Chinese brush painting – all the tea in China with Julia Martin

Painting - Water Based

Ref: S4D12196

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About this course

Tea has been a major influence in Chinese culture since it was discovered in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). Learn the techniques of Chinese brush painting while exploring subjects relating to tea: tea rose, teapots, tea houses and more.

Course Description

Tea is a major influence in Chinese culture and has been since it was discovered in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907).

Through demonstration and individual support 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.

Photographs and books are available to inspire you, together with step-by-step notes on each subject to take away with you. A variety of subjects relating to tea will be explored such as the tea rose, teapots, tea houses etc.

On completion of the course you will have learnt basic brush strokes, techniques and completed a number of traditional Chinese paintings.


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


  • On this course 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.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


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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