Ngan Siu-Mui Art School ― Painting Online Lessons

Chinese Painting Online Lessons
Private or Group Lessons

Phoenix Stamp, Chinese Watercolor Painting in Lingnan School style

Nowadays, many are rediscovering the beauty of traditional Chinese arts and the benefits attached in practising them. There is a telling 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 Ngan Siu-Mui, a "Consummate artist who lives to teach others" (Killingbeck, The Chronicle).

Students learn how to use their wrist, elbow, forearm in order to move the Chinese brush energetically but always in control of it. 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.

About the Painting Style of Lingnan School ― Master Chao Shao-Ang (趙少昂)i by Vanessa Lam

Chinese Water-colors
Chinese Watercolor painting, Chinese Water-colors,
Common pigments and traditional colors: burnt sienna, indigo, gamboge yellow, vermilion, emerald green, ceruse, cobalt blue, and some more.
Chinese Brushes, Ink Stick and Ink Stone
Chinese Painting Tools,
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 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
Chinese Brush Stroke,
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.
Water and Color Merging Techniques
Merging Color and Water, Merging Color and Water,
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.
Chinese Ink Shading
Chinese Ink Shading, 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.
Chinese Watercolor Painting Composition
Bamboo under Moonlight, Lingnan School style,
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.

seal-fungcheung Group online lessons on Chinese Painting

On Saturdays or Sundays
Fees: $40 cad per lesson (electronic transfer or Paypal)

February ― Saturday Group ― 10:00 to 12:00

  • Saturday lesson: February 27 ~ subject: Chinese Orchid
Chinese Orchid in Lingnan School style, Online lesson,
Chinese Orchid is one of the Four Gentlemen.
The techniques used for this subject are very important;
they are part of the basic knowledge required for Chinese Painting.
Drawing Chinese Orchid is like writing calligraphy.
The sensation is very relaxing for the mind and body.

March ― Saturday or Sunday Group ― 10:00 to 12:00

  • Saturday lesson: March ~ subject: Chinese Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum in Lingnan School style,
Chrysanthemum is one of the Four Gentlemen.
The techniques used for this subject are very important;
they are part of the basic knowledge required for Chinese Painting.

April ― Saturday or Sunday Group ― 19:00 to 21:00

  • Saturday lesson: April ~ subject: Peony
peony in Lingnan School style, Online lesson,
The above photo shows a Tree Peony.
However the sujects of these two online lessons are the Paeonia which is a rooting herb and the Tree Peony which is a woody shrub.
These two kinds of flowers are also called Peony in the West.
They have very similar types of flower and leaves.
Peonies bloom in early May but Paeonias bloom later.

May ― Saturday or Sunday Group ― 10:00 to 12:00

  • Saturday lesson: May ~ subject: Peony in Bumping colors technique
peony in bumping color style,
The bumping color technique is very well known in Lingnam School style.
It creates a stunning look for the peony.
The control of water expanding is important.

seal-fungcheung Private online lessons on Chinese Painting

  • Date and time: according to the student's and the teacher's schedule.
  • Duration: one hour.
  • Teacher: Ngan Siu-Mui.
  • Subject: according to your level as advised by the teacher.
  • One online lesson consists of two parts:
    • 1) Art techniques demonstration and explanation by the teacher.
    • 2) Your demonstration guided by the teacher.
  • Before the lesson
    An art sample is sent by email to the student who has to print it out so that it can be use during the lesson.
  • After the lesson follow-up
    • 1) A video clip related to the lesson is sent to the student.
    • 2) Advices from the teacher for practicing (homework) via email.
  • Fees: 60$ cad per lesson (e-transfer or Paypal).
  • Please feel free to contact Ngan Siu-Mui.

Artist Ngan Siu-Mui is located in Montreal, Quebec Canada.
Time zone is UTC -04:00.