Traditional Chinese brush painting uses many of the same techniques as Chinese calligraphy. It is done by applying a brush dipped in black ink or special Chinese coloured paint (similar to those used in Western watercolours) on Xuan paper (more commonly known as rice paper). Xuan paper comes in varying degrees of absorbency, and subtleties in paintings are created by controlling the amount of ink or pigment that is applied to a particular type of Xuan paper. Our Chinese painting classes are held every Tuesday and Friday evening. Each class typically begins with a demonstration of a particular technique of traditional subject matter(such as swallows, bamboo, wild orchids, plum blossoms, pandas, horses, peonies, etc.). Our students will then produce at least one developed painting of that subject by the end of that class. If you are a newcomer, during your first class our teacher will provide an introduction covering everything you will need to get started. This will include an explanation of the different materials and a demonstration of how you should hold the brush and how to produce the different basic strokes. A course of at least four to six classes is recommended for beginners before they start self-practicing. For our regular and more advanced students, we encourage them to provide us with feedback so that we can structure future classes to improve both their skills and their understanding of the concepts and philosophies behind Chinese painting. Several of our students have begun learning Chinese calligraphy and seal carving in addition to their painting practice.
If you are an individual striving for detailed likenesses, accuracy in lines and colours, and realistic depiction, our Meticulous Chinese Painting class is ideal for you. These classes are for anyone interested in learning this technique, even if you do not have any prior knowledge in Chinese painting or culture. With our Chinese painting masters, who hold various qualifications from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Taipei Municipal University of Education, and China Academy of Art, our course promises a thorough understanding in both the background and technique of this unique way of Chinese painting. Step by step, our students will be able to master their brushstroke, ink laying, outlining, composition, calligraphy, and even seal making for this highly descriptive Chinese Art.
On the contrary to meticulous painting, if you enjoy a more free style or impressionistic way of expressing yourself, our Ink wash painting (Literati painting) may be for you. With our Chinese painting masters from different parts of Asia, and who have studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Taipei Municipal University of Education in Taiwan, and China Academy of Art, students will be given guidance on how to convey and capture the liveliness, fragrance, and spirit of any object or surrounding space with simple yet skilled brush movement and ink flow. Our masters will display the magic of Chinese ink through its tonality, as well as holding appreciation sessions and discussions on the beauty of this unique, freehand, watercolour tradition originating in East Asia.
Our Chinese painting class is ideally for those who would like to learn traditional and contemporary Chinese painting techniques. The classes are informal and are suitable for students at all levels (including professional artists who would like to try a new technique). Consistent with the philosophies behind Chinese paintings, our aim is to make the classes fun and sociable so that you can unwind after your busy week.
Our tutors have many years of teaching experience. They graduated from world leading art colleges such as the China Academy of Art in China, Tsinghua University in China, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in China and Taipei Municipal University of Education in Taiwan. They exhibit their work in the UK as well as internationally, and have appeared in various publications and programs, including those of the BBC. These qualities guarantee the high success rate our students achieve in entering the programmes of their choice.
Prepaid Packages of Art Lessons
We have different packages (link here)that contain different amounts of art lessons with different expiry dates. Once you purchase a package, you have to create an online account where we can top up your art lessons.
1. Buy pre-paid package of art lessons online (link here).
2. Create a personal online account(link here). Prepaid art lessons will be transferred here, please allow a maximum of 24hr for them to be transferred).
3. Use your online account (link here) to book the lessons you want to attend from the timetable.
Alternatively, you can email us or call us on 02086165990 to book your art lesson
|Mon||Art Class for Beginner/Intermediate (Drawing): 3:30pm – 5:30pm||Art Class for Beginner/Intermediate (Drawing): 6:30pm – 8:30pm|
|Tues||Art Class for Beginner/Intermediate (Painting): 3:30pm – 5:30pm||Art Class for Beginner /Intermediate (Drawing): 6:30pm – 8:30pm Chinese Calligraphy & Painting (Gongbi) Class: 6:30pm – 8:30pm|
|Wed||Art Class for Beginner/Intermediate (Painting): 6:30pm – 8:30pm|
|Thu||Art Class for Beginner /Intermediate (Drawing): 6:30pm – 8:30pm|
|Fri||Art Class for Beginner /Intermediate (Drawing)Chinese Painting: 6:30pm – 8:30pm|
|Sat||Art Class for Beginner//Intermediate (Drawing): 10:00am – 12:00pm||Art Class for Beginner /Intermediate (Painting): 1:00pm – 3:00pm Life Drawing/Painting Class: 3:30pm – 5:30pm|
|Sun||Art Class for Beginner/Intermediate (Drawing) : 10:00am -12:00pm||Art Class for Beginner/Intermediate (Painting) : 1:00pm – 3:00pm Art Class for Beginner (Painting) : 3:30pm – 5:30pm|
Chinese Art Materials & Art Supplies
Please note that the classes do not include materials. We have different Chinese painting & calligraphy materials available for sale at our studio. After purchasing a package, our tutors will go through the use and application of all materials included. Our art supplies come at a competitive price - To avoid buying the wrong supplies, we encourage students to purchase the materials directly from us. For more information you can see what materials are for sale on our website under ‘Art store – materials’.
We always limit each of our classes to less than 10 students, this allows our teachers to work closely with each student and provide guidance individually. Each student will be focusing on subjects that are suitable for their skill level and interest.
Personal Tailored Art Course
Our classes are tailored to suit your artistic needs. During your first class, our tutors will identify your learning goals and provide you with a personalised study plan, in which your progress will be recorded after each lesson. The study plan will make sure each of our tutors is up to date on your progress.
When more than one session is purchased, they can be shared with family and friends.
Artistic Studio in a Central London Location
Our art centre is in the heart of central London, only 1 minutes’ walk from Chancery Lane Tube Station (the red Central line). We create a relaxing environment for our students with relaxing music, excellent light in the studio filled with sculptures and paintings but most importantly, with other students and the teachers who will help you to find your own inspiration. This enviroment allows ideas and creativity to flow freely and for students to express themselves.
Classes can be booked online at any time before your credits expire. After purchasing a package, you will be able to use your prepaid credits to attend any of our regular classes. This can be done via your online account, where you will find a timetable of upcoming classes.