I am passionate about Teaching chinese brush painting
- See tab News and Testimonials for dates/subjects for my drop in classes
- Chinese culture is currently having a big impact on the world, both socially and economically. Schools are embracing this in the UK by educating their children and giving them an understanding of Chinese values and traditions.
- I teach Chinese brush painting in schools, for the Womens Institute and Art Societies I currently have 2 monthly groups, a closed group that sign up for 6 months and a drop in workshop for people that are unable to commit for the longer term.
- I also run workshops during my exhibitions. I collaborate with other people who work in the Chinese arts such as teachers of Qi Gong.
- I offer one to one teaching or small groups of people is also available. I charge £25 per hour in my studio or £30 per hour in a location of your choice plus expenses.
- Please contact me for more information.
In May 2017 I because a lecture for The Arts Society a wonderful global organisation that enjoy listening to lectures about the Art. I am very excited to be part of this Society
Here is some of my students work:
Martin smith - student for 4 years
Rachel whallett - has had 2 lessons with me!
Amelia's first lesson
Materials we use in Chinese Brush Painting
The history of Chinese Brush Painting can be traced back to the Han dynasty 206AD. The The primary materials for brush painting are brushes, ink sticks, ink stones and paper. These are known as the four treasures and their history, like that of brush painting itself, stretches over several thousand years.
There are two main brush types, white hair and brown hair. White hair brushes are often made from goat hair. Being comparatively soft and absorbent, they are used for flower and bird paintings and for colour washing.
Brown hair brushes are variously made from weasel hair, horsetail hair, human hair, pig bristles or bird feathers. They are stiffer brushes, suitable for contouring and used in the painting of tree branches, bamboo and landscapes.
Brush sizes vary and can be up to four inches long.
Ink gives Chinese painting a distinctive characteristic. Traditionally the ink sticks are rectangular in shape and made from pine soot and resin, mixed with herbs. Today however prepared liquid inks are becoming more popular.
These are made of special stone from mountain streams. Ink is made by putting a few drops of water on the stone, then grinding the ink stick round and round. This sounds simple but achieving the required consistency is an acquired skill.
Paper was invented in China. The paper used for painting is called Xuan paper, known in the West as rice paper. It is fine, soft, long-lasting and made from a variety of materials, such as bamboo, mulberry tree bark, rice straw and rattan.
There are two main types, sized and unsized. Unsized paper absorbs water, colour and ink quickly, making it suitable for freehand style painting. Sized paper is not absorbent, suitable for detailed, meticulous painting.
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