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.
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD
William (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.