On Saturday 5th November, a range of students (from Year 7 at Alderman White, who are learning Mandarin to Y11 from both schools) together with staff, parents and families from the Nottingham Chinese School, attended a special workshop on the art of Chinese brush painting.
After his first lesson at the Bramcote College for our Year 12 students, Jiang Hongsheng, a renowned Chinese artist, was delighted to offer this second workshop to a wider audience. With Mr Jiang’s expert and inspirational tuition, the participants wasted no time in trying their hand at drawing a beautiful peony using the special Chinese paint and brushes.
The start is always a little difficult but after a while, dozens of peonies started to blossom on the Xuan paper. Pink, purple, red, peach, rose… all kinds of different colour petals appeared here and there. Many students were excited and eagerly showed their paintings to everyone, it was amazing to see how many had focused on the smallest details. The way in which everyone helped each other was a striking aspect of the workshop while Mr Jiang provided invaluable advice to everyone who wanted to improve and develop their technique.
At the end of the workshop, everyone had produced a work of art to be proud of ---- some of them even managed two! This is amazing when you consider it was the first time for most of them had used Chinese painting brush!