Chinese Brush Painting: Tigers!Proposed CourseCourse Cancelled
Tutor: William CaiCourse Code: 3320-13


A special 2 day Chinese painting workshop studying how to use Chinese painting techniques to depict animals. The main subject of this workshop is 'tiger'. You will also learn about some other subjects that often appear in Chinese paintings whilst discussing and depicting the background of the tiger: E.G. stones, pine trees, and waterfalls.


About Painting Tiger
In traditional Chinese culture, the subject of Chinese painting is often used to express a symbolic meaning. For example: plum blossom; orchid; chrysanthemum; bamboo - symbolizing the four gentlemen; painting peony flower - symbolising wealth and good fortune.
So painting tigers is not just a simple meaning for painting animals.
In Chinese culture, tigers have three symbolic meanings: 1: Majesty, power; 2: Brave, fearless; and 3: Pray for blessings, ward off evil.
Just like Westerners use lions as kings of beasts, the king of beasts in China is a tiger.
Therefore, in the ancient Chinese army, tigers were often used as totems for military banners, to show courage and fearlessness; Governments often use tiger drawings as a symbol of power; Ordinary people often hang tiger paintings at home to pray for blessings, ward off evil, and stay safe.
Right now the world is not very peaceful, and there are often some natural and human disasters that destroy our peaceful life. Let us draw more auspicious animals, pray for the world, and keep safe.

Please bring with you

  • Large, medium and small Chinese brushes (at least one of each)
  • A Bottle of Chinese Ink
  • A box of Chinese colour (or, Gamboge, Indigo, Burnt Sienna, Vermillion Carmine, Rouge tint and White colours, each one PCS)
  • Some rice paper (raw Xuan paper)
  • Felt or old blanket (about 1m2)
  • 2 or 3 white dishes to be used as palettes

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

The tutor will have some materials available for purchase if required:
Ink: a bottle for £4;
Chinese colour: each tube of 12ml for £1; a set of 12 colours for £8.00;
Chinese brushes different size from £2 - £10;
Suitable paper for the course (e.g. Rice paper 70cm x 135cm for £1.50)


Suitable for all levels although experience of chinese brush painting will be helpful.

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


William Cai

William CaiWilliam (Wei Min) is a veteran Chinese painting and calligraphy teacher. He has taught Chinese calligraphy and painting in the UK for more than 30 years.
William has taught and worked at the British Museum, the Westminster Library, the National Gallery, the Princes Foundation Art School, and many other art associations.
He is very experienced at Chinese landscape paintings, flower and bird paintings, meticulous paintings, and freehand paintings, especially in traditional styles.
He believes that doing Chinese painting and calligraphy can make people happy. In the process of painting, you can cultivate your body and mind.
13th to 14th Aug 2020
Thursday to Friday


9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"Williams information was very helpful with the most enjoyable subjects to paint" (March 2020)

"Another great workshop with William.  There is a lot to learn and it's fun!  William is very skilful and knowledgeable." (Summer School 2019)

"The course was wonderful." (Summer School 2019)