All posts by Angela Reich

Happy Rat!

Mouse and Tomato plant by GH

January 25th starts Chinese New Year for the Year of the Metal Rat.  The Spring Festival lasts until 4 February, though celebrations usually continue until the Lantern Festival on 8th February.

The Rat is the first animal of the Chinese Zodiac, having won the Jade Emperor’s race.  There are different versions of this story, including what happened to the cat!

Apparently, the Rat represents diligence, kindness, and generosity, and the Metal Rat Year is going to be a strong, prosperous, and lucky year for most Chinese zodiac signs.

CBP in London

'Sweeping Brush Strokes' An Exhibition of HSoA Artists Chinese Brush Painting

Hampstead School of Art has an exhibition of Chinese Brush Painting 20 Jan – 20 Feb 2020.

There several teachers of painting and calligraphy in London, including:

CBP Exhibitions and Events 2020

The Singer Su Xiaoxiao, by Kang Tao,1746, Minneapolist IoA

Oriental Museum, Durham has a lecture on the Terracotta Army, 16 January.  They are also creating a new gallery on the Silk Roads, opening May 2020.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is showing Captive Beauties:  Depictions of Women in Late Imperial China, until  19 July 2020.

The Aisan Art Museum, San Francisco, is exhibiting Zhang Daqian till 26 April.

Museum of fine Arts, Boston, is celebrating the gift of the Weng Family Collection of Chinese Painting, until 9 August.

Wonderful modern artists Wu Guangzhong at Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing

Wu Guangzhong

CBP in Hampshire 2020

There is a new CBP Group that meets on Thursday mornings 10  –  12 during term time, above the library in Lockswood Centre, in Locksheath near Fareham.

The Hants/Dorset/Wilts CBP Group continues to meet regularly in Winchester.

Contact us if you would like to be put in touch with these, or other CBP Groups.

Oxfordshire CBP 2020

Oxfordshire Chinese Brush Painting Group

Calendar of Events 2020,  including new workshops in the Ashmolean:

  • Come along and learn to paint like Chinese artists such as Qi Baishai (1864-1957);
  • Learn about the centuries old tradition of Chinese Brush Painting and view some of the wonderful examples of the art in The Ashmolean Museum.

Oxfordshire Chinese Brush Painting Group is holding two new courses in 2020.   

The Beginners Introductory  Workshop is on Saturday 8th February 2020 from 10.30 to 4.30.

All materials will be provided for the Beginners Session, but you are welcome to bring any Chinese Brush Painting equipment that you already have.   There will be an opportunity to buy brushes and paper on the day for those who decide they want to continue. We hope you do!

The cost of this Workshop is £50.  Places are limited to a maximum of 12

On Saturday 21st March from 10.30-4.30 there is an Improvers’ Workshop for those who have some knowledge and experience  of Chinese Brush Painting and wish to improve their basic skills.   We assume that participants will have their own Chinese Brush Painting equipment, although paper will be available to buy at the event.   The cost of this Workshop is £45.     Places are limited to  a maximum of 12 . 

The tutor for both these sessions is Jean Turton.   Jean is a member of the Chinese Brush Painting Society and a long standing teacher of Chinese Brush Painting.  She teaches across the country and has particular experience of teaching beginners.

The  Ashmolean has one of the world’s best collections of Chinese Art.  Both courses will offer you the opportunity to visit their extensive collection of Chinese painting in Galleries 11,38 and 39.

We advise early booking for both of these Workshops.    Please contact Tricia Wormald to book a place via cbpoxon