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Learn Chinese brush painting with our painting courses in Sydney!

Join this hands-on workshop to learn the brush strokes and techniques used in traditional Chinese brush painting, combining ink with watercolours.

Exploring the style, composition and motifs of traditional Chinese painting, you’ll create your own scroll artwork to take home. As well as brush painting skills, you’ll learn about compositions, symbolism and calligraphic elements as you discover the relaxing and reflective nature of this traditional art form.

Each workshop will reflect the season, with subjects relating to either birds, flowers or landscapes.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, beginners will:

  • have learned some general history of Chinese brush painting
  • have learned why landscape and motifs are so important in Chinese painting
  • understand the characteristics of Chinese paintbrushes and when to use them
  • have learned new painting & drawing skills and techniques
  • understand the structure of a composition and how to evaluate structure in your own work

More experienced students will also:

  • be able to demonstrate yin/yang balance in your own paintings
  • have further developed your drawing and painting skills using different materials
  • be able to evaluate your work and the work of masters.

What will be covered in this course?

  • The meaning behind the “four treasures” of Chinese brush painting
  • Structure and composition of a Chinese painting
  • Different Chinese paintbrushes and when to use them
  • Traditional Chinese calligraphic strokes
  • Applying a variety of lines on Sumi paper
  • Mixing tonal graduations

Who is this course for?

This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as students with more experience who want to extend, practice and gain new skills. New students will learn the basics to set a solid foundation. Experienced students will develop their techniques by combining traditional and more contemporary elements into their compositions.

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

Rozelle Campus, corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd, Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church). If driving, no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian access is opposite Prince Street. 

What to bring to class

  • A sketchbook and pen
  • Closed-in shoes
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting paint on (or an apron)
  • Long hair must be tied back

Brushes will be provided, but if you wish to use your own, bring 1 × 12-15" line brush (brown hair), 1 x colour brush (white hair) and 1 x smaller line brush (brown) and a square Hake brush (white hair).

Ink, paints and rice paper provided.


Chinese Brush Painting Workshop

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$149 Limited inc GST / $112 / $119.20 / $134.10
Most materials provided - bring a sketchbook & pen

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  • said: We had a wonderful session with Bronwen. The perfect balance of history/culture with technique and time to explore Chinese Brush Painting. I left feeling energised and inspired.

  • said: Learning from Bronwyn, an expert in Chinese brush painting was excellent.

  • said: 5 stars!

  • said: Learning a different art was fun and interesting and the tutor was very knowledgeable about the culture and the art.

  • said: Loved it!