Online Workshops, Classes & Critique

Would you like to know more about traditional Chinese art? Are you curious about the differences between Chinese and Western concepts of aesthetics? 

Or would you like to immerse yourself in the magical and elegant world of Chinese gongbi painting with our extensive, well structured online workshops and classes?

Whether you are a beginner, experienced painter, or simply want to watch the meditative and relaxing process, there are a range of workshops, classes and tailored events for you to choose from.

If there's anything not listed here, please don't hesitate to contact us. 

Online 4-Week Peony Brush Line Mastery Only Class (February 2021) - The Peony Girl
The Peony Girl line drawing demonstration
Online 4-Week Peony Brush Line Mastery Only Class (February 2021) - The Peony Girl
Online 4-Week Peony Brush Line Mastery Only Class (February 2021) - The Peony Girl
Online 4-Week Peony Brush Line Mastery Only Class (February 2021) - The Peony Girl

Online 4-Week Peony Brush Line Mastery Only Class (February 2021)

Regular price £100.00
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Learn how to create fine, elegant brush strokes of Chinese gongbi painting. 

WINTER 2021 CLASSES: FEBRUARY

Session 1: Saturday 06 February, 19:00 - 21:00
Session 2: Saturday 13 February, 19:00 - 21:00
Session 3: Saturday 20 February, 19:00 - 21:00
Session 4: Saturday 27 February, 19:00 - 21:00

All the times listed are GMT, which makes convenient for participants from both Europe and the Americas to join. 

You are welcome to join the class to learn to how to paint or just watch Siyuan and the others to paint which is a therapeutic experience.

PRICE

  • Painters: £100/person for the whole course exclude material*
  • Viewers: £80 for the whole course

*If painting materials need to be purchased, links will be shared after the workshop is booked.

DESCRIPTION

Gongbi is a realistic style of classic Chinese painting, characterised by fine, precise, and well-balanced brush technique and bright, vivid colours with rich hues. The name "gongbi" means “tidy or meticulous brush strokes”. It’s traditionally created in ink and pigments on rice paper or silk.

You can visit here, here, or here for some examples. 

In the past, we held Gongbi Painting Online Taster Workshop for people who wanted to have their first experience in this style of painting. This time, you have an opportunity to go deeper and learn the foundation of this style of art - brush line drawing. In gongbi, brush strokes decide about the quality of the artwork - lines can vary from very thin to very thick, creating a dynamic or static painting. Mastering beautiful lines is a prerequisite to creating a compelling piece of art. 

The workshop will consist of four 2-hour sessions, one session a week. Over the course of 4 weeks, you will get the foundation necessary for creating beautiful outlines required in gongbi painting.

Gongbi painting requires focus, care, and attention to detail, which can serve as an escape from the stresses of life. That is why taking the class not only can help you learn brush lines of gongbi painting, but it can also provide an opportunity for a meditative and calming experience. 

If you're not ready to join us as a painter, we encourage you to sign up as a viewer - you can enjoy the beautiful creations coming to life on your screen, while you relax and deepen your knowledge about art and Chinese culture. Previously, we had feedback from people telling us that witnessing the process of creating a gongbi painting was a relaxing and therapeutic experience... Why not join us for a session as a viewer to give it a try?

If you're looking to hone your colouring skills as well, Peony Girl offers a brush line mastery and colouring class. Click here to sign up.

PAINTING MATERIALS

  • Three Brushes: a fine brush for line drawing, two medium brushes for colouring.
  • Rice Paper: The type we will use is alum treated for Gongi paintings.
  • Oriental Ink: At this workshop, we will use ready-made oriental ink.

You will also need a porcelain plate for mixing colours, bowl of water and some kitchen towels. More details will be sent out before the workshop.

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Online 8-Week Full Peony Gongbi Painting Class (February - March 2021) - The Peony Girl
Online 8-Week Full Peony Gongbi Painting Class (February - March 2021) - The Peony Girl
Online 8-Week Full Peony Gongbi Painting Class (February - March 2021) - The Peony Girl
Online 8-Week Full Peony Gongbi Painting Class (February - March 2021)
Online 8-Week Full Peony Gongbi Painting Class (February - March 2021)
Online 8-Week Full Peony Gongbi Painting Class (February - March 2021) - The Peony Girl
Online 8-Week Full Peony Gongbi Painting Class (February - March 2021) - The Peony Girl

Online 8-Week Full Peony Gongbi Painting Class (February - March 2021)

Regular price £190.00
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Enter the magical and elegant world of Chinese gongbi painting with our extensive, well-paced 8-week guided course including Brush Line Mastery and Layered Colouring classes.

WINTER/SPRING 2021 CLASS: FEBRUARY - MARCH

Brush Line Mastery:

Session 1: Saturday 06 February, 19:00 - 21:00
Session 2: Saturday 13 February, 19:00 - 21:00
Session 3: Saturday 20 February, 19:00 - 21:00
Session 4: Saturday 27 February, 19:00 - 21:00

Layered Colouring:

Session 5: Saturday 06 March, 19:00 - 21:00
Session 6: Saturday 13 March, 19:00 - 21:00
Session 7: Saturday 20 March, 19:00 - 21:00
Session 8: Saturday 27 March, 19:00 - 21:00

All the times listed are GMT, which makes convenient for participants from both Europe and the Americas to join. 

PRICE: 

  • Painters: £190/person for the whole course exclude material*
  • Viewers: £100 for the whole course

*If painting materials need to be purchased, links will be shared after the workshop is booked.

DESCRIPTION:

Join us to master the beautiful art of colouring in Chinese gongbi style.

Gongbi is a realistic style of classic Chinese painting; its name means “tidy or meticulous brush strokes”. It’s famous for precise, careful and fine brush technique and vivid, bright colors with rich hues. Traditional materials used in this type of painting were  ink and pigments on rice paper or silk.

Please visit here, here, and here to see some examples. 

We offer you a comprehensive, detailed 8-week course, consisting of two stages; the first one, Brush Line Mastery, focuses on learning brush line drawing which is a foundation of gongbi painting. You can find the full description here.

The second part, Layered Colouring Workshop, focuses on a colouring technique used in this style of art to create vivid, rich colours.

During our class, you can master a new skill and deepen your knowledge about art, but you also have a unique opportunity to have a calming and meditative experience. Gongbi painting requires a lot of focus and careful attention to detail, which can help get away from the stress and worries of life. 

Join us at this workshop as a painter to experience it yourself; or, if you don’t feel quite ready yet, we encourage you to come in as a viewer. That way, you get a chance to see the process of creating a beautiful piece of art and learn something new about Chinese culture. In the past, people told us that witnessing a gongbi painting coming to life was a therapeutic and calming experience for them. 

If you want an assessment of your current art skills book a 30 minute consultation with The Peony Girl.

PAINTING MATERIALS

  • Three Brushes: a fine brush for line drawing, two medium brushes for colouring.
  • Rice Paper: The type we will use is alum treated for Gongi paintings.
  • Oriental Ink: At this workshop, we will use ready-made oriental ink.
  • Chinese Pigments: similar to watercolour, but contains adhesive substances.

You will also need a porcelain plate for mixing colours, bowl of water and some kitchen towels. More details will be sent out before the workshop.

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Online 30-minute Art Critique and Consultation - The Peony Girl

Online 30-minute Art Critique and Consultation

Regular price £35.00
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Do you need a consultation on your painting?

Are you looking to find ways to improve your craftsmanship and get your art on a new, higher level? 

Would you like to have an experienced painter take a look at your artwork and get a professional opinion and advice from her?

Now, you can get that from Siyuan Ren, the artist behind The Peony Girl - creator of many pieces of art, interior designer and host of online workshops. We’re offering you a 30-minute art critique and consultation session. You can discuss your artwork and receive advice that can help you become a better, more focused painter. 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

You can email 1-5 paintings or even ideas you have for Siyuan to review; then, we arrange an online video chat. In the session, you will hear feedback and advice that will help you improve your painting skill. If you have any questions, feel free to ask during the call.   

Take a chance to see how your art could be improved with this tailored consultation session. Now it’s only £35 per call. Don’t miss this opportunity!

If you're looking to expand your painting skills sign up for a Peony Girl workshop!

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