ONLINE Chinese Painting: Birds in a Composition - Thurs 31st March 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.
Thurs 31st March 10am - 11:30am workshop demo
Thurs 7th April 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 Chinese like to include a small creature in their flower painting - whether it is an insect, small animal or bird.
Maggie will talk briefly about the history and symbolism of birds in Chinese art before her demonstration. She will begin with sketching the structure of a bird from different perspectives. These generic birds can be adapted to different species and Maggie will demonstrate swallows, sparrows and kingfishers.
After demonstrating in ink Maggie will use colour appropriate to each bird. To complete the session she will give some ideas of suitable compositions including the birds
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- Symbolism of birds in Chinese painting
- Brushstrokes for the various birds
- 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
- Chinese paper (Maggie will be using grass, Xuan, and gold flecked paper for this demonstration)
- Liquid ink
- Paints - burnt sienna, indigo, cinnabar or vermillion, phthalo blue or peacock blue, and emerald.
If you don’t have Chinese tube colours, then watercolours or gouache will suffice. 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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