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 Weekend Intensive Gongbi Painting Workshop (November 2020) - The Peony Girl
The Peony Girl intensive workshop - painting peonies
Online Weekend Intensive Gongbi Painting Workshop (November 2020) - The Peony Girl
Online Weekend Intensive Gongbi Painting Workshop (November 2020) - The Peony Girl
Online Weekend Intensive Gongbi Painting Workshop (November 2020) - The Peony Girl
Online Weekend Intensive Gongbi Painting Workshop (November 2020) - The Peony Girl

Online Weekend Intensive Gongbi Painting Workshop (November 2020)

Regular price £120.00
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VAT included

Discover a magical and elegant world of Chinese gongbi painting with our intensive, 4-session online workshop.

AUTUMN 2020 WORKSHOP: NOVEMBER

Session 1: Saturday 21 November, 13:00 - 17:30
Session 2: Sunday 22 November, 13:00 - 17:30
Session 3: Saturday 28 November, 13:00 - 17:30
Session 4: Sunday 29 November, 13:00 - 17:30

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 which is a therapeutic experience in itself.

PRICE

  • Painters: £120/person excluding materials*
  • Viewers: £40/person

*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, meaning “tidy or meticulous brush strokes”. It’s characterised by fine, precise, and well-balanced brush technique and bright, vivid colours with rich hues. Traditionally, it is created in ink and pigments on rice paper or silk.

You can see some examples here, here, and here

Previously, we held Gongbi Painting Online Taster Workshop for people who wanted to have a try this style of painting. This time, we're organising a more intensive, 4-day workshop: it's perfect for beginners who want to start their journey with gongbi painting and learn the basics in a relatively short time, but also great for seasoned artists who want to polish their skills and take their artwork to a new level.

In this comprehensive workshop, you will learn the basics of Chinese fine painting and obtain the skills necessary to create your own original artwork.

The first part of the classes focuses on brush line-drawing and layered colouring. In gongbi painting, lines are the foundation - they decide the final quality of the artwork. Then, you will trace master paintings to become familiar with the process of creating precise, fine strokes and vivid colours required to paint in gongbi style. 

In the second part, you will create your own beautiful Chinese-style peony painting. Don’t worry, you will be guided step by step by Siyuan, the artist behind The Peony Girl, an experienced and patient teacher, who will provide you with all the necessary help in the process. By the end of the workshop, you will be holding in your own hands a unique piece of art. 

Our workshop not only helps you to learn the skill of gongbi painting, but it also provides an opportunity for a calming and meditative experience. Painting in this technique requires focus, care, and attention to detail, which can take your mind away from the usual stress of life. 

Together, let’s discover the refinement and peace waiting in the world of gongbi art. Join us at this workshop as a painter to experience it yourself. If you don’t feel quite ready yet to paint with us, you can come on in as a viewer. As a viewer, you can learn something new about the world of art and Chinese culture, while you witness the process of creating an elegant and delicate painting. In the past, we've had people comment that it's a relaxing and therapeutic experience - why not give it a try?

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, a bowl of water and some paper towels. More details will be sent out before the workshop.

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Online Traditional Chinese Art Introduction Class (December 2020) - The Peony Girl
Online Traditional Chinese Art Introduction Class (December 2020) - The Peony Girl
Online Traditional Chinese Art Introduction Class (December 2020) - The Peony Girl
Online Traditional Chinese Art Introduction Class (December 2020) - The Peony Girl

Online Traditional Chinese Art Introduction Class (December 2020)

Regular price £35.00
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VAT included

WINTER 2020 CLASS: DECEMBER

Session 1: Saturday 05 December, 15:00 - 17:00
Session 2: Sunday 06 December, 15:00 - 17:00

 

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

PRICE

£35/person, minimum 10 people. The class may be rescheduled if there are less than 10 participants.

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

Or do you simply want to understand the history and background of one of the world’s oldest cultures a little bit better?

We created this class specifically for someone who's curious, interested in different cultures, and who wants to broaden their horizons - like you. Siyuan Ren, a.k.a. The Peony Girl - creator of many pieces of art, interior designer and host of online workshops, will introduce you to the world of traditional Chinese art.

We will talk about different forms of art, such as Chinese brush painting, calligraphy, kung fu, carving, poetry, ceramics, and many more. We will also cover the basics of Chinese philosophy, which can help in better understanding Chinese aesthetics. 

The course will consist of two sessions. Each session will be an online video lecture lasting 2 hours. We encourage you to join us and learn about the elegant and refined world of Chinese art. Sign up today to secure your spot in the course.

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Online Half Day Gongbi Painting Taster Workshop (January 2021) - The Peony Girl
The Peony Girl Chinese Painting Online Workshop
Online Half Day Gongbi Painting Taster Workshop (January 2021) - The Peony Girl
Online Half Day Gongbi Painting Taster Workshop (January 2021) - The Peony Girl

Online Half Day Gongbi Painting Taster Workshop (January 2021)

Regular price £35.00
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VAT included

WINTER 2021 WORKSHOP: JANUARY

Saturday 16 January, 13:30 - 18:00

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

PRICE

  • Painters: £35/person for the whole course excluding materials*
  • Viewers: £20

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

GONGBI PAINTING

Gongbi is a realist style of classic Chinese painting with meticulous and precise brushstrokes. Traditionally Gongbi paintings are created in ink and pigments on rice paper or silk. To create a good Gongbi painting, it requires concentration, patience and a meditative mind.

THE WORKSHOP

In this workshop, the students will experience the two major steps to create a Gongbi painting: 1. brush line drawing and 2. layered colouring, by tracing and studying elements (including flowers and leaves, birds and insects, figures and their clothes) from Gongbi masterpieces. Students will be provided with all the study materials and samples.

The workshop will start with a half-hour introduction of Gongbi technique, followed by demos, hands-on practice and one-on-one guidance.

If you would like to advance your skills, you are welcome to sign up for my 8-weeks' Chinese Gongbi painting classes. 

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 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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VAT included

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?

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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VAT included

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. 

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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VAT included

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!

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The Peony Girl Gift Card for Her - The Peony Girl

Peony Gift Card for Her

Regular price £10.00
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Peonies remind us all of the fun and carefree days of summer. As we head into the long days of winter, what better way to remind one of your favourite friends of shared memories of the lovely gardens and flower shows you enjoyed together than with The Peony Girl gift card. She can redeem it for a fine art print, an online workshop or class, or even as a contribution towards an original fine art painting.

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Peony Gift Card for Him - The Peony Girl

Peony Gift Card for Him

Regular price £10.00
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Peonies aren't just enjoyed by ladies. The spirit of The Peony Girl is that of any nature lover. Do you know a gentleman who enjoys art galleries, National Trust properties, or perhaps RHS Chelsea Flower Show? Why not give him a Peony gift card. He can redeem it for a fine art print, an online workshop or class, or even as a contribution towards an original fine art painting.
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