Chinese Calligraphy and Painting with Dr Tianli Zu

Chinese Painting

Course description

An Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Art is the latest of the Institute’s practical courses, exploring the most celebrated aspects of Chinese culture.

In this eight-week course you will take a journey through the history of Chinese art forms and learn the fundamental skills associated with Chinese painting, calligraphy and paper cutting.

We are especially proud that Dr. Tanli Zu, one of Australia’s celebrated multi-media artists will lead this program. Tianli, a recent Archibald Prize finalist, practices in a variety of media. As well as one of Australia’s leading artists, Tianli is also a researcher and regular presenter at forums and cultural events. Her work is represented in major Australian collections and has also been widely seen as a result of major public commissions.

Course outline

The course has been carefully designed to teach you the foundation skills of Chinese artistic practice and then build on those skills every week, allowing you to discover your own artistic voice as well as those of the great Chinese masters.

The first three weeks cover the basics of Chinese calligraphy. You’ll learn the fascinating system of Chinese radicals, which form the basis of all Chinese characters. Starting to master the radicals will give you an appreciation of the works of Yan Zhenqing, whose unparalleled calligraphic achievements will be a source of inspiration.

The following three weeks will see you rise to the challenges of Chinese landscape painting, paying particular attention to traditional representations of landscape features. The philosophy and techniques of paper cutting, including folding and cutting methods and traditional symbolism are explored in the final phase of the course. You will have the opportunity to use the templates of the Shaanxi masters.

This course is a rare opportunity to work with one of the nation’s most multi-talented and inspiring artists. The focus is on acquiring basic techniques developing your own artistic voice through them – a wonderfully satisfying and joyful experience.

Enrolments are open now, and class sizes will be kept to a small size – so register now!

Everyone’s welcome and no previous art-making experience is necessary.

Course information

Start Date: 7 March 2017, 8 consecutive weeks
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Venue: Graphics Room 625/626 Education Building, The University of Sydney Camperdown Campus
Fee: $300 Registration: Click here