Chinese Painting Course

Course Description

Traditional Chinese painting is also known as ink wash painting, as opposed to the highly detailed fine brush technique. It is created using a brush dipped in ink and water, compounds, and painted on rice paper (Xuan paper). Practising Chinese brush painting offers the opportunity to help 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, 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 undertake basic painting exercises linked to the four seasons of the year.

Our teacher Franz Cheung has been practising Chinese painting and calligraphy for many years, and since 2007 has had four solo exhibitions in Sydney and numerous group exhibitions both in Australia and overseas. Franz is currently the president of the Australian Oriental Calligraphy Society. His calligraphy appears in an Australian landscape photo album, Tranquil Waters, which he co-authored with Ian Carlson and published in 2005. He was also featured in a short film entitled 4 Immeasurable produced by film-maker Keith Johnson in 2009.

Franz is also a lecturer in Chinese art history at Macquarie University and regularly conducts workshops for the Art Gallery of NSW.

Topics covered include:

  • General introduction to the course, four treasures of studio, calligraphy exercises
  • Classical Chinese painting and symbolism, orchid painting history
  • Main features of orchid leaves, three steps of leaf painting
  • Leaf combination and ink darkness
  • Flower petal, stem and stamen
  • Whole orchid flower painting
  • Seal and inscriptions on a finished work, scroll-making styles
  • Practice, revision and a small piece of finished painting

Course Details

Dates: Tuesday 14 October (for 8 consecutive weeks)
Timing: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Location: Education Graphics Room 625/626, Camperdown Campus
Tuition fee: $260

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Course Information

Pre-requisites: This course is for anyone who is interested in Chinese painting.

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 70% 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 9114 0760. or email