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Introduction to Chinese Painting

Venue Bold Place
Admission £65
Start Time 12:00
End Time 16:00

This session will begin with a brief history of Chinese art looking at the main ways it differs from Western painting styles

  • This will be followed by a demonstration of brush technique, correct handling and posture, leading to the first exercise which will finish in you painting a long flowing orchid stem, adding simple orchid flowers
  • The second exercise teaches more techniques focusing on ink and dilution, adding watercolour
  • You will then paint the “Four Gentlemen” – four plants used to teach the fundamental elements of Chinese brush painting: the plum blossom (梅), the bamboo (竹), and the chrysanthemum (菊) (the other plant is the orchid (蘭) previously used in exercise 1)
  • We will look at what different trees and flowers represent in Chinese culture: e.g. strength, peace, purity etc
  • We will also look at Chinese calligraphy and have a go at writing in Chinese using our paintbrushes
  • From a number of different visual stimuli, we will choose our own subject matter to create a more detailed painting using the techniques we have learned, with a demonstration from the artist, feedback and group critiques

Tutor: Madeleine Pires


Sunday 10th December, 12pm – 4pm (£65 for 1 day workshop)


BOLD Place

8 Bold Place,

Liverpool L1 9DN


£65 for 1 day workshop

Materials you will need to bring:

Set of 3 Chinese paintbrushes

pad of A4 watercolour paper or rice paper

Plain printer paper for practicing

Chinese ink

A palette or saucer with dividers

A pipette

water pot

If possible, a small watercolour set containing red, yellow, blue and green.


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