Syllabus

Course ID: 2DPA226 1
Course Credit: 1.5
Schedule: Wed. through Sun., January 13-17, 2010, 9AM to 3:30PM
Location: South 209, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Instructor: Prof. Honglei Li

Course Description

Chinese brush painting, with its emphasis on the beauty of simplicity, flowing brush strokes and graceful designs, reflects time-honored principles of Chinese philosophy and culture. Practicing Chinese brush painting helps one quiet the mind and expand creative self-expression and discipline. In class, students will learn to handle Chinese brushes with ink and color, execute brush strokes correctly and artistically, and control the ink flow and load the brush correctly with five shades of inks. Students will learn the method of painting landscape, flower and bird with Chinese brush. The principle of composition in Chinese painting will be introduced through class practice. The class also introduces the basic knowledge of the philosophies and artistic intents associated with Chinese culture. Slide lecture on the development of Chinese art and culture will be provided during the class.

Class Schedule

Jan 13: slides show and presentation on the development and significance of Chinese brush painting. Introducing how to handle Chinese brushes with ink and color, execute brush strokes correctly and artistically, and control the ink flow and load the brush correctly with five shades of inks.
Readings:
I. Chinese Painting Basics.pdf
II. The Four Treasures of A Studio.pdf
III. Getting Started with Chinese Brush Painting.pdf

Jan 14: practicing the method of painting flower and bird.
Readings:
IV. Categories and Styles.pdf
V. Composition and Space.pdf
VI. Color Loading.pdf

Jan 15: Introducing and practicing Chinese Xie Yi painting
Reading: VII. Six Laws

Jan 16: painting a landscape with Chinese traditional aesthetic composition.
Jan 17: completing the landscape painting and group critique on students’ works.

Materials Check List

3 brush with wolf hair (number three, five, and middle size)
3 brush with goat hair (large, middle, and small sizes)
ink stick, 1 bottle of Chinese ink and ink stone
brush rests
1 roll of rice paper
Chinese or Japanese pigments
Porcelain Bowls and Plates
1 blanket

Grading

Your final grade will be based on the following:
Attendance
Effort in class work
Quality of homework
Timely completion of assignments
Participation in class discussion and critiques
Final portfolio


A - Truly outstanding work on all levels, including ideation, design, and execution, as well as attendance, participation and discussion.
B - Strong, above-average work in all areas. Projects must work well and be based on a good idea; you must participate and attend regularly.
C - Average work. Any one of the following may earn you a "C": non-functioning projects, frequent absences or lateness, work complete after the due date, or lack of participation.
D - Poor work. A "D" on any area of your work should be considered a warning flag.
F - Unacceptable.

Requirements

Regular attendance
Effort and preparedness
Appropriate materials
Participation in critiques
On-time completion of all assignments
Students are expected to be active participants in class discussions and critiques. Demonstrations that are missed because of student absence will not be repeated.