Chinese Brush Painting Sumi-e Online Art Course (C10)

Tutored by Monika Cilmi BA, MA, PGCE.

The Chinese Brush Painting Course is a Certificate Course

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 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.

Click on the link below to begin your oriental studies today.

Chinese brush painting, koi, sumi-e course

Student Artwork (detail) by Senur Bicer

Course Prices

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Critiques online or via Regular Mail

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 by Alex Hughes

Student Artwork (detail) by Alex Hughes

Tutor Support

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 by Christine Towell

Student Artwork (detail) by Christine Towell

Duration and Experience

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.

Course Content

The following is an overview of some of the areas that are covered in the course.

Media: Equipment used

Subject: Areas covered

Techniques: Skills developed

Chinese / Japenese brushes
Chinese / Japenese ink
Ink stone & ink stick
Where to buy materials:
The Japan Centre
The Sidewinder Studio

Plum blossom
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
Basic calligraphy

Samples pages from this course

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Sample Images from the course

Below are a few images from the course itself illustrated by tutor and artist Monika Cilmi.

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

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