ONLINE Chinese Painting: The Four Gentlemen - Plum Blossom - Tues 2nd Nov 2021 at 2pm
If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please select the recording only option below.
All students will be given access to watch our video playback service of this workshop for 30 days. Please note that the follow up session is not recorded.
Tues 2nd November 2pm - 3:30pm workshop demo
Tues 16th November 2pm - 3pm follow up and Q&A session
This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for those who have attended an introductory session with Maggie, but will also be suitable for beginners who are familiar with the materials.
The plum blossom is one of The Four Gentleman of Chinese painting and has many symbolic meanings. Apart from representing winter it is the symbol of strength and hardiness as it often flowers when the snow is on the ground.
It is always painted without the leaves, mainly because these appear after the flowers rather like the magnolia. It is highly regarded in China sometimes referred to as the national flower of China although it has to compete with the peony for this. It appears on wood carvings porcelain and embroidery.
Maggie will begin the session by demonstrating each separate part of the plant before completing several compositions. One will include a small bird, another will show the technique of painting plum blossom in the snow with a backwash technique only possible on Chinese absorbent paper.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- Symbolism of the plum blossom
- Brushstrokes for freestyle and outline technique
- The rules of composition for a traditional Chinese painting
- Use of colour
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
A kit for this course is available directly from Maggie at a cost of £22 including P&P (to UK students). The kit will include:
- Two brushes - Lin Feng and small landscape
- 10 sheets of grass paper
- Liquid ink
Students wishing to source their own materials will need:
- Chinese brushes – various widths
- Chinese paper
- Liquid ink
All students will also need:
- Paints - if you don’t have Chinese tube colours, then watercolours or gouache will suffice. Maggie will be using a blue-red such as crimson for this class. NB. acrylic paint is not suitable for Chinese painting.
- 2 water pots
- Palette or saucer
- Table cover (the Chinese paper is very absorbent and soaks through) - an old sheet or plain newsprint are suitable
- Kitchen roll or paint rag
You needn't have the materials ready whilst watching the live demonstration – the demo session is a time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.
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