ONLINE Chinese Painting: The Four Gentlemen - Chrysanthemum - Thurs 9th September 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.
Thurs 9th September 2pm - 3:30pm workshop demo
Thurs 16th September 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 chrysanthemum is one of the “Four Gentlemen” and symbolises autumn in Chinese painting. Maggie will talk about this symbolism before demonstrating the brush strokes needed to paint these wonderful flowers.
There are two ways to depict chrysanthemum in traditional Chinese style; freestyle and outline. This latter method is often only used for the flowers. Maggie will demonstrate flowers, leaves and stems separately before explaining the rules of composition.
She will then paint a freestyle chrysanthemum with chicks to add interest. Her second painting will show the flowers in outline hanging over a pool of water. Maggie will introduce colour, albeit on a minimal scale, which is the way of Chinese painting.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- Symbolism of the chrysanthemum
- 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:
- Colours - if you don’t have Chinese colours, then watercolours or gouache will suffice. Please note that acrylic paint is not suitable for Chinese painting. Maggie will be using shades of yellow, orange and burnt sienna.
- 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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