Course description

A new course, lead by one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, is now open for enrolment.

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

This eight-week course offers insights into the essence of Chinese art and aesthetics. Classes will explore the historical development of Chinese painting, calligraphy, and papercutting, while learning some of the basic skills associated with each artform.

Course outline

The course has been designed to teach you some fundamental concepts and skills in Chinese art, allowing you to develop your own forms of artistic expression.

The course begins by examining the basics of Chinese calligraphy. You’ll learn the fascinating system of Chinese radicals, which form the basis of all Chinese characters. By learning and practicing writing, you’ll gain an appreciation of the achievements of China’s master calligraphers.

You will also learn about the aesthetics of Chinese painting with its rich repertoire of form and style, paying particular attention to the uses of water and ink, that is, the tradition of combining both realism and abstraction.

The philosophy and techniques of papercutting will be taught in the final phase of the course. These include folding and cutting methods as well as learning about traditional Chinese symbolism. You will have the opportunity to work with 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 understanding the essence of Chinese art and acquiring basic techniques for you to employ while creating your own artworks – creating a wonderfully satisfying and joyful experience.

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

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

Course information

Start Date: Tues 16 Oct 2018 (8 weeks)
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Venue: The University of Sydney Camperdown Campus
Tuition Fee:
- $300
- $270 University staff and students and returning art students
Materials fee: $15 (payable to teacher)
Registration: Register here

View a selection of 2017 student work

An exciting exploration of calligraphy, landscape painting and papercutting from over 20 students reflecting each individual’s artistic expression of Chinese art and culture.