Creativity and Chinese Painting

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GDCV1107 AVA (3,3,0)
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What is the course about?

This is a studio-based course on Chinese painting, which is also known as national painting or ink painting. Students will familiarise themselves with basic techniques and critical concepts in practical way. Focusing on xieyi style (or freehand style), GDCV1107 aims to introduce students the methods of executing Chinese brush, ways of modeling forms in effective and efficient way, appreciation and interpretation of common subjects in Chinese painting, and implementation of artistic ideas through the process of painting. Museum, gallery or artist-studio visit(s) will be organised. No prior knowledge of Chinese art and culture is required.

The course will discuss visual examples from the tenth century of Imperial China to the 20th century of the Republican Era. Each course participant would study in depth the styles and the modes of expression developed by a selected group of old masters. In addition to stylistic and aesthetic analysis on paintings, the course will stress the students’ own artistic development and expression.

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Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.