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Curious about Asian brush painting?

Seen the Chinese landscape paintings at the Art Institute and wondered how the are done?

Want to experience the calm meditative quality of practicing brushwork?

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Class offerings include:

Chinese calligraphy & landscape painting

Participants will:
• learn the practice of grinding ink/loading brush
• practice the immediacy of putting ink to paper
• explore the discipline of brush painting
• feel the joy of working with these ancient materials

Weekly classes

Each class includes instructor demonstration, discussion, and exercises. Students will take home models for practice and individual exploration. Typical class is one hour of Chinese calligraphy, one hour of landscape painting.
(Class size limited to 7 students)

Previous experience not required. Beginners welcome.

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• see upcoming workshops/events

One-day intensive workshops

(offered seasonally or by arrangement)
These are 4-hour workshops focused on introducing the participant to Chinese brush painting, or specific topics within that tradition.

Introduction to Chinese brush painting intensive
(all levels)

Participants will:
• learn the practice of grinding ink/loading brush
• practice the immediacy of putting ink to paper
• explore the discipline of brush painting including basic calligraphy strokes,
painting rocks, trees, pine and mountains
• feel the joy of working with these ancient materials

 

Strengthening brush painting skills

When you are ready to move beyond
‘happy accidents’ to ‘awesome by intention’

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Participants will experience:
• building skills of loading brushes differently for specific effects
• exercising their control of brush for stronger strokes
• experiencing the value of using the right brush for the right job.

Painting Water / Mists Intensive
(some experience helpful but not required)

Bob painting water

Participants will:
• learn the practice of ink accumulation as it relates to creating water and mists in brush painting
• learn to work both in wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet
• experiment with a variety of techniques to create water

 

One-stroke / Splash painting intensive
(some experience helpful)

Participants will:
• learn techniques for loading mutliple colors of ink
• learn techniques for painting with multiple inks in one brush stroke
• experiment with a variety of sizes of brushes, including “mops”
• create large scale splash paintings

 

Painting pines intensive
(some experience helpful)

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Participants will:
• learn the practice of building the structure of pine tree
• learn variations on painting pine needles
• learn what makes a big pine big
• sharpen your skills of observation
• refine your skill in handling the brush

 

Painting snow intensive
(some experience helpful)

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Participants will:
• learn the practice of painting negative space
• learn techniques for building layers of ink and wash
• experiment with several methods of painting snow
• create a complete snow covered landscape

Bring a willingness to have a serious adventure while having a lot of fun

 

Painting cute little baby animals

Previous experience not required. Beginners welcome.

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Participants will:
• explore the use of simple line and wash to create
adorably cute paintings of animals and insects
(note: simple ≠ easy)
• learn to handle use of minimal strokes for greater effect
• have more fun than a barrel of monkeys even though
it’s the Year of the Rooster!

 

one stroke makes a painting

the zen of brush painting

learn to paint ensō & other one-stroke paintings

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Participants will:
• learn the practice of grinding ink/loading brush
• practice the immediacy of putting ink to paper
• explore the honesty of working with these ancient materials
• discover how much can be revealed in painting a simple circle
• create an entire season in one brush stroke
or even an entire year of seasons in one brush stroke
• no experience or talent needed
• laughter and encouragement guaranteed

• see upcoming workshops/events

Art for the Nonartist

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Still suffering from the “I’m no good at art” syndrome. Maybe it’s time to recover! Reclaim your creative expression! Gentle, fun atmosphere with easy exploration of drawing in pencil, pastels, charcoal and watercolor. No talent is required. Meets concurrent with any painting class.

Chinese painting for parent and child
(offered by arrangement)

Opportunity for a child and a parent to explore together the traditions of Chinese landscape painting. Classes will include learning to grind ink, use brush and paper, learn basic forms (rock, tree, mountain), and have fun in the process. Some basics of Chinese calligraphy will be covered. Appropriate for children 6+.
(Class size limited to 6 students)

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Brush painting events

Bob also provides the opportunity for brush painting at special events, workshops, and school residencies.

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Bob participates in Target Family Days at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. These drop-in workshops provide 32 stations for calligraphy and painting with 3000-5000 participants over 7-hours.

Sometimes involving participants to paint the great river.
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China language day at MN Zoo.

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Mosaic Corporation Holiday event, Minneapolis, MN

Bob at Mosiac event

Bob at an Infiniti car dealership opening event, Cleveland, Ohio.

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Bob leading 48 8-year-old Chinese girls in exploring brush painting and creating a shared painting of the great river. Bob-at-culture-camp

• see upcoming workshops/events

• learn about performance brush painting

Contact Bob about classes and special events

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• examples of Bob’s painting

• examples of his graphic design

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