickets, and Damselflies.


This two-day course will focus on developing your Chinese freestyle brush techniques and knowledge of Chinese painting meaning and composition. We will work together on introductory subject matters followed by individual support or additional details to suit your level and style. Students are encouraged to complete unique compositions to take away and are welcome to seek continued feedback on work following the course.
This summer themed course will highlight the importance of expressing students' spirit and love of nature through their work.
We will start off with a brief introduction to traditional xieyi materials and brushstrokes with some bamboo compositions to warm up. We will then move on to the summery Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile) flower and Sunflower. These will be built up using simple strokes and can be developed in to full compositions with the introduction of seasonal insects such as Crickets and Damselflies. We will also be learning about balance and meaning in the often-asymmetrical compositions of Chinese painting.
On Friday, we will move on to the more complex Lilies and Foxgloves. Throughout, a range of topics will be covered to aid in creating subtle differences and expressing your personal style; water control, ink loading, brush angles, paper textures, and perspective. We will delve further in to insects including showing them in both flight and resting. Students will be supported in creating their own summer flower and insect compositions to sign and take away.
Students are welcome to contact Peng Su beforehand for a Chinese name reflecting theirs in meaning or sound.

Please bring with you

Standard Chinese brush painting equipment: Felt mat, colour palette/plate, shallow dish/ink pot, water pot, Chinese brushes of various sizes.
Paint and Paper: Chinese ink (bottle or ground), Chinese Watercolours (e.g. Maries or stone powder), unsized or semi-sized rice paper.
Beginners are welcome to contact Peng Su for support when purchasing equipment beforehand or most can be purchased at cost on the day.



The following items can be purchased from your tutor

Felt mat £5 (approx. 1.5x1m)
Chinese brushes £3-10 each depending on size, £20 for a set of 3 with roll-up mat
Chinese ink £8 Japanese ink bottle, £2 ink stick for grinding
Chinese watercolours £8 Maries Watercolours
Rice paper 50p per sheet (approx. 35x50cm)


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD




Peng Su is a Chinese ink brush or xieyi artist from North China and now settled in Devon. Having originally practised traditional Chinese art with his great-grandpa Baozhang, he hopes to honour his kindness and continue their shared love of nature through his work. Inspired by artists such as Xu Wei and Bada Shanren, he focuses on the flow of ink and economical yet expressive brushstrokes – prioritising both technique and artist spirit. While he teaches various styles around the UK, his own work draws on his cross-cultural experience and celebrates the real stories and beautiful imperfections in nature.

20th to 21st Aug 2020
Thursday 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
2-5pmLast teaching session