Painting - Water Based

Introduction to Chinese brush painting with Julia Martin

Ref: S1D10648


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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

Paint the Chinese Moon Goddess who lives in the moon with the Jade Rabbit. The Jade Rabbit mixes the elixir of immortality. While exploring the unique symbolism relevant to Chinese myths and legends, you will learn to paint 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 Treasurers' of Chinese brush painting, including ink, ink stone, paper (Xuan) and the brushes. Through demonstration and practice you will learn how to use the Chinese brush, loading colours to achieve up to three shades in one brushstroke. Along with the foundation brushstrokes a number of techniques will be shown, practiced and applied to achieve traditional Chinese painting compositions.

The tutor will provide individually tailored support throughout the course, and you will have access to demonstration paintings, photographs and reference books. Detailed notes will also be provided for you to take home to continue your practice.


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.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring your own paper, brushes and paints should you have any.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Cartridge paper, Chinese papers, brushes, Chinese brushes, inks and watercolour paints and other general art materials.
  • Available from tutor:
  • 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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