Chinese Brush Painting & Calligraphy: Flowers & Birds

Subject: Painting
Dates: 29 July 2019 - 2 August 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Kaili Fu, Xuzhuang Li
Full price
£ 385

This is a two part course covering Chinese brush painting, and calligraphy - two arts which compliment each other in Chinese tradition.

During the first three days of your course, learn the art of brush painting with tutor Kaili Fu.

The course will begin with a introduction to the cultural symbolism of the subject of flower and bird painting.

Learn essential skills for painting flowers and birds in a free hand style. Students will be shown how to prepare materials, including ink and colour. Then learn the correct way to hold your brush, and load the brushes with ink. Learn how to create brush strokes, and washes of colour.

The tutor will demonstrate how an artist attempts to capture the spirit of the subject - lines, leaves, branches, feathers, and so on using line, composition, and colour. Every part of your painting will hold significance, even the blank spaces.

Painting subjects will include lotus with dragonfly, peony with butterfly and wisteria with birds.

Then complete your painting with a meaningful and complimentary calligraphic phrase. Tutor Xuzhuang Li will guide you in learning the key strokes for writing in running/cursive script and the order in which one creates the strokes. He will suggest a number of phrases which will pair beautifully with your chosen painting subject. You will then practice writing these phrases and add them to your painting.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What should I bring to class?

All materials will be provided on this course.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting slightly messy.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

You can view our policy here.

By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions. Click to view.

Tutor biography

Kaili Fu

Kaili Fu holds a degree in art from a university in Southeastern China. Since coming to the UK in 1988, she has taught Chinese Brush Painting to adults throughout the UK, including with the Chinese Brush Painting Society.

She exhibits her work extensively in Devon and the South West, and holds a City & Guilds tutor qualification.

Tutor biography

Xuzhuang Li

Dr Xuzhuang Li is a lecturer of Mandarin Language and Translation Theory and Practice at Exeter University. He is an esteemed scholar with a wide range of knowledge and also an experienced tutor in adult learning.

He is a member of China Yellow Mountain Painters and Calligraphers, and teaches calligraphy in various residential education centres in the UK.