Hello and welcome to our bamboo & sparrow painting course!
About the Course
Overview & ObjectiveThis course is designed for anyone who would like to learn about oriental brush painting. Even though it is part of the Oriental Freehand Brush Art (Chinese painting or Japanese Sumie painting) style, the actual course can be applicable to Gongbi painting as well to a certain extent. This course covers one of the Four Gentleman Plants, the bamboo painting. These plants, plum blossoms, orchid, bamboo, and chrysanthemum flowers are symbolic cultural icons of the eastern world, and the bamboo especially holds a special place in people’s heart. In the ancient paintings bamboo is even listed as one complete painting subject, demonstrating how essential they are.
Course StructureIn our course we will also discuss the cultural relevance of the bamboo, and in addition we will cover the painting of sparrows, a rather useful small bird, to accompany the bamboo in a complete composition. There will be a brief theoretical breakdown of both sparrow and bamboo in painting and then we will dive right into the world of brush painting. By the end of this course, you will have two complete paintings that involve these two very important subjects.
- This course requires rice paper (raw or half-raw)
- 2-3 painting brushes
- Chinese painting color (use what you have first is fine)
- Other supplies (felt, water container, white plates)
- Painting Theory
- Single Sparrow
- Composition 1
- Stem & Branches
- Composition 2