Traditional Chinese ink brush painting with a focus on fish, flowers and insects. Suitable for all levels, Chinese artist Peng Su will cover the traditional materials and freestyle brushstrokes behind subjects such as iridescent dragonflies, peonies, and leaping carp. Through demonstrations and one-on-one support, you will ultimately create your own authentic compositions. Peng Su focuses on mastering subtle impressionist movements of the brush, telling nature's stories, and the importance of an artist's spirit.
This weekend course will focus on developing your Chinese freestyle brush techniques and knowledge of Chinese painting meaning and composition. Suitable for all levels, we will work together on introductory subject matters followed by individual support or additional content to suit your level and style. Students are encouraged to complete unique compositions to take away and are welcome to seek continued feedback on work following the weekend.
Friday evening: We will start the weekend with a traditional exercise designed to separate you from your week and settle you in to this meditative painting style – bamboo strokes. For beginners, it provides a traditional introduction to the materials and techniques. For those with more experience, it can be enhanced through the introduction of natural elements such as wind and rain. Peng Su will demonstrate, provide individual support throughout, and it will end with your first original composition of the weekend.
Saturday: Today we will focus on the less commonly explored subject of insects, which play an important part in storytelling in Chinese painting. We will cover insects such as dragonflies, crickets, butterflies, and snails (a mollusc!). By painting these earlier in the day, we will cover a range of topics such as water control, brush angles, and perspective. Later in the day, we will begin to paint these insects into larger compositions – perhaps hovering above a peony or climbing a bamboo stem – together learning about balance and meaning in the often-asymmetrical compositions of Chinese painting.
Sunday: Finally, we will be painting fish, starting with the simpler colourful goldfish and finishing with the dramatic carp. We will discuss the spirit and symbolism of the subject matters and learn further about the textures created and controlled by subtle differences in brushstrokes and water content. Students will again be supported in creating their last compositions of the weekend and encouraged to sign and stamp paintings to take away. Students are welcome to contact Peng Su for a Chinese name to sign their paintings.