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Chinese brush painting and brushes

Chinese Brush Painting - Online Live

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Delivered online
Mixed Level
10:00 - 12:00
6 weeks

This course has started, but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 40 25* and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running

This course is delivered online.
The course will introduce the traditional materials and techniques of Chinese Brush Painting in the Spontaneous style. It will include the use of Chinese calligraphy and seals to complete a painting, where appropriate. More experienced students will learn to develop their work. Please note that Chinese painting materials contain animal glue and the brushes are made from animal hair.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:
• Be aware of and work to relevant Health and Safety guidelines
• Demonstrate and understand relevant techniques.
• Demonstrate successful use of relevant tools, equipment and resources.
• Successfully review and evaluate your own work.
• Research and evaluate the work of others to inform your own work and development

There is no set ‘homework’, but you are welcome to practise and do further work at home.
There is no qualification for this course.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Ann Fairchild

Ann Fairchild is a British artist who grew up painting the local landscape of rural Suffolk. She decided to specialise in Chinese painting as it places the importance of capturing the spirit of the subject above all other considerations. She uses traditional Chinese painting materials to depict a wide range of subjects including birds, animals, flowers, landscapes and people. She moved to Kent to study for a degree in Fine Art from Canterbury College of Art in the early 1980s and later went on to receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Christ Church University College. She has taken part in many group exhibitions in London and around the country. She was Chairman of The London Chinese Brush Painters Group from 2004-2009. She has been teaching Chinese Painting to adults and children since 2006.

View all courses taught by Ann Fairchild here

How will I be taught?

Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, one to one guidance, group discussions and critiques. You will look at the work of contemporary and historical artists and you will keep a sketchbook/notebook and individual learning plan (ILP) to record goals, ideas, processes and progress.

This course will be delivered online.
You can access the class from your computer equipped with a camera and a microphone, from a laptop (where the camera and microphone should be built-in), a tablet or a smartphone.

Before each lesson, the tutor may send you by email essential lesson information/handouts for you to consult in advance, and before the class starts, the tutor will have sent you by email an invitation to join, which will be a simple weblink to click. The system is free, secure and easy to use. Should you have questions about the required equipment, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or by email. Instructions are also available on our website

What do I need to have with me?

You will need to provide your own materials and it is estimated that students will need to spend about £30 to £40 on materials. Tutor will be able to give further advice on resources during the course. Please wear an apron or old clothes, as the ink does not wash out. Please note that Chinese painting materials contain animal glue and the brushes are made from animal hair.

1. A flat absorbent cloth to put under your paper (felt, an old blanket, a large household cloth, or newspaper).
2. Water jars (2 to 3).
3. Kitchen paper towel to blot brushes.
4. A white plastic or ceramic palette, or an old plate or saucer.
5. Cheap practice paper such as printer paper and a pencil.
6. Two – Four objects to use as paper weights.
7. A medium sized Chinese painting brush.
8. A bottle of Chinese liquid ink (example - Yi De Ge 100ml, do not use European inks such as Winsor and Newton brand.
9. Unsized Xuan paper or “Wenzhou” paper roll. It is very important to use this type of paper for this style of painting. Do not buy “grass” or “practice” paper.
10. Marie’s Chinese Painting Colour’ box (12 tubes) It is not recommended to use coloured sticks of paint as they are impractical to use.
11. Adding an ink stick and an ink stone to grind the ink stick on will enable you to control the quality of the ink as you progress.

The following links offer a variety of resources and equipment:
The S.A.A. ( Great Art and Jackson's Art Supplies.
Amazon, or offer Marie's Chinese painting colour.

What can I do next?

A further Chinese Brush painting course.

What do I need to join the course

For beginners and for those who have previous experience of the subject, including those who have studied with this tutor before.

An ability to use laptop, computer or mobile phone for access to the online ZOOM session.

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Joining your course

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If you require any information about joining this online course then please call 03000 41 40 25* and quote the Course Code CAN/106000/J/NC.