By Giacomo Bruni

The course will explore traditional and contemporary Chinese ink-painting modes and the multiple layers of the meaning behind the techniques, styles, past traditions, and new technical contexts through teacher’s demonstrations, students’ participation, artwork presentations, and critiques.


● Explanation of the Primary Artistic Materials and Tools
● Introduction to Chinese painting and its theories
● Explanation of the evolution of Mountain and Water painting in Chinese history
● Analysis of traditional theoretical texts about Mountain and Water painting
● Explanation of the ecological aesthetic thinking in Mountain and Water painting
● Introduction and a close study of the Masterpieces of the tradition and contemporary times
● Calligraphy practice, learning the basic strokes and painting techniques
● Field sketching and drawing using Chinese methods
● Practice and Experimentation
● Final work based on the sketches
● Discussion and Critique of the students’ projects


Throughout this workshop, the  students will build their practical skills and place passion and energy in the brushwork.

The course is divided in two parts, theory and practice. The theoretical section (about 12h) will introduce the aesthetic conception of Chinese art and the explanation of Chinese artistic theories throughout the history of Chinese painting. Through practice (a minimum of 35h), we will discover the key essential features in Chinese brushwork, which consists of:

— A high proficiency in using Lines and Calligraphic strokes.
— Ink washes and tonal rendering.
— Textures and special techniques to describe the shapes and characteristics of mountains and waters.
— Learning to create beyond the limits of vision and linear perspective, by crossing the anthropocentric vision of the world.

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