Summer is here, and irises and peonies are displaying their beauty in our gardens. To enjoy them more, let’s learn how to express our appreciation of their beauty in the traditional Chinese way, with brushes, ink, and delicate colors. We will use more color in this class and continue exploring how to better control the use of water.
Chinese traditional painting is based on the use of brushes, ink and Chinese painting colors on rice paper. It is mainly divided into figures, flowers, birds, and landscapes. Traditional Chinese painting uses subjects to convey artistic ideas and thought. It is about three aspects of the universe and human life: figure painting represents human society and interpersonal relationships; landscape painting the relationship between human beings and nature, where man and nature are portrayed in harmony as an organic whole. Flowers and birds represent nature, in harmony with people. Artistic expression stimulates philosophical thinking about human being. These three aspects suggest a universal whole, bringing out the best in each other and convey the true meaning of art as art.
We’ll need a minimum of 4 attendees to hold the class.
About your instructor: Nanfei Wang
Born in the Tonghua City, Jilin Province, People’s Republic of China, Nanfei Wang is a trained artist with a fine arts degree from Northeast Normal University, Changchun, Jilin, and an MFA in painting, drawing, and sculpture from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She has shown is numerous exhibitions and has received many awards for her work in a variety of mediums.
Nanfei has been painting since she was 5 years old when a family friend bought her an item she had pointed to in a store. What she thought was a red wrapping of candy turned out to be watercolor paint. The friend bought the red color and all other basic colors, along with a paintbrush.
Please visit her website at http://www.wangnanfei.com
My artwork is guided by my interest in everyday human relationships and human reactions. It’s about myself, my center. It’s about the environment I find around me, and who I am. I think constantly about the events in my life, places I have been to and the people I have known. Images of beautiful and ugly things play over and over again in my mind just like a movie or pages from a diary.
My works are grounded in a perspective of my individual being as it is affected by my relationships to the environments I find myself in and the people I find myself among. This includes my being a female Chinese artist in China and the United States of America.
My works are based on sociological and anthropological approaches as revealed in my work. Basic myths and stories are found everywhere in all cultures, and I have found them in the Chinese and U.S. cultures I have experienced. But I also believe people have individual identities, essential cores of personality, and I try to reveal these in my paintings. I often capture aspects of relationships of which my subjects may not be aware. In my work, I combine my analyses of their interactions with a broad acceptance of the subjects’ depths of human emotions. I paint others as distinct individuals, in poses that are natural to them. This involves their social standing, what has happened in their lives, and aspects of their character.