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ART 245 — The Art of Lotus in Chinese Brush Painting

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Sep 29—Nov 3
Time: 9:00 am—12:45 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 12
Units: 2
Tuition: $505
Instructor(s): Felix Chan Lim, Bobbi Makani-Lim
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on October 27
9:00 am—12:45 pm
Sep 29—Nov 3
5 weeks
Drop By
Oct 12
2 Units
Felix Chan Lim, Bobbi Makani-Lim
Please Note: No class on October 27
The art of Chinese brush painting has been in existence for more than 6,000 years. While the art started with calligraphy, it has gradually branched out to figure painting, landscape, and then to flora and fauna. Flower painting became an independent genre in Chinese painting around the 9th century. During the Song dynasty, a number of great artists created masterpieces in this category, with themes of flowers, fruits, insects, fish, and birds. The flower paintings in this genre include topics such as plum blossoms, orchids, chrysanthemum, peonies, and one of the most significant flowers in Chinese culture—the lotus. This course introduces students to the art and philosophy of painting the lotus. The course will focus on learning the fundamentals of painting and developing skills and techniques for painting the lotus flower using the Chinese brush. It is a hands-on, skills-development course in which students will learn different techniques for painting the lotus flower. Most of the class sessions will be devoted to actual painting and application of techniques learned in class.

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.