Painting - Water Based

Introduction to Chinese brush painting with Julia Martin

Ref: S1D08882


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About this course

Learn the fascinating techniques of Chinese brush painting as you discover myths and legends of peony flowers and the phoenix bird.

Course Description

On this workshop you will paint two subjects, peony flower and phoenix, while exploring their unique symbolism relevant to Chinese myths and legends. You will explore a range of expressive brushstroke techniques that will enable you to complete a traditional style Chinese brush painting.

The tutor will introduce you to and demonstrate the 'Four Treasures' of Chinese brush painting, including ink, ink stone, paper (xuan) and the brush. You will learn about using a Chinese brush, and loading colours to achieve two or three shades in each brush stroke. By applying a variety of expressive brushstroke techniques a traditional style Chinese brush painting composition can be achieved. The brushstrokes you learn will enable you to capture the 'spirit' of the peony and phoenix. Both the peony and phoenix will be demonstrated brush stroke by stroke, then you will have time to practice the strokes and begin to form your own painting. The tutor will provide individually tailored support throughout the course, and you will have demonstration paintings to refer to. Detailed illustrated lesson notes will be provided to help you continue to practice and learn after the course.

On completing the course you will be conversant with basic brushstrokes, have knowledge of Chinese brush painting and completed a traditional Chinese painting.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The cost of providing materials shared amongst the group.

Available to buy

  • The tutor will have a large selection of Chinese Brush Painting equipment and books for sale, which can be purchased by students who want them during the course.


Julia Martin

Julia Martin is a Chinese brush painting artist, enthusiast and tutor. Solely dedicated for over twelve years to this ancient artform, her understanding and artistic development is continuious via month long visits to China each year.

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