New Sunday Series – Contemporary Chinese Brush Painting

Xchanges Artists’ Gallery and Studios is excited to present a special introductory workshop series

Dates: Sundays, May 16 – June 6
Time: 10:00 a.m. – NOON (Pacific Time, Canada)
Location: Online (Zoom)
Cost: $100 (Members) $125 (Non Members)

Deadline to register – Friday, May 7th

Maximum students – 20 students
Minimum students – 10 students

Register on the online store:


Contemporary Chinese Brush Painting  Workshops

Learning Objective/Learning Outcomes:

Students will learn the history and styles of Chinese Brush Painting, as well as understand the evolution of the contemporary Chinese Brush Painting to present day. Upon the completion of this workshop, students will be able to identify the major schools of Chinese Brush Painting, have basic control of Chinese brushes, ink and colour to develop images of flowers and landscapes in free-hand style.

This workshop series is designed for people who are interested in 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.

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. 

Feedback for Group and Individuals:

Students will email their practice paintings to Andy who will send back an email to them with his feedback and advice for improvement. This critique and feedback is an important part of the workshop.

During the next group session Andy will summarize his comments for the whole group and also highlight particularly interesting or important points for the participants.

Andy Shutse Lou, MFA

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 color you can use those as well.

If you need to order supplies from Andy, please ensure to let him know as soon as possible so they can be delivered to you on time for the first class. The kit can be ordered with your registration on the online store.

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.

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