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Hands-on Brush Painting Workshop

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with your local library

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Saturday, 2:30 – 4:00 pm, May 20, at Chinatown Branch, and

Saturday, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, May 27, at Ortega Branch

In traditional China, scholars and artists learned to do brushwork at a young age, painting was considered one of the three perfections in high art. Today we practice brushwork as a way to nurture our senses, and cultivate an appreciation for Asia’s venerated art form.

The San Francisco Public Library, together with artist and museum docent Pauline Tsui, invites you to attend a hands-on brush painting workshop. You will learn simple techniques to build brush strokes and fine lines and create a work of art to take home. Popular subjects in nature, i.e. flowers, plants, small animals will be covered in our lessons. No prior skills in painting is required, all art materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required, please contact the library for details.

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Nov 12th – Brush Painting Workshop with Pauline

A family workshop for adults and children age 10 or over . Participants will learn basic brush strokes in Chinese brush painting: Pauline Tsui will demonstrate how to paint flowers, fruits, simple fish, and the zodiac monkey; participants will learn to make a good-luck artwork to take home. Instruction will be given in both English and Chinese. All art materials will be provided. No prior skills in painting is required. Contact librarian to pre-register.

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Emperors’ Treasures – Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei

When:  October 5, Wednesday, 10:30 – 11:30am

Where:  Rhoda Goldman Plaza Senior Community

Address: 2180 Post Street, San Francisco, CA

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Bamboo and Bird painting by the Emperor Huande.

Pauline Tsui will give an educational talk and slideshow of the special exhibition “Emperors’ Treasures” that had been on view  at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum from June 17 to September 18.  The show featured over 150 objects from one of the world’s greatest collections of Chinese art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, most of which were seen in the United States for the first time. The artworks included paintings, calligraphy, bronze vessels, ceramics, lacquer ware, jades, and textiles. Learn about this treasure trove of emperors’ prized possessions, including artworks they themselves created, and how emperors’ personal tastes shaped the evolution of art in China. Pauline will also show parallels of artworks from the Asian Art Museum’s permanent collection from the same era.

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Emperors’ Treasures – Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei

When:  August 6, Saturday, 2:30 – 3:30pm

Where:  Oakland Asian Library

Address: 388 9th Street, Oakland, CA

See other dates for more talks and public tours below..

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Pauline Tsui will give an educational talk and slideshow of the special exhibition “Emperors’ Treasures” that is currently on view  at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum from June 17 to September 18.  The show features over 150 objects from one of the world’s greatest collections of Chinese art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, most of which are seen in the United States for the first time. The artworks include paintings, calligraphy, bronze vessels, ceramics, lacquer ware, jades, textiles and historical documents. Learn about this treasure trove of emperors’ prized possessions, including artworks they themselves created, and how emperors’ personal tastes shaped the evolution of art in China.

 

Other upcoming tours and events :

August 6, Saturday             2:30 – 3:30p Oakland Asian Library Emperor’s Treasure talk
August 11, Thursday          3:00 – 4:00pp Asian Art Museum Emperor’s Treasure tour
August 12, Friday                 1:30 – 2:30p Smith Ranch, San Rafael Emperor’s Treasure talk
September 3, Saturday   2:00 – 3:00p Asian Art Museum Arts of China tour
September 7, Wednesday 10:30 -11:30a Asian Art Museum Art & Architecture tour (members pre-registration)
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Emperor’s Treasures – arts of the imperial court from Song through Qing

When:  May 28, Saturday, 10:30am – 12 noon

Where:  San Francisco Public Library, Chinatown branch

Address: 1135 Powell Street, San Francisco

Open to public, free Admission

Asian Art Museum docent Pauline Tsui will give an educational talk and slide preview of the coming special exhibition “Emperors’ Treasures” that will be on view from June 17 to September 18.  The show features over 150 objects from one of the world’s greatest collections of Chinese art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, most of which are seen in the United States for the first time. The artworks include paintings, calligraphy, bronze vessels, ceramics, lacquer ware, jades, textiles and historical documents. Learn about this treasure trove of emperors’ prized possessions, including artworks they themselves created, and how emperors’ personal tastes shaped the evolution of art in China.

The talk shall be in Cantonese and English, from 10:30 – 12 noon.

Brushpainting Workshop – Asian Heritage Month

Join Pauline in a brush painting workshop to celebrate Asian Heritage on May 21, 1:30-3:00 pm at Excelsior branch, San Francisco Public Library

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Do you want to learn how to use a brush to create beautiful works of fish, animals, and plants? Here is your chance. In this workshop, participants will learn basic brush strokes and create images of nature in a Chinese style painting. Everyone gets to paint an art piece to take home. All materials are provided. No prerequisite or art skills is need.

To sign up, please call 355-2868 or visit Excelsior Branch to register. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.

We still have some spaces available in our Chinese brush painting class this Saturday. If you want to attend, please give us a call!

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Material List for Brush Painting – Tips & Guidelines

Here is some information about Where & What to Buy material supplies for kick starting your brush painting practice (note: I do not benefit from and I am not trying to promote business for the named art supply stores)

Where:

In San Francisco —

Eastwind Books & Arts, Inc.  Address: 1435 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA  Tel: 415-772-5877

In East Bay —

Name of store unknown (will find out)  Location: at Renaissance Plaza in Chinatown Oakland, between Webster Street and 9th Street, it is a small bookstore/newsstand at street level about two shops down the corner of 9th and Webster on Webster. As far as brushes selection, not as complete as Eastwind Books & Arts but has the basics to start with.

What to buy:

You will need Ink, Paper, and Brushes. Here are some practical tips to what to buy if you are a beginner versus if you want to take up a more serious practice to achieve better results.

1. Brushes  – Chinese brushes

Chinese paint brushesGet one generic brush for Chinese brush painting (Flower & Bird brush 花鳥筆), tip of brush about three-quarter to one inch in length, white or brown haired. (Cost from $5) Remember it is not so much how good your brush is, more important is how often you practice painting.

To get a set of brushes to practice a variety of brush strokes, choose one or two white haired brushes, small, medium, large White Cloud brush (小白雲, 中白雲, or 大白雲), cost $5-$8; and one brown haired brush, small, medium, large Bamboo & Orchid brush (小蘭竹, 中蘭竹, 大蘭竹). The Bamboo & Orchid brown brush would be more expensive, so pick the size you are comfortable with, I recommend medium or large, some people like to paint large and some paint small, and you will use it for a while, I have mine all my life.

2. Ink – Chinese ink

Chinese inkWe use either Chinese ink or Japanese Sumi Drawing ink. The common brand for Chinese ink is called 一得閣墨汁, the Japanese ink is 墨液. I find the Sumi ink more highly concentrated, I like the Chinese ink for its consistency.

3. Paper

The paper I use during my brush painting workshops is Calligraphy Paper (60 sheets per pack @ $1.5) from a Japanese store. We can also practice with newsprint to get the flow but the absorbency of the newsprint is not the same as the xuan paper typically used in brush painting. I recommend using newspaper or pages from an old phone directory to practice the movement of the brush and varying strokes, but it will not do for learning control of the ink in terms of wet or dry brush.

Xuan paper (中國書畫宣紙) comes in a roll that can be cut into desirable sizes, it is relatively thin and very absorbent to Chinese ink. The xuan paper used in traditional Chinese painting comes in different weights/thickness. For painting refined portraits we use a coated xuan paper for which the coating makes the paper non-absorbent for the painter to take time in applying colors. For flower and birds we use uncoated xuan paper.