The basis for this course is the ancient’ rural village of Xidi, Anhui Province of central China. Over 1,000 years old, this village has UNESCO World Heritage Site status. It is like being transported back in time amongst traditional Horsehead gabled Ming and Qing houses where rural life continues today as it always has. After covering the ‘essentials’ for those new to this art form, Julia will demonstrate the painting subjects and provide individually tailored support throughout the course. Subjects include: Village Landscape - we will paint village houses against a backdrop of beautiful hills and trees; Temples and Floral Offerings - every village has a temple or two, with strong pillars. Bright floral offerings are found on the alters, so we can paint both outside and inside; Fields and Streams (with ducks and dogs) - we will paint fields of vegetables with villagers at work, always accompanied by a dog; Everyday Life - we will paint some subjects from everyday village life, vegetables drying and washing lines (they are everywhere!).
Julia will bring along photos and books for your inspiration and also provide detailed, step by step, illustrated lesson notes for you to take home so you can continue your practice. She will also provide loan equipment for the duration of the course.
Chinese Brush Painting - China's Rural Life
Led by: Julia Martin
Julia Martin is a Chinese Brush Painting Artist, working from her studio, ‘Brushstroke Poems’. Having been solely dedicated to this art form for over 13 years, she has studied with both Chinese Masters and the most renowned CBP artists in the UK. Julia spends a month in China each year expanding her understanding of Chinese Art and enhancing her artistic development. She loves the symbolism of the subjects and strives to create more than a representation of an object, but ‘capture its spirit’.