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Artwork by Liane Baber

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Outside UK / NI


Instalments (UK / NI Only)

£295.00 in 4 instalments at £73.75 each

Chinese Brush Painting Sumi-e Online Art Course

Tutored by Monika Cilmi BA, MA, PGCE.

The Chinese Brush Painting Course is a Certificate Course

The expected duration of this course is approximately 6 months although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies. This course is suitable for all students.

Immerse yourself in the beautiful oriental art of Chinese Brush Painting. Study with a professional artist as your guide on our Chinese Brush Painting Course from the London Art College.

With its sweeping lines and haunting, fragile style, this ancient oriental art form is a fantastic subject of study. With our expert tuition, advice and support, you can learn the intricacies and delicacies of this wonderful painting technique.

Also known as Sumi-e (in Japanese) or Shui-mo Hua (in Chinese), it is the art of using simple and effortless brush strokes to give an impression of a figure or scene. It’s an artform quite unlike any other, with an evocative and exquisite look that is inspired by the sweeping curves of nature.

Although delicate in its execution, Sumi-e is deceptively difficult to master. Taught by oriental art specialist Monica Cilmi, this detailed and comprehensive  written course will teach you everything you need to know about oriental brushwork and character study.

It's a correspondence course so you're free to paint, learn and enjoy the work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.

There are few art-forms that are as rewarding or fascinating than Sumi-e. As part of the course, you'll learn the history and origin of this fascinating technique. You'll also get the chance to share your work with other enthusiasts and get feedback on your work.

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private section in The Art Room.

Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. If you do not have facilities to upload your artwork, you can mail your artwork to the tutors centre and receive your artwork back with your critique. It is essential you label all packages/artwork with your student number.

Student Artwork (detail) by Alex Hughes

All our courses are written to be complete in themselves. However we realise that students may appreciate being able to get clarification about various things as they work through their programme as well wanting reassurance that they are putting techniques into practice effectively. The tutors provide the technical support to deal with relevant queries.

Most courses have their own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. The student is encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique.

The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

Student Artwork (detail) by Christine Towell
Media: Equipment used Subject: Areas covered Techniques: Skills developed
  • Chinese / Japenese brushes
  • Chinese / Japenese ink
  • Ink stone & ink stick
  • Where to buy materials:
    The SAA
    The Japan Centre
    The Sidewinder Studio
  • Bamboo
  • Plum blossom
  • Orchids
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Rocks, flowers
  • Birds, insects
  • Fish, landscapes
  • Use of Oriental tools and approaches
  • Control of the brush
  • Using the ink
  • Simplicity as a for of beauty
  • Composition
  • Basic calligraphy

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Below are a few images from the course itself.

Learn the intricacies and delicacies of Oriental Brushwork with the Chinese Brush Painting Course.

An excellent tutor who gave very good feedback and tips. Thank you for the course.

E Arthur

Thank you so very much for your feedback to my first attempt. I have to say that you have really inspired me with your comments. I am very fond of all things oriental.

J Buckley

Thank you very much for your kind, positive and encouraging words about my first set of works.

A Munoz Munoz