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Learn About CSMA's Chinese Brush Painting Workshop

Posted January 30th, 2019  |  By A4A.admin

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CSMA is featuring two art workshops this Winter. Art workshops are an easy way to learn a new skill or try out a new art medium!

We’re hosting the one-day Chinese Brush Painting Workshop on February 9, hosted by CSMA faculty member and artist Qing Xu.  We talked to Qing to learn more about her background with Chinese brush painting and get an inside look at the upcoming workshop.

Qing Xu

Give us a little background on yourself.  What drew you to art in general and how did you get into Chinese brush painting? What other mediums do you work with professionally?

I was born and raised by artistic parents. My childhood home was always filled with rice paper, brushes and my parents’ Chinese paintings. In middle school, my mother’s colleague taught me impressionist bamboo ink wash. In college, I studied elaborate Chinese painting. I also have experience in various other mediums, including sketch, brush ink, watercolor and gouache in figure drawing, landscape, still life and graphic design.  Currently I teach both preschool art classes and camps. Besides painting, I also love cooking, music and travel.

What can students expect from this workshop? What types of skills will they learn?

I’d like to focus on helping students understand traditional Chinese painting styles and using freehand painting techniques to achieve them. I chose to teach the Xieyi style because its great fun for all ages and experience levels!

How do you describe your teaching style?

I am a patient and experienced teacher, with a focus on technique learning.

What types of materials will the students work with?

Students will gain knowledge about Chinese Painting materials, and gain a preliminary understanding and familiarity with paper and ink through ink wash painting practice.

Describe the final product that students could make in your workshop. Should students bring any of their own inspirations or ideas?

Students will begin by learning to draw a single object. At the end of the Workshop students will be able to finish a composition. Yes, they should bring their own ideas to their composition.

Anything else you would like to share with us about your workshop, classes or personal life?

CSMA used to offer Chinese painting class a few years ago and it brought me great joy to see students’ art work. If this workshop is successful, it is possible that CSMA will offer the Chinese Brush Painting class again soon.


Interested in the Chinese Brush Painting workshop? Register here!

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