Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Typical motifs in Chinese brush painting include flowers, birds, animals and landscapes. But even more important than the visual image is the message behind the painting: it expresses the inner spirit of the subject or the feelings of the artist. Most Chinese paintings have a calligraphic inscription, such as a saying, beautiful poem, or poetic description of the subject. Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink. The style and technique of Chinese painting have varied greatly over the years - from very detailed portraits to paintings of flowers executed with large brush strokes. Such variations have given rise to a rich and broad tradition with room for personal experimentation and development.
Mrs. Tsai grew up in Taiwan where she was exposed to the richness of Chinese culture. Josephine received her Natural Science degree at Fuzen Catholic University. In the last 30 years, she has been an achieved businessperson. However, art-related works, especially Chinese watercolor painting, have always been her first love. She received private instruction from several well-known masters of Chinese art, but she considers Mother Nature to be the greatest teacher. Her works often combine three distinct styles of Chinese painting, the Realistic style, the Spontaneous style and the Ink Splashed style, allowing the positive aspects of each to create a lively impression. As one of the founders of the Chinese Brush Painters and Calligraphers Society in America, and a member of Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Josephine devotes much of her time to studying, sharing and practicing Chinese art. For more information about her, visit her website: http://www.taoofbrush.com.
Chinese calligraphy and ink and wash painting are closely related, since they are accomplished using similar tools and techniques. Chinese painting and calligraphy distinguish themselves from other cultural arts because they emphasize motion and are charged with dynamic life. The calligraphy of Chinese characters is an important and appreciated aspect of Chinese culture. Chinese calligraphy is normally regarded as one of the "arts" in the countries where it is practiced.
As a discipline, calligraphy is, at the basic level, a pursuit -- 書法 (Chinese: shūfǎ), "the rules of writing Han characters" -- focused on writing well. Students aim to obtain the writing characteristics of exemplary pieces of writing.
Dr. Hsu started practicing calligraphy with a strong interest at the age of 7. His mission is to introduce then populate this art to general audiences through speeches, posters, live demonstrations, and hands-on tutorials. To be specific, he will be talking about Chinese calligraphy’s history as well as the script evolution for the past several thousand years; Also, the essential tools used in Chinese calligraphy, from how to select, to how to maintain the tools used, as well as a detailed explanation of writing Chinese calligraphy properly and elegantly, starting from the anatomy of each different stroke.
In Creative Design and Drawing class, students will develop their drawing ability, visualization and thinking creativity. Through visualization exercises, memory, thinking, reaction and creativity will achieve a higher state. In this class, students will be inspired to change the way of thinking/reading on the subject and topic. By using varieties of materials, students will have a better understand on the subject of light and dark, three-dimensional, space, material, texture, composition and enhance their ability to express their topic and creative thinking. Students will have fun and participate in various visual arts activities, through lines, geometric shapes, color to develop concentration, inspiration, and creativity. Students will be coached and encouraged to participate in Art Competition so that they can apply their learning and appreciate the process of planning, inspiration and "completion" of art works/design
Mr. Cho is a Graphic Designer and Artist. He specializes in fine Art, graphic design, web design and offer design services to businesses of all sizes around the world, ultimately improving their bottom line by crafting creative solutions to their business problems. Chih‐Hung’s portfolios are selected and awarded in many competitions (台灣 全省美展, Taiwan Province Art Exhibition, 國軍 文藝金像獎, CorelDraw, Epson, Art exhibition in Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung) including Fine Art (Chinese Painting, Oil/Water painting…, etc.), graphic design and web design.