Contemporary Chinese Brush Painting Workshop

Xchanges Artists’ Gallery and Studios is excited to present a special introductory workshop to Contemporary Chinese Brush Painting

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)
Cost: $35 (Members) $45 (Non Members)

Workshop Description

This workshop is designed for people who are interested in learning the oriental painting medium.  Both traditional and contemporary techniques of Chinese Brush Painting will be introduced. You will learn about Chinese ink, rice paper, colour, texture, composition, and the aesthetic principles of Chinese Brush Painting. You also learn technical skills, such as loading the brush with ink and water, dry and wet brush stroke control through instructor’s demonstrations, in class discussions and by hands-on practice.

Sunset, by Andy Shutse Lou, MFA, Victoria, BC

This workshop will focus on creative exploration of the  brush painting medium and expanding your visual vocabulary. You will be encouraged to explore contemporary styles by using this ancient art medium. Some experience in painting will help, but not necessary.

During the workshop, participants will practice all techniques demonstrated and discussed as well as have an opportunity to share their work with others in the workshop. 

Andy Shutse Lou, MFA

Red Tree by Andy Shutse Lou, MFA, Victoria, BC

Andy Lou, a renowned working artist in Victoria, B.C. was born in China and educated in the United States. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas in 1988, majoring in Painting and Drawing. After his graduation, he has been offering Contemporary Chinese Brush Painting Workshops throughout Canada, the U.S. and China. In his paintings, Andy adapts a variety of techniques and thoughts from the West, but emphasizes his oriental originality. Employing Chinese brushes, rice paper and ink, mixing with watercolour, gouache and acrylic, Andy creates visual statements of the landscapes of North America. Vibrant colour plays an important role in his art. He blends the old and the new to forge a contrast between ink and colour, between the ancient traditions of Chinese painting and the rapidly-changing world of Western art. Andy’s mixed media, cross-cultural paintings have been exhibited and collected worldwide and he has received numerous awards. Andy is also a writer, he is the author and the co-author of total four books on Chinese Brush Painting.


If necessary, participants may purchase a set of supplies from the instructor (prices indicated below), or source at local art supply stores or online. If you have some art supplies already, such as watercolour brushes and paints you can use those as well.

1. One set of Chinese Brush Painting Colours (12)$  8.50
2. One bottle of Chinese ink $  8.50
3. Chinese  rice paper  (10 sheets)$12.00
4. One large size goat hair brush$15.00
5. One medium size goat hair brush$13.00
6. One small size goat hair brush$12.00
7. One fine brush$12.00

You will also need the following equipment:

  • Two water containers (bowls are the best).
  • Several plates (for blending colours).
  • A piece of felt or a blanket, approximately 2 feet by 3 feet as a painting mat.
  • A roll of paper towel.
Supplies and Equipment for the Workshop


Please submit your Registration and Payment by Sunday, September 6th.

Please note:
Workshop and supply fees are non refundable.
Minimum 10 participants are required to run this workshop.
Xchanges will refund all fees if the session is cancelled for any reason.

You have two options for Registering:

  1. You can register now on Xchanges Online Store


2. Complete the form below and send Xchanges an eTransfer or PayPal to

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Thank you for registering!

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