Life Drawing the Chinese Way
Tutor: Lei Lei QuCourse Code: 2419-01


Use Chinese brush and ink (also colour) to draw from a life model. This course aims to promote the use of Chinese philosophy to observe and express the natural world of beautiful shape through brush stroke and ink techniques. Please note: this course is to be held upstairs in The Barn Hall so unfortunately access is limited.


This course is for anyone who is interested in life drawing with a model and wishing to re-think their usual methods and to explore new possibilities.  The course will enable you to contrast and combine the philosophies from East and West to create wider possibilities in life drawing.  Through tutor demonstrations and instruction, studying from the life model - mostly short poses - and using various materials and techniques, learners will work with basic anatomy, looking from different angles and drawing in different ways to interpret the shape and spirit of the human figure in paint. This course carries a supplement for a life model.

Please bring with you

Bamboo pen if you have one
2b and 6b pencils
Conte (black and brown)
Chinese brushes (one large and one fine tipped)
Chinese ink
Chinese paint or watercolour (indigo and burnt sienna are essential)
A lot of paper (a roll of wall lining paper)
Piece of felt or old blanket, approx. 1 square metre
2 or 3 white dishes to use as palettes

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

The tutor will have some materials available for sale if required.


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Lei Lei Qu

Lei Lei Qu

Qu Lei Lei received a highly commended award from NIACE for his outstanding skills as a caring and most inspiring tutor. He has written many books on Chinese art and is a prolific artist who exhibits his work throughout the world. 

14th to 16th Jun 2019
Friday to Sunday


4pm onwardsResidents may check in
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7.30pmCoffee on arrival for non-residents
8pmWelcome and tutor introductions for all
8.15-9.30pmTeaching session
From 7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-12.45pmTeaching session
12.45-1.45pmLunch for all
1.45-5.30pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
From 7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-12.45pmTeaching Session
12.45-1.45pmLunch for all

"Lei Lei is an awesome tutor and the organisers very supportive." (June 2019)

"Lei Lei is fab and the facilities are excellent." (June 2019)

"Very enjoyable course - never enough time!" (November 2019)