Chinese brush painting – Shanghai – Pearl of the Orient with Julia Martin

Painting - Water Based

Ref: S4D11860

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About this course

Learn the fascinating techniques of Chinese brush painting while painting scenes that showcase the enchantment of Shanghai.

Course Description

The pearl of the Orient; city of Shanghai, is the theme for this Chinese brush painting course. The essential elements for beginners will be covered and you will learn through demonstrations and individual support throughout the course. Photographs and books will be available to inspire you and step-by-step notes on each subject will be available for you to take home.

The subjects covered will be:

Shanghai (Pudong) night scene – with the shining lights of the famous skyscrapers

Shanghai city flower – the white peony

A traditional tea house

The famous market - flowers, fish, turtles and birds

Waibaidu Bridge and night herons

Barges – the life blood of the port of Shanghai

By the end of the course, you will have practiced all of the above and have a gained a generous selection of techniques and knowledge regarding Chinese brush painting.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The tutor will supply most of the materials for loan during the course.

What students need to bring

  • Students are welcome to bring along any of their own Chinese brush painting equipment.
  • White plate or palette, kitchen paper
  • 2 water jars – jam jars are fine

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of general drawing and painting materials
  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will have a large selection of Chinese brush painting equipment and books for sale, but there is no expectation for you to make purchases.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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