ONLINE Chinese Painting: The Four Gentlemen - Orchid - Tues 25th January 2022 at 10am
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 25th January 10am - 11:30am workshop demo
Tues 1st February 10am - 11am 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 orchid is one of The Four Gentleman of Chinese painting and has many symbolic meanings.
The orchid represents Spring. It is also the symbol of virtue as it grows in rocky cracks or hidden amongst tree trunks and roots so you could easily walk past it without even noticing it. This of course refers to the little wild orchid rather than the colourful, flamboyant ones we are used to seeing in our garden centres!
Maggie will begin by demonstrating the various parts of the plant- stems, leaves and flowers and discussing composition before completing several compositions. Line work is of particular importance for this subject. Orchids are generally painted in black but Maggie will show some use of colour too.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- Symbolism of the orchid
- Brushstrokes for the various parts of the plant
- 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.
- Chinese brushes – various widths, you will be using mainly the finer brushes
- Chinese paper (Maggie will be using grass, Xuan, and gold flecked paper for this demonstartion)
- Liquid ink
- Paints - if you don’t have Chinese tube colours, then watercolours or gouache will suffice. Maggie suggests red, pink, yellow and indigo. 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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