Culture Courses in BLCC: Traditional Chinese Painting

Culture Courses in BLCC: Traditional Chinese Painting

People from all around the world come to Beijing Language and Culture College (BLCC) to study the Chinese language. Little do they know, there are many culturally related courses like wushu, calligraphy and Traditional Chinese Painting. You can participate in these courses as much as you like. These courses give you chances to know more about Chinese culture, especially in the non-academic area.

You will also have positive and refreshing activities after a long day of school or before continue to study at night. It is a very good time to meet new friends who share the same interest as you. It gets easier to bond because of the similarity. At the end of the day, you can get more friends to broaden your connection when you go back home.

In this article, we want to show you guys exclusively about the beauty of Chinese painting. If you are the type of person who likes to draw and want to know more about Chinese drawing, there are two courses that might can catch your interest. One of the courses is Chinese Gongbi painting and another one is Shuimohua (水墨畫). Both of these courses are mostly using Maobi (Chinese brush) to draw, but they have different styles.


Culture Courses in BLCC: Traditional Chinese Painting

Shuimohua Course

Shuimohua (水墨畫), also known as ink wash painting or literati painting is an East Asian type of brush painting of Chinese origin that uses black ink in various concentrations. Shuimohua painting mainly focuses on drawing only with the brush (毛筆Máobĭ) and ink.

Shuimohua is a bit difficult because you have to know how to properly use the brush and to master the techniques, you need to be very disciplined. Despite the difficulties, Shuimohua course has a very good instructor to teach you how to do it in a short amount of time.

It usually takes an hour to finish a painting. Hence, you finish the class by the end of the semester, you will have so many beautiful Shuimohua painting to show to your family and friends in your hometown.


Culture Courses in BLCC: Traditional Chinese Painting

Gongbi Course

Gongbi (工筆) is a careful realist technique in Chinese painting, the opposite of the interpretive and freely expressive xieyi (寫意sketching thoughts) style. Gongbi painting is more detailed and complicated. It takes a lot of time to finish one painting. Despite the complicatedness, Gongbi painting is very beautiful.

At the Gongbi course in BLCC, you will get a very kind and patient instructor to teach you how to do it. At first, the instructor will tell you to draw the sketch with a pencil before you can use the Maobi. The instructor will give you some paintings, such as birds, flower, and Chinese lady as samples. Then the instructor will ask you to trace the painting with a pencil and after that, you can use the Maobi and ink.

So, which courses are you interested in? No matter what, both will definitely bring satisfaction and pleasure to your time here in China. Interested or want to know about the program? You can click here for more information.

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