Introduction to Chinese Brush Painting Class

by Deborah Shaw


Chinese Brush Painting, Bamboo, Gloria Whea-Fun Teng

Chinese Brush Painting, Bamboo, by Gloria Whea-Fun Teng, © 2009, all rights reserved.


BAGSC Member Gloria Whea-Fun Teng will be teaching a new class at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens: Introduction to Chinese Brush Painting. 4 Thursdays: October 28-November 18, 2010 1-3pm / Oak Room Gloria Whea-Fun Teng, Instructor $120 members / $130 non-members

Pre-registration required.  For reservations or information, please call (626) 821-4623 or email Jill Berry at the Arboretum.  If there is a conflict with a date, please let Jill know.

In this introductory course the student will learn the difference between Chinese brush painting and other watercolor painting. The class will teach the beginning painter to use Chinese brushes and ink to create beautiful paintings on rice paper. At the end of this course, a completed painting will be ready to be framed and displayed. Gloria, the instructor, is a very talented artist who has taught a variety of courses over the years. She has also studied botanical illustration at Otis College of Art & Design.

1. Week one: Introduction to Chinese brush painting: includes how to mix color, brush painting style and techniques, how to use the brush on rice paper, practicing on newsprint first, and how to paint a bamboo branch. 1st assignment: bamboo branch

2. Week two: Bamboo branch with leaf: using black ink, learn to paint a bamboo leaf, single leaf, double leaf and how to paint a set of leaves. The student will learn how to control the water with brush. 2nd assignment: bamboo branch and leaf

3. Week three: Flower: Rose: how to paint flower stems and buds; start to use color, practicing on a single petal flower, including different angles and shapes; learn the techniques of painting multiple layers of petals and different leaves. 3rd assignment: Flower: Rose

4. Week four: Final Critique: bamboo painting in black ink, and rose in color. Student will complete one painting in the class, and it will be ready to frame when the course is finished.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch Gloria’s grace and skill executing a Chinese brush painting, now is your chance to learn this beautiful technique.

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