Chinese Brush Painting: Studying Liu Jiyou (Animals)
Tutor: William CaiCourse Code: 3422-10


Through face to face instruction and with traditional demonstrations, this course will introduce the work of the artist Liu Jiyou (1918 to 1983), a native of Tianjin and an outstanding Chinese painter. Known as the "Rembrandt and Michelangelo of the East", Liu Jiyou is an accomplished master of animal painting and figure painting in the history of modern and contemporary Chinese art. In this workshop, through the study and research of Liu Jiyou's works, we will understand and master the essence of this master of Chinese painting.


Mr. Liu Jiyou is one of the few modern Chinese painters who can paint white, heavy colour, small and large freehand. His subject matter is also very comprehensive: in addition to people and animal paintings, he was also proficient at flowers, birds, and landscapes. In particular, his achievements in figure paintings and freehand animal paintings are the most prominent. He adheres to the tradition of family learning, lifelong diligence, with diligent and pragmatic professionalism, a rigorous and meticulous work attitude, and constant innovation. Tens of thousands of his works are based on unique brush and ink, exquisite skills, philosophical composition, and his artistic style is full of a new spirit of the times.

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:
Chinese colour: each tube of 12ml for £1; a set of 12 colours for £8.00;
Chinese brushes, in different sizes from £2 - £15;
Suitable papers for the course (E.G. Rice paper (70cm x 135cm) for £1.50))


Some 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 including painting and engraving seals at the V&A.
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.
24th to 26th Aug 2022
Wednesday to Friday


9.15amStudents arrive (coffee available)
9.30amTeaching session
12.45-1.45Lunch for all
1.45-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.00amBreakfast for residents
9.30amTeaching session
12.45-1.45Lunch for all
1.45-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.00amBreakfast for residents
9.30amTeaching session
12.45-1.45Lunch for all
1.45-5pmLast teaching session

"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)

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

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