Chinese Painting and Tai Chi inform Contemporary Expression: A Mark-Making Workshop with Yisha Wang & Yuezhong Wang
When: Saturday, February 2, 10 a.m - 1 p.m.
Where: Olympia Room, 701 Whaley St., 2nd Floor
Registration: Members, $60; non-members, $70
Known as 国画guó huà or native painting, traditional Chinese painting is considered one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. It uses "水墨Shui Mo" (water and ink), which is a freestyle technique created using a brush dipped in ink and water, and on to rice paper. This art form allows one to express their creativity, calm their mind and appreciate the beauty of art and nature.
The essential principles of Tai Chi are based on the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism, which stresses the natural balance in all things and the need for living in spiritual and physical accord with the patterns of nature. According to this philosophy, everything is composed of two opposite, but entirely complementary, elements of yin and yang, working in a relationship which is in perpetual balance. Tai Chi consists of exercises equally balanced between yin and yang.
This workshop will employ both of these disciplines to explore the interplay of movement and mark-making. An equal amount of time will be spent practicing the traditional Tai Chi form and its brushwork counterpoint. Participants will be led through a process of physical movement and traditional Chinese painting techniques to ultimately create works of art on paper using mark-making techniques.
All participants will receive two Chinese Wolf Hair Calligraphy Brush Pens, Chinese Calligraphy Ink, Sumi Ink Calligraphy Rice Paper and Handmade Xuan Paper to use and take home after the workshop!
The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. 701 CCA will provide all materials for each participant. The age minimum for the workshop is twelve, unless accompanied by an adult, and the maximum number of participants is 15.