Introduction to Chinese Brush Painting & Calligraphy

Subject: Painting
Dates: 2 March 2020 - 6 March 2020
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.

Spend the first three days with tutor Kaili Fu, and learn to paint Chinese flowers in a free-hand style, beginning with the plum blossom, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum. These plants are considered to have a refined beauty and allow beginners to master key techniques for Chinese brush painting. 

The goal of painting these subjects is not to copy from real life, but to give room for contemplation in every action taken by the artist. Students will learn to hold brushes correctly; mix and load ink or colour; paint lines, leaves, branches, petals, blossoms; the different positions and directions of flowers; ink and colour washing.

The tutor will also show students how to capture the spirit of the subject with line, use of ink and colour, and composition.

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.

By the end of the course, the student will have a completed work encompassing their learning. 

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.

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course.

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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.