Workshop - Chinese Painting


Traditional Chinese painting refers to the execution of a picture on a piece of Xuan paper or silk with a Chinese brush that has absorbed black ink or coloured pigments.

It is regarded as one of the three quintessence of Chinese Culture, together with traditional Chinese Medicine and Beijing Opera.

Painting of figurines matured as early as the Warring States Period (475 -221BC) and reached its peak during the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD). The Chinese Arts are divided by content. Traditional Chinese painting can be classified into three categories:-  Figurine -  Landscape - Flowers, and Birds, including beasts, fish, insects etc.. from the Northern and Southern dynasties (421-581 AD).

Chinese Painting is divided into:

  • Gongbi 工笔, Meticulous brushwork, is a realistic painting characterized by fine brushwork and details.
  • Xieyi 写意, Freehand aims to capture the spirit of the subject and express the artist’s impression or mood. In the latter, the brushstrokes may be short and simple but have powerful expressive power.

In traditional Chinese paintings, apart from pictures, there are also inscriptions, poems and seals.  Therefore, Chinese painting is an art form combining poetry, calligraphy, painting and seals. The Chinese painting format must include art forms, inscriptions, poems, calligraphy, paintings, and personal seals.


Manchester Chinese Centre
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M12 6FX

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