Chinese Brush Painting @ Saratoga Library

The round brush used for Chinese calligraphy and painting was invented even before paper during the first century B.C.E. According to the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art, “The unique versatility of the Chinese brush lies in its tapered tip, which is composed of a careful grouping of chosen animal hairs. Through this resilient tip flow the ever-changing linear qualities of the twin arts of the brush: calligraphy and painting.”

For a hands on lesson about this ancient art, join Woanyu Yu, Friends of the Saratoga Libraries Programs Chair, on February 1st, 2019 at Saratoga Library. You will learn basic Chinese brush painting techniques and paint bamboo, pandas and more! All materials will be provided. Just come and enjoy!

Advance registration is required by signing up through the library’s online
calendar: http://sccl.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?eventid=107668

Friday February 1, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Saratoga Library Community Room
13650 Saratoga Ave. Saratoga CA 95070
 
This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries.
For an in-depth exploration of Chinese Brush Painting, check out these books:
 

Chinese Brush Painting, BookA Beginner's Step-by-step Guide by Ruo Mei


Learn first about the tools and materials, then painting techniques. Early pages explore the very basic painting methods and subjects, but continue to build skills for painting plants and animals of increasing complexity.

The Art of Chinese Brush Painting
by Lucy Wang
 

 
The Simple Art of Chinese Brush Painting: Create your Own Oriental Flowers, Plants, and Birds for Joy and Harmony
by Lei Lei Qu

 
Chinese Brush Painting
An Introduction
Jane Evans introduces the art of Chinese brush painting. The lesson begins with information about necessary materials, followed by flower painting demonstrations including a plum blossom, bamboo, an orchid, a chrysanthemum, and a peony. After explaining how to apply a final wash to a painting, Evans continues the lesson with more ambitious subjects including a small bird, a duck, a fish, a panda, some rocks, and a landscape.


 
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