Chinese Brush Painting: Landscapes (Online)

This online 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. We will focus on landscape as a subject matter for this term.

Special Notes

This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Thursday, August 26.

What you will learn:

  • Exploring the medium of brush, ink, and 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 artform

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 email

    OR you can purchase:

  • Four 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

  • A piece of felt about 20×30 inches

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