Imagine telling your young ones about one ultimate rule: that there is no rule. Then watch, as their minds do wonders. Create the unimagined, go beyond the standard. What you need is Chinese freestyle painting.
Let them paint it red! Or even blue, or orange, because it’s free style and it’s colourful. They can forget tools and techniques, this is all about driving the passion to draw.
Chinese free style painting doesn’t need any prior experience or groundwork. It is done with a brush dipped in black or coloured ink. No drawn pictures or landscapes. It is one of the oldest artistic traditions in the world, and continues to inspire artists to be involved in painting by pouring out their mind.
Although the word “freestyle” suggests freedom it carries great inspirational science behind it.
The six elements listed below were established by Chinese writer Xie He, an art historian and critic from 5th century who defined the significance of this art form:
- “Spirit Resonance“, or vitality, which refers to the flow of energy that encompasses theme, work, and artist.
- “Bone Method“, or the way of using the brush, refers not only to texture and brush stroke, but also to the close link between handwriting and personality.
- “Correspondence to the Object“, or the depicting of form, which includes shape and line.
- “Suitability to Type“, or the application of colour, including layers, value, and tone.
- “Division and Planning“, or placing and arrangement, corresponding to composition, space, and depth.
- “Transmission by Copying“, or the copying of models, not from life only but also from the works of antiquity.
These inspirational elements will inspire you to try freestyle and paint anything you want. Perhaps sign up your child to join a guided workshop and unleash their creative side. The workshop shows them how to use minimal brush strokes and create beautiful images of flora and fauna using ink and watercolours on the thin rice paper. Instructor Ming Yeung helps them to explore freedom of expression through subtle techniques.
Starting July 5 through Aug 30 from 3 – 4:30pm, the Roundhouse will offer 9 sessions to children ages 7 – 12. Visit the registration page for costs and other details.
Which art inspires you and why? Please comment and share with us.
By Geetanjali Rohatgi, Roundhouse Blog Team. Geetanjali is a committed marketing analyst and an MBA graduate with three years of success in delivering strategic direction and planning to assist various companies to achieve their marketing goals. She now works as a social media enthusiast on creating strategies to promote businesses on different social media platforms. A recent arrival to Canada, she is excited to share her unique perspective of Vancouver and the Roundhouse.