Chinese brush painting workshop and exhibition at East Asia Library

May 18, 2018
Joshua Capitanio
Chinese brush painting

From May 19 through May 31, the East Asia Library will host a pop-up exhibition featuring works of traditional Chinese brush painting produced by students in the Continuing Studies course ART221: The Art of Chinese Brush Painting, taught by Dr. Felix Chan Lim and Dr. Bobbi Makani-Lim.  Dr. Lim and Dr. Makani-Lim will also host a workshop on Chinese brush painting at the East Asia Library on May 31.

Continuously evolving for a period of more than 6,000 years, Chinese Brush Painting is considered as one of the oldest living arts in the world. Chinese brush painting is simple in spirit, concept and execution. This ancient art reflects harmony, serenity and tranquility, yet its execution could be exceedingly contemporary. ART221 introduces students to the basic elements, philosophy, concepts and fundamental techniques of the Four Gentlemen of Chinese painting. The Four Gentlemen in Chinese art refer to the four major themes of bamboo, orchid, plum and chrysanthemum. These themes have been used in Chinese painting since the Song Dynasty (960-1279) because of their symbolism and significance in Chinese literature. The Four Gentlemen also represent the four different seasons (the orchid for spring, the bamboo for summer, the chrysanthemum for autumn, and the plum blossom for winter) of the year.

Throughout the course, students learned different techniques and develop skills in using the Chinese brush to paint the Four Gentlemen. This class art exhibit is a showcase of the techniques students learned in the course. The exhibition will be located on the 2nd floor of the East Asia Library on the walls near the current periodicals section.  

In addition, the instructors will offer a demonstration and workshop on the basic techniques of Chinese brush painting.  One of the most interesting facts about the art is that each stroke is a defining move that is nearly impossible to correct. Sketches are seldom prepared and no models are used. Artists must be in the right frame of mind and get the strokes on the painting “right” from the first to the final stroke.  Join us for a demonstration and workshop on this ancient art from 1:00 - 3:00 PM in the East Asia Library, room 224.

Featured student artists
Adele Chi
Mi Jiang
Tomoe Kalnay
Liang Li
Linda Papanicolaou
Pamela Pasti
Dee Piazzale
Susan Poletti
Karen Ueberwasser
Cynthia Werry
Hazel Wong
Ran Xin
Luwei Zhang
Ruiqi Zhou

Image courtesy of Felix Chan Lim and Bobbi Makani-Lim





Joshua Capitanio

Joshua Capitanio

Public Services Librarian, East Asia Library
Bibliographer, East and Southeast Asia (Western languages)
Subject Specialist, Religious Studies