Shanghai, China

Chinese Brush Painting

with Janny C.

Janny C.

The single most astonishing fact about Chinese Brush Painting is that each brush stroke is a defining move that produces a portion of the painting that is neither improved upon nor corrected. No sketch is prepared and no model is used; the artist paints with rapid, mentally constructed strokes transporting a 'mind image' to mulberry paper. From first to last stroke, the artist must 'get it right' while in Western watercolor corrections and overpainting are a part of the technique. Chinese Brush Painting is meant to be more than a representation of an object; it is also a symbolic expression. This is why a full plant is never painted, but rather a few blossoms which will represent the plant in it's entirety, and, in fact, all of life - a TAO principle. Rather than looking at the subject as you paint, you bringing it forth from your mind and heart and becoming part of nature. And, in each painting there will almost always be a "Host" which is the larger and stronger flower, tree, etc. and a "Guest" which is indicated by being smaller.
This class will introduce you to the basics of Chinese brush painting. A few effortless brush strokes are used to show instantly the basis of what you are portraying. The class will teach you how to create these evocative black and white brush painting techniques, taking inspiration from nature. Once students are confident with the use of black ink along with their Chinese brushes, they can start out use colour (Chinese watercolour). Students will also learn how to use oriental materials and tools properly following useful exercises, exploring the line to learn simplicity as a form of beauty. There will be an emphasis on subjects such as: Flower, trees, Animals, landscape.
This is an ideal course for people interested in learning a new approach to art using oriental materials to create beautiful brushwork with ink and wash. You will receive a solid introduction to the subject with plenty of opportunity for practice and guidance from ou

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We take you behind the scenes of a destination to reveal it's hidden gems and appreciate the Chinese culture. The owner of Shanghai Pathway – a Shanghai based tour agency that offers Unique Day Trips, Walking Tours and Chinese Culture Experiences. Janny Chyn has been featured in media outlets including the Courier, CNNgo, Tripadvisor and TimeOut. Living in Shanghai, she realized how difficult it was for visitors to experience and discover the real Shanghai. This ultimately compelled her to establish her tour company as a platform to engage learning and understanding through culture activities such as day trip, walking tour, cooking classes, food tours, and lectures. In addition to designing and hosting various tours and events, Janny also provided travel planning, logistical support, and full-service concierge services to large client groups and corporate clients. She is a business consultant, artist, tea master and student of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has extensively traveled around the world and spends time researching Chinese history and heritage traditions. Janny has also successfully worked with corporate clients: Google, JP Morgan, The Macmillan Group, Henkel, World Fuel Services, Rabobank, Shanghai Centre, Spirax Sarco, Slow Food, The Travel Yogi, Saint Mary's College of California, Ctrip, Malosa Medical, Ranpak, Concordia International School, SEA, AWCS, etc. Full profile Leave a Review


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