An Expression of Cultural Essence via Chinese Ink Painting
Shiu Pong College’s (SPC) last workshop on the essence series of traditional Chinese culture in the academic year of 2016 ~ 2017, was held on March 7, 2017, with a theme on Chinese ink painting that has a long history in ancient China. Ink painting requires very high skills in brush movements, releasing the beauty of ink on paper with different brush strokes.
SPC intended to offer the best possible learning experience for its students in the Ink painting workshop, by bringing in an experienced teacher in the area, Mr. XIE Jin Lin, from the Center of Arts at United International College (UIC) which is a higher educational institution formed by the Beijing Normal University and the Hong Kong Baptist University, in Zuhai. In order to enable SPCers to experience the spirit of ink- painting, and to appreciate the rhythm in formulating ink-strokes, SPC has perfected the preparation with venue paraphernalia in the art of ink painting.
On entering the workshop, one is inspired by the tidy lineup of the indispensable tool sets, including tables with ink, brushes, and stacks of painting papers. SPCers participating in the workshop were deeply impressed by Teacher XIE’s inspiring talk on the basics of Chinese ink-brush painting, its characteristics, varieties, and evolutions through different dynasties in ancient China.
Teacher XIE said, “To learn Chinese ink painting, it is not enough to understand its theories. You must experience it through your own hands before you can truly understand the joy in ink painting.” Teacher XIE’s simple reminder is full of meaning: Just like “Reading 10,000 books is not comparable to travelling 10,000 miles.” Many things in life are mostly remembered because of personal experiences. Teacher XIE demonstrated his skills in ink painting after the short talk, creating a picture of unfolding landscapes with layers of different colors – dark and light, as well as strokes of various thickness in ink.
Student participants were amazed by the artistic expressions of Teacher XIE’s brush strokes. Then came a time when Teacher XIE invited SPCers to try on their own. Many SPCers, upon this first-time encounter of Chinese ink painting, hesitated to put down their first strokes. Teacher XIE encouraged our students to feel at rest, by using their hearts to draw, releasing their inner pictures with guts, and paying less attention to details in the process. In less than an hour, under the facilitation of Teacher XIE, many ink paintings through students’ ink brushes appeared. These student paintings will soon be exhibited inside Shiu Pong College.
SPC intends to inspire SPCers with the essence of Chinese culture in this academic year, introducing four experiential learning workshops in the series, including Chinese etiquette, Chinese Gu-qin, Chinese costumes, and Chinese ink painting. Through learning the knowledge, the skills, and the attitude of traditional Chinese culture, it is hoped that SPCers are able to experience and appreciate the beauty and goodness of our Chinese cultural heritage.
Mr. Xie introduced the history of the development of ink painting in China
Mr. Xie demonstrating 謝錦麟老師示範作畫
Mr. Xie helps students to improve their work 謝錦麟老師幫學生改進作品
Prof. Leung presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Xie
Group Photos 全體參加者大合照