Ngan Siu-Mui Art School

Chinese Watercolor Painting classes offered in the artist's Studio of Simple Happiness, Dorval

seal-fungcheung Chinese Watercolor Painting Classes in Traditional and Lingnan School style

Nowadays, many are rediscovering the beauty of traditional Chinese arts and the benefits attached to practise them. Chinese saying: "Absorbed in painting, you know not old age is coming". Chinese painting is known to greatly benefit our mind and our body.

Chinese Watercolor painting classes are open to beginners as there is no previous training required. New and longtime students share the exciting voyage in the realm of Chinese arts under the guidance of the "Consummate artist who lives to teach others".

Students learn how to use their wrist, elbow, forearm ... to move the Chinese brush energetically with control. Ngan Siu-Mui shows how to use Chinese ink, pigment and watercolor paper properly. Your painting will show lively movement, energetic strokes, and likeness to the subject. The end result is a well balanced composition.

Chinese Water-colors
Common pigments and traditional colors: burnt sienna, indigo, gamboge yellow, vermilion, emerald green, ceruse, cobalt blue, and some more.
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Chinese Brushes, Ink Stick and Ink Stone
How to choose and use the proper brush for painting different subjects. Some common brush types are: soft hair brushes, hard hair brushes, flat brushes, mixed hair brushes, worn out brushes, sharp brushes.
Chinese Painting Tools
Chinese Watercolor Art Paper

How to choose and use proper Chinese watercolor paper for painting artworks. Popular art papers are: Raw Xuan paper, Sized Suen paper, Ma-Chih, Pei-Chih.

Traditional Chinese Brush Strokes
Learn how to use traditional Chinese writing techniques in watercolor painting. Master the brush to draw the proper sizes; create energetic movement; control the expanding of water; create proper shade for the ink and color.
Chinese Brush Stroke
Water and Color Merging Techniques
How to add the appropriate amount of Chinese color to water in order to put layers on the paper. The techniques related to the application of water on paper play a very important part in the creation of outstanding watercolor painting artworks.
Merging Color and Water Merging Color and Water
Chinese Ink Shading
Skillful distribution of the Chinese ink produces many different shades, such as focal, dense, heavy, light and clear. Shades give a three dimentional effect to the subjects.
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Chinese Watercolor Painting Composition

Create a stunning painting by using the Yin and Yang principles. These principles are based on elements like shapes and voids, heaviness and lightness, smoothness and cragginess, straightness and curviness, similarity and dissimilarity.

27 January - Bamboo and Chrysanthemum
Bamboo and chrysanthemum
24 February- Chinese Orchid and Rock
Chinese Orchid and Rock
24 March - Bird on Plum Tree
bird on plum tree
21 April - Birds on Plum Tree
birds on 
                    plum tree
19 May - The four Gentlemen - Plum, Orchid, Chrysanthemum and Bamboo
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