Chinese Brush Painting on Flowers and Birds

This class is designed for those who are interested in the medium, technique, and philosophy of the classical art form of Chinese brush painting and calligraphy. You will learn the basic brushwork, familiarize yourself with the texture of Xuan paper, learn about ink, and color application, as well as fundamental composition.

What you will learn in this class:

  • Exploring the medium of brush, ink, Xuan paper, as well as colors

  • Experiencing the fundamental brushwork and techniques

  • Acquiring the four forms of Art in Chinese painting

  • Introducing you to the Chinese lyric, and philosophy relating to the art form

  • Painting popular flowers and birds in different styles

Required supplies:

  • For your convenience, a starting set including Xuan paper, ink, and three Chinese Painting brushes are available to purchase for $48 through Josephine’s Studio. Contact her at Josephine’s Dancing Brush Studio: (610)-566-6874 , or e-mail

  • 4 basic brushes: S: Best Detail, M: Orchid Bamboo, Fine soft; L: Large Flow

  • Xuan paper: non-absorbed (4), absorbed raw (4), double Shuan (4), Sumi paper for practice

  • Pigments: watercolor tubes or Chinese chip colors (Deep Yellow, Indigo, Red, Dark Red, Burnt Sienna, Vermillion…), Martin’s Bleed-Proof White

  • Ink stick and ink stone or liquid ink

  • Palettes or white dishes, water container or jar

  • Felt, about 3 x 2 inches

  • If you have watercolor related art supplies, please bring them to the class