Chinese Painting Course

Course Description

Traditional Chinese painting, also known as ink wash painting (as opposed to the highly detailed fine brush technique), is created using a brush dipped in ink and water, compounds, and painted on rice paper (Xuan paper).

Practicing Chinese brush painting helps one quiet the mind and expand creative self-expression and discipline. This course is designed to make students familiar with Chinese painting and allow them to practice drawing and colouring. Students will learn how to handle the Chinese painting brush with ink and colour, execute brush strokes correctly and artistically, and control the ink flow and load the brush correctly with five shades of inks. Students will also be introduced to famous painters and their works, and will have the opportunity to learn some Chinese terminology during each session. This course includes an overview of traditional Chinese painting styles and a practical introduction to Chinese painting implements. Students will spend their class time doing basic painting exercises linked to the four seasons of the year.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction on the development and significance of Chinese brush painting.
  • Introducing the method of painting flowers
  • Introducing ‘Six Laws’ and the ‘Four Gentlemen’ - Plum, Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum

Course Details

Registrations for this course will open shortly.

Location & Map

Education Building (A35):


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Course Information

Pre-requisites: This course is for anyone who is interested in Chinese painting. Students who are not familiar with Chinese character writing are recommended to take the basic calligraphy course for preparation.

Materials: Chinese painting uses several tools. The Main Tools are brush, ink, rice paper and water; the Support Tools are paint tray, brush washer, painting felt, paperweight, seal, inkpad and so on. Students can buy materials at recommended suppliers following consultation with the teacher.

Certificate: Evaluation is provided at the end of course. Certificates are awarded to those students who have satisfactorily completed at least 75% of the course and achieved the course requirements.

Further Information:

  • We aim to have a maximum number of 15 students in all our classes. If we exceed 15 students, we will try to split classes (depending on availability of teachers and facilities).
  • All classes need a minimum number of students to go ahead. If your chosen course does not have sufficient enrolment, it may be postponed to next term or cancelled. Should this happen, we will inform you as soon as possible.
  • For legal reasons, we reserve the right to vary courses due to unforeseen circumstances.

If you have any queries about this outline or any aspect of the Traditional Chinese Painting Class, please do not hesitate to contact us on 02 9036 7512 or email