Chinese Painting Class in Central London
Sunny Art Centre is one of London’s leading art institutions, located in central London. Our staff have been specialised in teaching art and organizing art events for over ten years. Our vast experience includes working on behalf of leading corporations such as Selfridges & Co, Harrods, Giorgio Armani, Freshfields, HSBC Bank, Royal Academy of Art, PricewaterhouseCoopers( P W C), ITV, SKY TV, BBC Worldwide, Victoria& Rolf, amongst many others.
About Traditional Chinese Painting
Traditional Chinese brush painting uses the same techniques as Chinese calligraphy. It is done applying a brush dipped in black ink or special Chinese coloured pigmentation paint (similar, but not the same, as those used in Western watercolours) on special Xuan paper (more commonly known as rice paper in the West). Different Xuan paper has different degree of absorbency so a painting is created by controlling the amount of ink or pigment that is applied on to a particular type of Xuan paper.
About Chinese Painting Class
Our Chinese painting class typically begins with a demonstration of a particular technique and subject matter (such as swallows, bamboo, wild orchids, plum blossoms, pandas, horses, and peonies). Our students will then produce at least one painting of that subject by the end of that class.
If you are a newcomer, during your first class our teacher will explain and demonstrate all the basics that you will need to get started. This will include an explanation of the different materials and a demonstration of how you should hold the brush and how to produce the different basic strokes. You will be given the opportunity to practice before producing your first painting. A course of at least four to six classes is recommended for beginners before they start self-practicing.
For our regular and more advanced students, we encourage them to provide us with feedback so that we can structure future classes to improve both their skills and understanding of the culture and philosophies behind Chinese paintings. For example, a few of our students have started learning Chinese calligraphy and seal carving.
Other classes and workshops
Throughout the year, we have special classes with themes that are dedicated to celebrate special days in the Chinese calendar. In 2013, to celebrate Chinese New Year, our students produced hand painted red fortune envelopes and, for the Mid-Autumn Festival, they painted lanterns.
Please note that the classes do not include materials, except for paper for pencil drawings.
We have different materials including drawing and painting packs for sale at our studio. The drawing and painting packs are recommended by our professional art teachers, and when you purchase the materials at our studio our art tutors will also go through the materials with you prior to purchasing.
Our art materials come at a very competitive price. We recommended you to purchase the materials at our studio as when you purchase art supplies on you own you might take the risk of buying the wrong materials.
For more information you can see what materials are for sale on our website under ‘Art store – materials’.
Please be aware that the prices do not include VAT.
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