Chinese Brush Painting

Valda Hsu [ view artist bio ]

Chinese Brush Painting


Teaching artist Valda Hsu demonstrates the connection between Chinese characters and painting with a Chinese brush. She creates an environment that introduces students to the Chinese language and culture while they participate in painting animals, landscapes and other traditional subjects from nature. Students will learn to write their names using ideograms. The artist will introduce the traditional formats to further students' knowledge of various types of presentation (album leaf, hanging scroll, etc.).     


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Grade Levels: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,All Ages

Fees: $110 for 1 workshop; $95 each, for 2 or more workshops on the same day; $4 per student materials fee / The break between workshops must not exceed 90 minutes to receive the reduced rate.

Maximum Audience Size: 30

Availability: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

Program Length: 45 minutes

Location: At Your School

Teachers' Guide: Chinese Brush Painting_TPG

Requirements: 15 plastic tub containers for water; 12"x18" newsprint (at least 2 sheets per student); paper towels; each table should be lined with newspaper. Artist will provide brushes, watercolor cake sets, and Chinese ink. All workshops should take place in one room. 30 minutes needed before first workshop for set up and after last workshop for clean-up. Teachers must be present at all times during workshops.

Standards: 1.1 1.1 Knows how a culture's art works and artifacts reflect its values and beliefs.1.6 1.6 Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior.3.1 3.1 Knows various age-appropriate cultural activities practiced in the target culture (e.g., games, songs, birthday celebrations, story telling, dramatizations, role playing).11.1 11.1 Knows how visual, aural, oral and kinetic elements are used in the various art forms.15.1 15.1 Understands the visual arts in relation to history and culture.15.6 & 15.8

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