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ART 221 — The Art of Chinese Brush Painting

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Apr 7—Jun 2
Time: 9:00 am—12:15 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 20
Units: 2
Tuition: $590
Instructor(s): Felix Chan Lim, Bobbi Makani-Lim
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on May 12 and May 26
9:00 am—12:15 pm
Apr 7—Jun 2
7 weeks
Drop By
Apr 20
2 Units
Felix Chan Lim, Bobbi Makani-Lim
Please Note: No class on May 12 and May 26
Chinese brush painting is one of the oldest living arts in the world. Rooted in a rich tradition of more than 5,000 years, it is a fascinating and unusual art form. Each brushstroke is a defining move that cannot be corrected. More often than not, the simplicity of a Chinese painting belies the complex and demanding process that the artist went through to produce it.

This course introduces students to the philosophy, concepts, fundamental techniques, materials, and composition of Chinese brush painting. The course will focus on learning the basic brush strokes through the “Four Gentlemen” of Chinese art: the bamboo, orchid, plum blossom, and chrysanthemum. The application of these brushstrokes to various other subjects will also be explored. There will be a class art exhibit toward the end of the course.

Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $40–$60 on these materials.

Felix Chan Lim, Artist

Felix Chan Lim has participated in more than 140 art exhibits and has conducted more than 100 lectures and painting workshops on Chinese brush painting over the past nearly four decades. He was an associate professorial lecturer in painting for ten years, and his paintings are in private collections around the world.

Bobbi Makani-Lim, Artist

Bobbi Makani-Lim has co-taught Chinese brush painting with Felix Chan Lim for many years and has assisted in the organization of several Chinese-painting exhibits. She has been actively involved in developing teaching methods and courses related to Chinese culture and the arts.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.