Courses

Would you love to learn how to use Chinese brushes and inks to create your own paintings or calligraphy? This absorbing, mindful practice requires no previous knowledge of Chinese language or background in art.

I teach both English and Chinese speakers, online as well as face-to-face in Brighton.

These ancient skills are my heritage, and I am passionate about sharing them. I’ve been teaching for nearly a decade, focusing initially on the Mandarin language.

My Chinese painting and calligraphy courses are particularly popular with people who combine a love of art with an interest in language, history or philosophy.  

Current Course ✨:

Zoom workshop: 

1. Discover Chinese painting in autumn and winter themes: 

Although it is weekly courses, each one is individual as we have one theme each week. And we will complete a small painting per week. So you can join from any weeks. 

Suitable for beginners and intermediates 

A 8 weeks course, but you will learn a life time skill.

Please view details.

2. Discover Chinese Ancient Calligraphy Script Lishu 隸書曹全碑

A 9 weeks course, but you will learn a life time skill.

Jing will guide you from basic strokes, then to form a character. This is a small group with maximum 6 people so Jing can give you feedback during the workshop sessions as well as after checked your homework writing. 

This type of script itself is an art. Two characters can be a piece of artwork. 

At end of the course, you will be able to create your own artwork with phrases from poems you like.

Suitable for beginners and intermediates 

Please view details.

Chinese calligraphy and painting materials resource:-

I normally get my Chinese painting and calligraphy tools and materials from China. 

But when I need it urgently, I get it from Guanghua(their online store is called Cyress bookstore). Of course you can get it from amazon, but I won’t be able to recommend which one on amazon as you have to be lucky. 

I have used the materials from Guanghua so I can recommend those to you. 

1. Chinese Brush Painting Materials:

1) Paper

  1. Treated: XP084 Rice Paper (treated) 50 sheets pack (熟宣纸) 
  2. Semi-treated:XP083 Rice Paper (semi treated] 68 cm x 35 cm 50 Sheets approx.(半生半熟宣纸)   - £9.95

2) Chinese painting colours:

Chinese Calligraphy Materials:

Paper:

  • XP-393 Cicada Wing Grass Paper - 蝉翼毛边纸 78*48 cm 70 张   £11.95

This one is not listed in their website. At least I didn't it there. You would need to contact Vivian and send her an email. 

The price list above is based on the day I created this list. 

I always use email to contact Vivian. You might be able to get a 10% off discount if you tell her you are my student. 

or from Louisa's store at The Oriental Art in Brighton. You can contact her if you want to visit her store in Kemptown Brighton.  

Contact:

info@guanghwa.com

Vivian Ni

Guanghwa Bookshop

Chinese Bookshop Est. 1971

112 Shaftesbury Avenue

London W1D 5EJ

The United Kingdom

Tel: 0207 437 3737

www.guanghwa.com 

 

Past Course:

The Simple Art of Chinese Calligraphy With Jing 

For both Chinese and English speakers

A 8 weeks course, but you will learn a life time skill.

In this 8 week course, Jing will lead you step by step from writing Chinese characters through traditional techniques to creating calligraphy artwork, creating your own project and making your own seal.    

The course will cover:- 

  1. Basic Strokes & open structure characters—week1 & 2
  2. Creating enclosure characters & meaningful phrases from Tang poems—week4
  3. The arty projects—week5 & 6
  4. Making a seal —week7
  5. Final artworks —week8

*Suitable for complete beginner to intermediate level.

How: Zoom workshop lessons with supporting 

Date and time:

10:30 -11:30am , each Tues. in 1st March - 19th April. 2022

Replay: Lesson replay is available. 

*Free access to pre-recorded short video:

  • Brief Introduction of Chinese Calligraphy, knowing your materials 
  • How to apply the skills of calligraphy strokes to paint a branch of bamboo  

*Early bird offer: (Book by 27th Feb. ) 

Book now here

Current Chinese calligraphy course:

Intermediate + Advanced level:

Wednesday 12:20pm -13:50pm 

12th Jan. - 30th March 2022

Regular script, Zhiyong's The Thousand Character Classic

Suitable for people who has some basic calligraphy skills 

千字文 楷书精进第二期

本期临写后半部

适合有一定书法基础的加入

* Suitable for who have already been practicing brush calligraphy for at least one year or previous have had some experiences. 

 

Coming courses soon ✨:

Chinese Brush Painting course for both Chinese and English speakers:

After a successful workshop on 27th Jan., I am now planning to run a monthly membership course. The monthly membership will cover:

  • a new and exciting Chinese brush painting project every month
  • a beautifully presented video to get you started with every project
  • monthly group Zoom calls where we have fun chatting through our work
  • a FREE, personalised, one-to-one Zoom session with me
  • a friendly Facebook group where you can watch live demos, share your work and talk all things about Chinese art, brush, ink, Xuan rice paper,  Chinese seal stamps, Chinese music 
  • Occasional bonus face to face lunch workshop event in Brighton

Plus the joyous feeling of connecting with people and with ancient beautiful art

 

Past courses: 

Special one off Chinese brush painting and calligraphy workshop with lunch:

Come join us to celebrate Chinese New year, the year of the tiger

Chinese Painting & Calligraphy Workshop with special Chinese food for lunch

Time : 11:30am -14pm 27 Jan. 2022

Cost : £35 per person, limited numbers, book by 24th Jan. All materials provided

Suitable for beginners & intermediate

Bring your own materials at £30 per person

You can choose the options at the check out. 

The venue will be at the beautiful seafront boutique & spa hotel, The Charm Lounge Hotel 

Address : 20-21 New Steine, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1PD

Here is the further information and book link.

Beginner’s Chinese art course for English speakers will be available shortly

Our small group meets over Zoom, with additional short videos and PDF learning materials provided. We also have a private group on Facebook.

Culminating in a complete artwork, you’ll learn:

  • to write four sentences (one each week) of a Tang Dynasty poem in the ancient Lishu (隸書) clerical script;
  • how to paint flowers, birds and dragon flies;
  • how to make a Chinese stamp stone seal, carved with your Chinese name.

Thursdays 11:45- 1:45pm
Available shortly (six sessions)
Cost: £132

Email me at plumblossomink@gmail.com to reserve your space and to find out how to order the materials you’ll need. 

I also run Calligraphy courses for Chinese native speakers in different levels as well. If you are interested,  Email me at plumblossomink@gmail.com to book a zoom chat.

Past Free Tutorial Links:

To help you to celebrate the Chinese New Year 🎆🏮 (12th February) and to get involved, I've created three easy to-follow free short video tutorials.

-  1st one: how to make ink from ink stick;
  
  
3rd one: how to paint carp fish in a few strokes. 

You can watch now.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some experience, this can be a truly meditative experience as you become absorbed in the flow of the ink. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to carry on learning more of these ancient skills.

If you would like to follow the tutorials but don't have the materials, you can order them here. I've prepared four different gift sets for you to chose from.

I hope you enjoy making time to create your own beautiful Chinese art.❤️

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Past courses✨:

Foundation of Chinese calligraphy:

For English speakers: Thursday 6:10pm -7:50pm   

For Chinese native speakers: Tuesday 10:00-11:30am (Fully booked)

For Chinese native speakers: Wednesday7:30pm-9:00pm (two space left)

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Past Workshops:

Ink painting & calligraphy - Special theme for Moon Festival 🌕

30th Sept. 6pm-8pm (Wednesday ) &  2nd Oct. 9:30am-11:30am (Friday)

Lose yourself in the beauty of the Full Moon with this new workshop from creative calligraphist Jing Wang.

After some basic practice of Chinese calligraphy strokes, creative calligraphist Jing Wang will guide you through painting bamboo plants, and share with you a couple of clever ways to paint a full moon.

At the end of the session, you will have learnt how to complete an traditional ink painting with two characters of calligraphy writing.🖌️ 🌸

The workshop is good for people with an interest in Chinese culture, arts and music or Mandarin, Zen and Buddhism.

This is a small online group workshop suitable for both beginners and those 

You will need:

  • A computer/laptop/iPad to access the Zoom meeting
  • 2 Brushes: 1 median size & 1 small size with mixed hair
  • Paper: a) practice papers(can be grass paper, newspapers, print paper): b) Xuan mulberry paper for your artwork, ideally A3 size (two pieces in case)
  • Ink : Chinese ink stick or ink in bottle
  • Writing mat: at least size A3
  • A small white dish: for making grey ink
  • Some water in a jar: for cleaning brushes
  • Some kitchen papers folded in quarter: for drying your brushes in case too watery

You can book directly by sending email to Jing at❤️plumblossomink@gmail.com

Or book through Eventbite at the links below.

30th Sept. 6pm-8pm (Wednesday ) workshop  or

2nd Oct. 9:30am-11:30am (Friday) workshp

Please also contact us at:

plumblossomink@gmail.com

if you are unsure about the materials or would like more details. 🎨

Online Calligraphy and Painting Workshop: 🖌️ 🌸

Theme: Chinese Shufa Calligraphy & Bamboo - Ancient Practices in the 21st Century  🍃

Lose yourself in the Zen beauty of Chinese calligraphy with creative calligraphist Jing Wang. ✨✨

This online workshop aims to guide you through the art and mystery of ancient Chinese calligraphy where you will learn to use traditional materials such as Chinese ink, ink stick and brushes on mulberry & grass paper. 🎨

“Life in post lockdown can be still stressful. In this workshop, I will enlighten and uplift your spirit, guiding you to express your feelings with brush and paper.” 🌟

We have two dates for the same workshop to give you options. ❤️

23rd Sept. 2020 Evening 6:00pm - 7:30pm

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chinese-shufa-calligraphy-bamboo-ancient-practices-in-the-21st-century-tickets-119886079491

25th Sept.2020 morning 9:30am- 11:00am

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chinese-shufa-calligraphy-bamboo-ancient-practices-in-the-21st-century-tickets-120352350119

Please choose the date and book through Eventbite link as above.

Hope you can come to join and I am excited to see you there. 😊

Lockdown time Special Online weekly sessions 2nd April-18th June Thurs. 9-10:30pm:

24th April-18th June weekly Online Calligraphy workshop-Theme: Kaishu practice + paintings:

17th April. Online Calligraphy workshop-Theme: Kaishu practice 褚遂良:

10th April. Online Calligraphy workshop-Theme: Kaishu introduction 2 褚遂良:

10th April. Online Calligraphy workshop-Theme: Kaishu introduction 1 Jiu-Cheng-Gong 九成宫:

3rd April. Online Calligraphy workshop-Theme: Get connected via Heart of Sutra:

 

Past Face to Face Workshop sessions Fridays 10:30am-12:30pm:

20th Dec. 2019-Face to Face Workshop- Theme-Characters & Plum blossom: 

6th Dec. 2019-Face to Face Workshop- Theme-Characters, Bamboo & Birds: 

22nd Nov. 2019-Face to Face Workshop- Theme-Basic strokes & Bamboo: 

8th Nov. 2019-Face to Face Workshop- Theme-Basic strokes & Orchid flower: 

 

25th Oct. 2019-Face to Face Workshop- Theme-Basic strokes, Lotus & fish: