Course Description

IN PERSON: Chinese brush painting attempts to capture the essence or spirit of a subject. In this hands-on art course, students will learn how to paint flowers and birds, such as the peony (China's national flower) or seasonal flowers and birds, which are popular brush painting subjects. Each person will complete a beautiful painting within one or two classes while practicing basic brush painting techniques. The instructor will provide a step-by-step demonstration of brush painting. Then students will practice painting with the instructor’s help. While practicing, students will learn how to use ink, how to control the brush and how to paint various brush strokes, and will complete a nice brush painting. This course is for both experienced and beginning students. | Active Skill Learning.

Max enrollment: 12.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705


1933 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705
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Section Title
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers and Birds
Classroom - In Person
11:00AM to 12:30PM
Sep 12, 2023 to Nov 14, 2023
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Classroom - In Person  
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Please note: Students will need to purchase materials independently and/or from the instructor for a total estimated cost of $45. For additional information on supplies, please see the course details at learnmore.duke.edu/olli.

Required supplies/fee: Supply list and the price (only one time purchase that will last a long time): 1. One pad of newsprint ($5) and a roll of rice paper (you don’t need rice paper right away) 2. One small bottle of liquid black ink for brush painting ($5-$18) 3. A set of Chinese brush painting color or water color (you don’t need it right away) 4. One plastic container to hold water and one small dish to hold ink 5. Both medium- and small-sized Chinese brush painting brushes (a whole set of brushes for $35) The instructor has good quality brushes and rice paper from China that students may purchase, if desired. Refunds are at the discretion of the instructor. Rice paper (student grade is fine) and Sumi or oriental ink are available at Oriental Art Supply or Amazon. Newsprint is available at Michael's or at Dollar Stores.

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