Joshua Hough's Chinese Painting, Sumi-e & Calligraphy Classes in Dallas, Texas
 

本網頁將依學生人數及進度陸續更新 上回更新 Updated: 05/27/2015

Email: ArtsAndVirtue@MSN.com         Phone  

1. Introduction 

前言  宗旨  教學內容

2. Tuitions, Schedules & Locations

課程   學費

3. Purchase Supplies

購買文房四寶   畫具

4. Newsletters 

最新動態


5
. Group Classes or Demo

   展覽   行程

6. Pictures

活動照片

 


1. Introduction  ( 前言 宗旨 教學內容 )

Thank you for visiting my Webpage. It has been my dearest wish to promote Chinese Calligraphy (Shufa) and Chinese Brush Painting (CBP) and to share the artistic beauty and joy. In learning Shufa and CBP, one's age, talent, expensive tools, language experiences, cultural or art background may not be more important than one's attitude, guidance, and methodologies. One of my teachers actually started calligraphy seriously after age 30. Among the painting masters of the Yuan Dynasty, Huang Gongwang started to paint at age 59!

For students who do not know enough Mandarin, basic instructions (stroke sequences, pronunciation in Pinyin or Zhuyin, and basic meanings) of each Chinese character may be provided. Our classes do not provide Mandarin conversations and writing sentences in Chinese, except for poems or literatures used in calligraphy and CBP inscriptions. The goals of our classes are to share effective and efficient techniques to write Chinese calligraphy beautifully and/or to paint CBP joyfully and artistically, and to share the longevity benefits of practicing Chinese calligraphy.

 

感謝您光臨本書法、國畫教室網頁。來美國十多年來,有個弘願希望能把中國書法在海外推展開來,亦使中華文化在海外脈絡相傳、延綿不絕。

上世紀因西方文化及時代變遷加上電腦的衝擊,書法曾一度日趨勢微,在海外亦不受重視。然而正當全球"中文熱"及大陸的經濟及文化興起之際,書法已悄悄地在我們炎黃子孫的血液裡再度地火熱起來。讀者可由中國書法網書法江湖等網站目睹這一文化復興事實的來臨將可為中華民族藝術、文化、及政經再造福祉。

雖然多數成年人一談到書法時常感嘆"以前沒學好""不知道怎麼用毛筆""不知如何欣賞",但這並不代表沒有寫字的藝術天份,其實只是沒有門路或良師啟蒙罷了。我的一位高中國文老師資成都先生國學造詣深厚,於書法更是五體兼備。資老師自幼貧困失怙。有一次他告訴我,小時後沒接受正式的書法教育, 他三十多歲以後才比較有系統地開始習書法。可見學習書法並不受年齡的限制。(詳見個人簡介)

筆者於書法之道略有領悟。書法之妙可分為筆法、心法兩大領域。秉持三位恩師之教誨,希望為海外書法教育盡點微薄之力。開班授課不分年齡、階層、文化背景。望各界前賢後進賜教與交流。  

 

宗旨

 

本書法教室適合對書法愛好者啟發興趣、並希望配合海外華語教學發揚固有文化。亦著重於培養專業書法人員作好文化傳承。使

學員身、心、靈俱全,德、智、體兼修。 國畫班乃著重在書法用筆用墨的基礎上表現中國畫特有的神韻與意境,使詩

相得益彰。  

 


教學內容

歡迎參觀指教

播放後請點擊 YouTube 視頻兩次, 即可全螢幕觀看

 

書法

 

 

國畫班

 


上課以循序漸進、深入淺出、生動活潑方式進行,使學生能興趣盎然、自動自發、勤於練習。學生可依個人喜好由唐楷 歐陽詢顏真卿柳公權隸書、或魏碑入門。有書法基礎者亦可選擇其他字體。描紅及練習範本將依學生各別程度及所學字體特別設計。

楷書及書法基本常識

 

墨竹 (Bamboos as featured in sf108 )

書法與國畫用筆用墨的基礎及關聯性

國畫欣賞 基本常識

山水 筆法 皴法 章法

 工筆畫 寫意畫 (人物,山水,鳥皆可)

 

各式書體

 


各式題材 基本訓練

芥子園畫傳  在中國畫壇上,流傳廣泛,影響深遠,孕育名家,施惠無涯者,《芥子園畫譜》(亦稱《芥子園畫傳》)當之無愧,它是一部中國傳統繪畫的經典課本。近代現代一些畫壇名家如黃賓虹、齊白石、潘天壽等,都把《芥子園畫譜》作為進修的範本。

馬駘畫寶

三希堂畫譜

 

隸書及書法基本常識

 

 

題款 用印

工筆人物畫: 古典 及 現代

 

 


What Will Be Taught for Most Beginners?

After playing, please double click the YouTube video to view in full screen.

 

Chinese Calligraphy Chinese Brush Painting & Sumi-e
Kaishu & Basics as introduced in the playlist

 


 

Definition & Approaches of Sumi-e:

www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/572102/suiboku-ga

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sumi-e

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumi-e 

 



Bamboos as featured in sf108

Chinese calligraphy brush techniques on CBP

Appreciation of CBP

 

Basic Strokes & Sequences for commonly used Chinese characters

楷書筆劃順序 

 

Various subjects from 

Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manual

Many famous CBP masters have devoted their time learning from this Manual. The English version sold on Amazon only contains part of the Manual from  芥子園畫傳. Personally I have collected five different versions. It's said that if one spends enough time studying this eternal Manual, one can paint anything and any objects of CBP.

Lishu 隸書

 

Landscape & Figures

Sumi-e (water and ink paintings, or with light colors)

Other Asian Brush Painting Topics

MORE DETAILS & SAMPLES WILL BE ADDED. 

 

 

 

國畫強調基本模組及各種題材基本訓練

Figures, Landscapes, and Flowers & Birds:

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Tuitions, Schedules, and Locations ( 課程   學費 )

 


Class A
( A
)

Every Other Sunday Classes

每隔一星期日下午書畫

 


Class B
( B
)

Short-Term Eight-Week Classes

每期 8 週書畫班

 

Any temporary change of class schedules and/or locations will be updated here, please do press F5 to refresh the newest updates whether your browser will or will not automatically refresh. Joshua is not responsible if your browser on the computer or in the cell phone does not reflect the updates which might cause you to come to the class at the wrong date or time.

The correct date, time, and location of each class will be announed in class each time, and emailed again to students on Thursday nights prior to classes. Please do make sure that you do not go to the wrong classroom at the wrong time on the wrong date whether there is a change or not. Joshua is not responsible for students' missed classes due to misunderstanding in prior classes. So whenever you come back to this Webpage, please do press F5 on your keyboard. Please also feel free to email or text me if you are not sure of the date and time.

Beginning in May 2015, all our Saturday classes will be moved to Sundays since Joshua is working on MBA in Accounting after having earned M.S. in Accounting. My accounting classes are on Saturdays. However, I still have some Saturday afternoons available for private or small group lessons by appointments only. Our Saturday classes at DCCC will be resumed in mid 2016 or so.

請學生留意日期時間,不要走錯教室及時間。常有剛來的學生走錯教室,恕不負責。

查詢確認正確的上課日期與時間,應該以本網頁及星期四晚上的電郵或簡訊為準。如有任何時間日期調整,本網頁即時更新,請您在參觀本網頁時,注意一定要按鍵盤上的 F5 鍵 (Refresh, Reload, Update) 以即時更新內容否則您所讀的資訊可能是過時的,以致走錯教室及時間,恕不負責。(電腦基本常識: 有時候因為設定或記憶體不夠等原因,電腦會在硬碟讀取之前暫存的網頁,而懶得去網上讀取即時更新的網頁,這時候如果沒有按更新鍵 F5 ,就很有可能會讀到過時的資訊。)

 

目前採用書法班及國畫班同一教室及時段. 可任選書法或國畫, 亦可兼學. 大人、小孩、初學、進階皆可.

30 分鐘由我與同學分享書法及國畫基本常識作品書籍歷史 典故技法理論等題材內容不拘 ( 每堂課固定一兩個相關題材 )包羅萬象不論初學與否深入淺出力求與當日同學練習題材相關透過故事般的講述使同學能從中啟發多了解用筆用墨結構氣韻以強化事半功倍練習功效培養主動練習的習慣持之以恆  

Teaching Approaches:
There will be common and different topics for each group of calligraphy and painting. Currently, the calligraphy and painting groups are practicing in the same class at the same time.

For the first thirty minutes of each class, I may start a common topic related to both calligraphy & CBP, such as sharing a mounted wall scroll, showing a beautiful inkstone and discussing the grinding ink process, discussing over one or two art books, (depending on individual's progress) introducing some brush theories related to moving our brushtips and hands, and some other general  and specific topics. These related topics may give you some inspiration for your practice of the day. You don't need to worry whether you are first-time comers, novice or absolute beginners. The topics, like sharing stories, will be fun, inspiring, and insightful.

 


Place: Dallas Chinese Community Center (DCCC)

達拉斯華人活動中心

www.dallasccc.org/contact-us/

For inquiries, please call Joshua directly at

DCCC does not answer questions about calligraphy or painting.

任何問題可與我本人電話 詢問

華人活動中心只提供場地, 不回答書畫問題

 

Place: Elite Art Center

汪大衛先生  菁英文化中心  

www.tpcaausa.org/index.html 

 

 

Address: 400 N Greenville Ave #12
Richardson , Texas 75081 
Located in the middle of Richardson China Town, near Beltline and Central 75 

理察遜中國城中間, 與川王府餐廳同一排

Address: 902 Saint Paul
Richardson, Texas 75080  
(Just a quarter mile off Central 75 and Spring Valley, next to Tam's Restaurant.)

 

Classroom: No. 2 behind the stage, next to conference room

舞台後面那間小教室, 會議廳的隔壁

 

 

Classroom: Second floor, or Conference Room on first floor (whichever is available) ( 二樓大廳或一樓會議廳 - 視當天活動空間而定 )

 

DCCC Class Schedules 華人活動中心上課日期

Basically, we meet every other Saturday 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

You will be notified if there is a change via e-mail or text messages. You are welcome to call, text, or email me to verify class date and time. These schedules are subject to change if Joshua has a public demonstration on the same time.

If due to special events at DCCC and there is no classroom available, we will move to Elite Art Center on that date only.

An e-mail notification is sent on every other Thursday night for each Saturday class. You don't need to reply. If you are not coming, you may let me know so I can allocate and reserve the learning materials beforehand for your next class.

由於本人會計工作業務與進修課程在這三個月以來特別緊密,加上達拉斯書法國畫活動特別多,天氣一直不穩定,華人活動中心禮拜六下午書法國畫課一再更動,曾一度暫時改成禮拜天下午。

今預定81號以後,恢復在禮拜六下午3點到5點的上課時間,仍固定為隔週一次。

Because of my various schedules of accounting work and studies, calligraphy and painting events and other classes, and the unstable weather in Dallas, our class at DCCC was changed to Sunday afternoon in May. 

We plan to resume our regular classes at DCCC every other Saturday 3:00-5:00PM beginning on August 1, 2015.

So there will not be any classes in June and July.

 

      October & other months to be added...

No classes in December, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Chinese New Year's Day.

上課日期如有疑問, 若隨時有變更, 請回此網頁確認

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elite Class Schedules 菁英中心上課日期:

You will be notified if there is a change via e-mail or text messages. You are welcome to call, text, or email me to verify class date. These schedules are subject to change if Joshua has a public demonstration on the same time.

Currently recruiting students - up to 10 students maximum. For those who join later after this program begins, prorated tuition is available. 

已經開課: 陸續招生中. 稍晚加入的學生,可按比例繳交學費

星期日下午 3:30 - 5:30 PM, 連續上兩週, 休息一週, 如此循環. 8 .

若缺席,不可到A班補課. 菁英藝術中心規定: 缺席照算學費.

Any absences are forfeited and non-refundable.

No make up classes at Elite or DCCC.

如果星期日遇到 示範 展覽 行程 ,即調整上課日期.

March 22    3:30-5:30 PM     Tuition is 8 x $15 = $120 if joining this day.

March 29    3:30-5:30 PM     7 x $15

one week off

April 12      3:30-5:30 PM     6 x $15

April 19      3:30-5:30 PM     5 x $15

one week off

May 3         3:30-5:30 PM     Tuition is 4 x $15 = $60 if joining this day.

May 10       No class (Mothers' Day)

May 17       No class (Inclement weather)

May 24       3:30-5:30 PM     3 x $15

May 31       3:30-5:30 PM     2 x $15

one week off

June 7       No class (Demo at www.dfwdragonboatfestival.com/)

You are welcome to visit my calligraphy/painting booth.

I am demonstrating there from 9AM to 5PM.

因為天氣的關係,龍舟節活動改為6月7號舉行

 

June 14       3:30-5:30 PM     1 x $15

FOR A TOTAL OF EIGHT WEEKS.  

This session ends. 

Next session begins in early August.

大家休息兩個月,進階續下一期八週書畫班.

Short-Term Eight-Week Classes are offered two or three times a year at Elite Art Center.

 

 

Tuitions: 

Chinese Brush Painting & Sumi-e and/or Chinese Calligraphy (Same tuition)

$15 per class x 12 classes = $180 one payment. (with a free gift)

Cash, check, or credit card.

一期 12 堂課 共 $180

 

(No need to set up PayPal account; just enter credit card number.)

12 classes to be used in 8 months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuitions: 

Chinese Brush Painting & Sumi-e and/or Chinese Calligraphy (Same tuition)

Cash, check, or credit card.

(No need to set up PayPal account; just enter credit card number.)

$15 x 8 weeks = $120 to be collected in the first class.  

每期8堂課, 學費 $120 = 8 x $15

稍晚加入的學生,可按比例繳交學費.

For those who join later after this program begins, prorated tuition is available. 

No installment.

No trial lessons. (Observation is welcome, but no practice and participation.)

To purchase supplies, please visit Purchase Supplies before coming to the first class.


Tuition + calligraphy tools and supplies:

If you pay online in advance for a total of $165 ($120 tuition plus $45 calligraphy tools and supplies), Joshua will purchase all necessary calligraphy tools and supplies for a first-time calligraphy student without prior experience.  

 

 

For first-time new students: no single payment of $15 for each class. Chinese calligraphy and Chinese Brush Painting have been developing over 3000 years. These are not the arts that a person can simply try once or twice and be satisfied with the results. Even if you want to learn either of those simply as a hobby, you should spend certain periods of time to study and learn instead of just coming to class for once or twice. 不收單次付費初學者。

 

 

For returning students only: After completing at least two Tuition Plans or Sessions at either DCCC or Elite, a returning student may pay $15 for each visit to improve techniques. 上過兩期的學生,可隨時回來加強技法,可單次付費 $15

 

Class Policies:

欲加入本書畫班 ( A) 請先電郵 ArtsAndVirtue@MSN.com  

或電話 告知


For First-Time Students Only @ DCCC

Join any time when seats are available. New comers may borrow the instructor's brushes and tools during the first class. If you are coming for the first time, it's better that you email or call me first. So I can arrange space, tools, and supplies for you. 

頭次來 A的同學可借用本班文房四寶及用具 

 

文房四寶, 可到 購買文房四寶 及 畫具 查詢或直接到達華書局購買.


國畫同學 請先過目 基本國畫用具概念

( 您的儘早配合就是造福其他同學與您的學習進度. 請勿托延! )

 

Class Policies:

Please do contact Joshua by texting, email, or phone before coming to the first class. Otherwise, I may not have learning materials ready or extra tools and supplies for you to practice.

欲加入本書畫班 ( B) 請先電郵 ArtsAndVirtue@MSN.com  

或電話 告知

No make-up classes if absent. Students are not allowed to make up missed classes in Class A at DCCC. Any absences are forfeited and non-refundable.

若缺席,不可到 A班補課. 菁英藝術中心規定: 缺席照算學費.

上課前, 請自備文房四寶, 可到 購買文房四寶 及 畫具 查詢或直接到達華書局購買.


若繳費$165 = 8 x $15 + $45 ( 書法文房四寶及字帖一本, 可全由何老師代購包辦. )  


國畫用具: 可到 購買文房四寶 及 畫具 直接購買

( 何老師代購包辦國畫用具 -  您的儘早配合就是造福其他同學與您的學習進度. 請勿托延! )

 

Mandatory policy: Each student must have a piece of wool felt before starting to practice. No exceptions. 

Using a wool felt as a cushion underneath your writing and/or painting paper will prevent ink and/or watercolor staining the table. If you don't have a wool felt, you may purchase a black one from Joshua for $5 (cash only; no check; no credit card) as seen in www.art-virtue.com/class/TOOLS/Shufa/WoolFelt.JPG or Purchase Supplies.

Either black or white wool felt will be acceptable, or you may purchase from www.orientalartsupply.com/product/606/8 or local stores. If you don't have a wool felt, you will be responsible for cleaning the stains after classes, and/or any unrecoverable damages/stains to the tables, especially plastic white tables. Having a wool felt is the traditional and polite way to practice. We will not start writing and painting until you have a piece of wool felt ready. Newspaper and another sheet of paper will not be allowed, i.e., I will not show you brushstrokes until you have a wool felt.

If you forget to bring your wool felt, you need to purchase another one in class for $10!

  

*** 教室最基本規矩: 黑色或白色羊毛毯子 ***

每位學生前來上課的時候,必須具備一塊羊毛毯子,墊在書法、國畫紙底下,以防弄黑桌子。如果沒有羊毛毯,可向何老師購買,每塊 $5只收現金。

也可以上課前到書店或者購買文房四寶 及 畫具所列網站上購買。

如果您沒有一個羊毛毯,您必須對弄髒的桌子負責清理。

如果桌子被水彩顏料或是黑色墨汁沾到而無法復原的話,您將負責賠償。

學生不可用報紙或另外一張書畫紙墊底,如此規定是對房東的尊重,也是尊重您的書品、畫品、及學習態度

上課忘記帶或沒羊毛毯, 只能聽課, 對不起: 沒有示範,也沒有當場練習。可向何老師購買,每塊 $10

 

 

Materials:

New comers at DCCC may borrow the instructor's brushes and tools during the first class but are required to buy and own their tools for the second class. 

It's required for new comers to browse Purchase List of Supplies before coming to the first class in order to know what the tools and supplies are. Your cooperation will improve your and every classmate's progress. Procrastinating will only waste your time and money and other classmates' progress.

您的儘早配合就是造福其他同學與您的學習進度. 請勿托延! 

托延只會浪費自己學費及大家的進度 

項目、商店、大約費用全部列表在 購買文房四寶 及 畫具

 

 

Materials:

您的儘早配合就是造福其他同學與您的學習進度. 請勿托延!

托延只會浪費自己學費及大家的進度 

上課前, 請自備文房四寶, 可到 購買文房四寶 及 畫具 查詢

或直接到達華書局購買. *** 毛筆基本常識 ***

項目、商店、大約費用全部都在 購買文房四寶 及 畫具

For painting and calligraphy (especially painting), please visit Purchase Supplies to make your own purchases before coming to first class. Your cooperation will improve your and every classmate's progress. Procrastinating will only waste your time and money and other classmates' progress.

 

 

 

 

Transfer Policy: 

"20155月以後才加入"華人活動中心書畫班的學生, 如果因為禮拜天的行程,

必須改到下午 3:30 pm 在菁英中心上課的話, 將另外收取行政費 $30.

Only for those enrolled after May 2015:

If a student who enrolled at DCCC needs to change schedule to be in class at 3:30pm at Elite Art Center before the Tuition Plan is completely used, there will be one time administration fee of $30. 

 

 

 

Transfer Policy:

菁英中心的8週書畫班不能轉到華人活動中心.

The student cannot transfer credits and classes to DCCC. 

Any absences are forfeited and non-refundable.


For students who have finished a Short-Term Eight-Week Session at Elite and are still eager to learn but cannot wait till the next Session begins, the student may come to Joshua's classes at DCCC and pay $15 each time (if seats are available.)

 

 

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3. Purchase Supplies for Chinese Calligraphy & Chinese Brush Painting  

- 購買文房四寶及畫具 - 項目、商店、大約費用詳細列表   

Choosing appropriate brushes is very critical for a beginner. To avoid the risk of buying a bad brush, I may choose some for you from the following vendors or bring some for sale in class. (If you own so-called bad brushes, keep them because they can be used for excellent effects of Textures in CBP.)

Watercolor brushes and Indian ink will not be suitable for practicing Chinese calligraphy and painting. You have to use authentic Chinese calligraphy and painting tools and supplies. When you see supplies from non-Chinese stores, do not be misled by the labels that say "Oriental", "Authentic Chinese xxxx xxxxx", and "Traditional Chinese xxxxxx", because most native Chinese know that some of those products are not authentic even if they are made in China or Taiwan.

It's not required to have exactly the same tools and supplies as listed below. But if you are willing to bring to class your tools and supplies similar to (or the same as) those listed below, it's more efficient to share more instructions as related to timing, space, measuring width and length, and other "detailed" art techniques. So your progress will be very effective in a short time with the most efficient use of your money. I am happy to share with you the unique functions of each tool and material as related to brush techniques in different levels. I have compiled two charts for calligraphy supplies and painting supplies based on the ideas of money saving, optimization, strategic planning, operation research, and my experiences in Chinese brush arts for about 40 years. ( 以下文房四寶及畫具列表,本著替您省錢、省時、提高學習效率、及利己利人的方針所設計。 先買列在上面的最好用最划算 )

Don't worry. Just relax and follow instructions and simply treat the following charts as your shopping list. (To save time for more instructions in class, some information presented here may not be repeated again in class. But I will explain to you in details in class why some aspects of certain items are preferred for the sake of art techniques and why oftentimes those "little things" such as paper weights, brush rests, napkins, and pencils are critical in making huge progress but are often neglected.

國畫同學 請先過目 基本國畫用具概念 Chinese Painting Tools & Materials

 

 

 

Stores (Owners) Abbreviations 
(as used in class)
Addresses Notes

紫禁城ForbiddenCity2008
(Robert Bo)

 Robert

薄先生

 

214-458-9930

http://stores.ebay.com/bigteapotbrushjadedressestore

When you see an item from his e-Bay stores, tell him your wish list first, then arrange a pick up time from his house located near Coit & 15th Street in Plano. 

Please don't ask him technical questions of art since Robert does not do calligraphy or painting.

As of 05/27/2015 , Robert is just too busy to manage his teapot store on e-Bay so he lists very few CalligraPainting items online. In fact, he has huge inventories.

 

Open daily by appointment. Possibly lowest wholesale prices on average in the U.S.  

達華書局

China Books & Arts Bookstore 

(Susan / Jason Liu)

 the Bookstore

 

Their new store is located in front of 99 Ranch Supermarket in Plano (Northwest corner of 75 and Spring Creek)

 

Dollars in RMB x 30% or 40%  is about fair prices in USD.

The owner, Jason who works in another store, is a skillful and knowledgeable painter. He knows many sources of CBP. Susan has little knowledge about CBP.

Top Copy

 Bill Lu

 

Located in northwest corner of Independence and 15th Street in Plano.

(972) 599-2679

 

 

CBP and calligraphy four treasures imported from Taiwan. Most of the square inkstones with lids are sold from Bill.

 

Oriental Art Supply

 OAS

 

www.orientalartsupply.com/

To assist you to choose needed tools and supplies and to save shipping cost, please discuss with me. If you order on Monday, you may receive your order by Friday. OAS is currently one of the most comprehensive stores of CBP supplies in the U.S. and has the longest history since 1970.

 

 

Hobby Lobby

 Hobby Lobby

 

900A West 15th Street, Plano 75075

(469) 467-6018

They have a small section of CBP supplies. Stars indicate items that we might need.

 

Close at 8 PM and on Sundays

Asel Art Supply

 Asel

 

2929 Custer Road, Plano 75075

(972) 596-0123

 

 

Joann Fabric & Crafts

 Joann

 

700 Alma Drive, Plano 75075

(972) 424-0011

 

Next to Collin Creek Mall

 

  Please pay attention to "or" and "and/or" between similar items in the left column.  

  Those listed first or on top are preferred to those listed later or at bottom, 

  in consideration of the item's functions, prices, and your shopping convenience.   

 Please click here for CBP tools and supplies listed below calligraphy requirements. 國畫用具列表清單在下方 

 

Minimum Requirements for Calligraphy 書法班每人必備用具

Items & Required Quantities are listed in the order of importance and functions and your shopping convenience. 

先買列在上面的最好用最划算

列出來的文房四寶以及附件,請選購其中之一。列在更上面的,從價錢及實用角度來講是最劃算的,也是比較重要的。

Stores & Approximate Costs are listed in the order of quality and price comparisons. If there is a "?", it means I am not sure whether that store still has that particular item.

 

Pictures & Purposes

 

毛毯

Wool Felt (1)

Bill Lu

 

$6 from OAS

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/606/8 

Felt: Student Wool 24" x 36"

 

 

Keep your paper and desk clean. Choose a size that covers your writing paper. Either black or white.

Mandatory Policy: Must have a wool felt to start a class! No exceptions.

 

紙鎮 (鎮紙, 文鎮)

Thin Paperweight (1)

 

This thin metal paperweight is very popular in Asia but not easy to find in America. Please search from the following sources:

the Bookstore

Amazon, e-Bay, or Internet

$14 from OAS 

 

 

 

 絕不可忘記的最重要文房四寶附件

書法初學者最容易犯的毛病,就是磨墨時用水過多,或墨與水的混合比例不對,造成毛邊紙或宣紙書寫後起伏不平。鎮紙可以幫助寫出比較平均的筆劃。用水過多加上沒有鎮紙,寫字就好像翻山越嶺一樣的凹曲不平,很難寫出一個漂亮的筆劃。請勿自作聰明,不要用手機、圓石頭或其他的重物來代替鎮紙,會後悔的。

鎮紙還有許多絕妙好用的功能...... 你們從來不會看到何老師在外面揮毫表演時不用鎮紙來寫書法。

鎮紙的重要性絕不亞於一隻功能良好的毛筆,所以我把鎮紙列在最上方,是第一個要買的東西。選購鎮紙時,請優先選擇細條狀的。

 

To help smooth paper and to prevent accidental moving of paper during writing. "Thin" paperweights are preferred, not to exceed 1 inch in width. Length and weight do not matter so much. Choose a narrow (not broad) and medium weight (not too heavy or too light) paperweight for calligraphy.

Per my personal practice and teaching methods, I never practice Chinese calligraphy without using a paperweight! If you don't have a paperweight ready, I really cannot share with you many levels of hand and wrist movements. With a paperweight, you may realize how much easier to write Chinese calligraphy with properly gound ink.

It's mandatory that you have at least one paperweight and at least one brush rest. Paperweights are as important as good brushes but are the most frequently neglected item. For this reason, many bookstores in the U.S. don't carry paperweights since people usually neglect the functions of paperweights.  

Please don't use your cell phones as substitutes for paperweights because the ink will most likely stain your cell phones. If you bring a "qualified" rectangular (not round, not stones, not toys, not ink stick...) paperweight as shown or listed here in your first class and mention this promotion, I will give you a free brush as a reward! 

When students cannot do smooth strokes, oftentimes I tell them the problems are coming from inappropriate amount of water used to grind ink which causes the paper to wrinkle badly when paper weight is not used rather than merely one's hand motions or talent.

 

or

 
   筆擱

   Brush Rest (1) as Paperweight

  Sold in class for $7.

  Market price is about $7.50 each + shipping.

  

  

Hand-glazed porcelain brush holder from Jack Richeson or e-Bay.

This brush rest works with six brushes loaded with ink (and watercolors if you are also interested in practicing Chinese brush painting in the future.)

 

or

 

紙鎮兼筆擱

Mini Paperweight + Brush Rest (1)

Sold in class for $5.

 

This mini paperweight is also a brush rest.

 

or

 

 

紙鎮兼筆擱

Paperweight + Brush Rest (1)

This thin metal paperweight is very popular in Asia but not easy to find in America. 

http://manluenchoon.weebly.com/brush-rest--holder.htm

http://goodcharacters.com/art/p.php?c=Accessories

or search "paper weight calligraphy" in Google

 

 

 

This tool also serves as a brush rest, i.e., paperweight and brush rest in one.

 

 

 

李剛  多用途兼毫毛筆  

  任選大中小規格

  至少兩隻

Multi-Purpose Brushes 

(Need 2 of any sizes)

About $3 each, or ask Robert for the unit price.

Large and medium sizes of Li Gang's brushes are very similar. Their differences don't matter so much to most beginners. So please don't give Robert hard time. There are no exact definitions of large, medium, and small brushes by calligraphers or Chinese government. One manufacture's large brush can be another manufacture's medium brush; one large kind can be a small kind by different animal hairs. The name tags of brushes, such as Orchid Bamboo Brushes, are for references instead of for exclusive uses to paint orchids and bamboos. So pay attention to brush principles and techniques rather than sizes and name tags.

Or sold in class for $5 each.

 

 

This is the same multi-purpose brush I use to do calligraphy for online sales, public events, personal practice, teaching, and painting bamboos and orchids.

This inexpensive brand made by Mr. Li Gang ( 李剛 ) with his photos on the brush handle is great for painting bamboos, orchids, lotus stems, and many other subjects for both beginners and professionals. Also great for various styles of calligraphy such as Kaishu styles of the Tang Dynasty. 

Personally I thank Li Gang for his sincerity and endeavor and Robert's acceptance of my advice to import large numbers of Li Gang's brushes to the U.S.

 

www.ebay.com/itm/10-CHINESE-CALLIGRAPHY-WATER-COLOR-BRUSH

 

or 

 

兼毫毛筆

Brush (Combination of Goat and Weasel Hair) (1)

Amazon (Mixed Hair Brush)

$5 + from Bookstore

 

 

 

一般而言

初學者最好選用兼毫 (羊毫加狼毫) 白雲筆

初學者最好不選用純狼毫或純羊毫

Generally, pure weasel hair brushes are not recommended for beginners.

 

 

鉛筆

Pencil (1)

 

鉛筆用途妙處多多...

For correction, improvements of characters' structures, and visualization (mental exercise). Mental exercise is as important as physical hand movement of a brush but is often neglected. If you bring a pencil, I will share more details.

 

   

衛生紙

Napkin

You need two or three sheets per time.

 

Napkins are important in monitoring ink tones and water but are often forgotten or neglected. Also for cleaning.

 

   

毛邊紙

Bamboo Grid Paper

 

About $7 per pack from Bookstore. White color preferred. Choose either small (15 grids) or large (12 grids, as shown here). 

"Gu Ding" is a very reliable brand currently used in our class.

 

 

選購毛邊紙,請優先選擇比較粗糙、不光滑的,不要去買那種又滑又嫩的。

Beginners may choose to practice on Bamboo Grid Paper (never on newspaper). 

 

   

 

硯臺 ( 硯台 )

Inkstone (1)

Bill Lu

Robert

 

 

This is exactly the same inkstone I was using for over 10 years in Taiwan. 

from Bill Lu


from Robert

 

or

 

硯臺 ( 硯台 )

Inkstone (1)

 

$10 + from Robert

 

 

 

硯堂,指硯的中心研墨處,為硯較為空白開闊的部位。硯堂又稱墨堂、硯心,此處便於研墨,方便旋轉,易于調筆鋒。

硯台不要買小的,不要像小學生用的那種。

要買硯堂大約像自己的手掌心的大小,方便旋轉,而且外緣的邊高度不要超過硯堂半公分,乃是用來調毛筆的筆鋒。太高的外緣(超過硯堂半公分以上)是不適用來調毛筆的筆鋒。

選硯台,實用為第一,千萬不要只顧外觀及石材。

An ideal size will be that the grinding area is at least the size of your palm. I recommend oval or rectangular inkstones that have water resevoirs and their rims of the grinding area not to be higher than 1/4 inch. Inkstones without water reservoirs and with higher rims and smaller grinding areas are not preferred for beginners of calligraphy.

The grinding area is supposed to be flat as in above samples, not unleveled in the following picture:

 

Robert has a lot more selections not listed on e-Bay. Currently he is the largest inkstone and ink stick seller in the U.S. He might be busy for not listing inkstones on e-Bay. It's best that you call him first. Most of our classmates have bought wonderful inkstones from him. 

http://stores.ebay.com/Big-Teapot-Brush-Jade-Dress-eStore/4-Trs-InkStone-/

 

 

 

墨條

Ink Stick (1) with a glass lid paper box.

Sold in class for $7. 

 

 

 

磨墨的諸多好處與態度 Benefits & Attitudes of Grinding Ink Well: 

 

 

Grinding & Mixing Bottled Ink to Practice Chinese Calligraphy

準備好足夠的墨 (可用硯臺磨墨與墨汁混合) 才能寫出飽滿又有美感的筆劃。如一個人氣血不足,是不能健康的生活。不管天資如何聰明,毛筆、字帖如何得高檔次,沒有準備好足夠的墨,就像一個人身上沒帶什麼錢,想上街買特貴的衣服,又想去吃昂貴的餐館,可能嗎?

Preparing ink in good quality and quantity, either with "grinding only" or "mixing bottled ink with gound ink," is a prerequisite in writing a beautiful Chinese calligraphy stroke. Chinese people usually compare a person's energy level or blood ingredients with ink used to practice Chinese calligraphy. Without properly prepared ink in quality and quantity, no one can write a Chinese calligraphy stroke beautifully no matter how talented that person is, whether that person has highest quality of model books and brushes, or an excellent teacher. We may simply ask a simple question: if someone has not enough money and insists to buy beautiful clothes and eat at a luxury restaurant, is it practical?

好比說劉翔、姚明,不管之前他們的比賽成績如果輝煌,如果當日比賽時,氣血不足,血糖、膽固醇或血液的成份都欠佳,他們能夠正常的比賽嗎? 又好比說一個尖端的科技或先進武器,沒有足夠的燃料,可以跑得動嗎? 一個現代化最先進的戰鬥機,不管引擎及武器系統多先進,如果缺乏燃料或是發動機沒有正常運作,可以執行任務嗎? 這些都是common sense。所以不要異想天開,認為可以跳過麼準備好充分的墨,忽衍了事,就想把一個筆畫寫好,這是完全不可能的! 

For examples, athletes like Liu Xiang and Yao Ming, no matter how many contests they had won in the past, if their blood sugar, blood pressure, or cholesterol were not normal, they could not compete on that day and won. Likewise, an advanced weapon system cannot defend well if the fuel is not enough or engines are not performing well.

有些初學者,不只不想磨墨,還想特別節省墨汁,要想筆劃寫好,那就是比登天還難,事倍功半,缺乏自知之明,違背事物的基本『道』理。

For some beginners, not only they do not want to grind ink on the inkstone, they also want to save the bottled ink and used the least amount to "draw" instead of "write" a stroke. Eventually, they waste their time and money and achieve nothing in learning Chinese calligraphy for they unknowingly violate the basice principle "the Way" of things.

古人說: 墨磨好了,心就靜了,書法自然就好。何老師有句名言: 一個人練習書法,如果沒有老師指導,也沒有去看其他的書籍,光憑自己拿一本字帖臨摹,如果長期下來,墨磨對了並合乎墨法,那麼這個人幾乎已經把書法所有理論及相關的課題也想遍了,書法自然也就練好。

 

or

 

墨條

Professional Quality Ink Stick (1)

$10 + from Robert

Bookstore

 

 

 

 

Generally, choose Pine Soot ink sticks 松煙墨 for calligraphy and Oil Soot ink sticks 油煙墨 for painting.

http://stores.ebay.com/Big-Teapot-Brush-Jade-Dress-eStore/4-Trs-Ink-Stick-/

 

and/or

 

吳竹墨汁

"Wu Zhu" Brand 
Bottled Ink (1)

Choose either size.

$5 +

Bill Lu

Bookstore

(Robert does not have this brand.)

 

 

學生可以採用在硯台稍磨墨後,再加數滴墨汁,既可節省時間、勞力,又可維持磨墨的功效與好處,如同影片中所示範。

 

Wu Zhu ( 吳竹 ) brand is very stable and durable for calligraphy. 

I recommend a combination approach of blending ground ink and bottled ink to save time and also preserve the benefits of ground ink.

  

 

   

After 6 months or per the student's progress, additional materials are required as follows:

字帖

Calligraphy Model Book (1 or 2)

 

$5 + from Bookstore

 

本班採用一般書法班慣例,初學者由何老師提供的描紅毛邊紙練習幾個月到一年後 (依照學生的學習進度),鼓勵學生去選購一本自己喜歡的字帖,照自己的喜好與性向,繼續認真臨摹至少一兩年之後才換帖。

After a period of copying red tracing sheets provided in class, students are encouraged to choose one or two model books from:

Bookstore

www.books.com.tw (Excellent selections, services, and worldwide shipping)

 

and/or

 

Bilingual (English/Chinese) Calligraphy Book (1)

 

This book with a DVD is sold in class for $20.


A fairly good beginner's book for non native Chinese. Written by professors and scholars of Beijing University. A demo DVD is included for reference. Great and concise introductions on Chinese calligraphy and basic writing rules of Chinese characters.

Sold on Amazon or e-Bay for about $30

 

A similar item from Amazon (DVDs only, no book, about $30) may be substituted for this book. 

 

and/or

 

字帖 - 柳公權 (1)

Sold to Chinese students only. 

Highest quality of model books in the market.

US $20.  

 

 

 

書畫紙圓筒

Art Portfolio or Storage Tube or Mailing Tube (1)


 

毛邊紙或宣紙,請妥善保存。捲起來放在圓桶內是一種方便又省空間的方式。請勿把紙弄皺,以免妨礙書寫及影響學習成果。

To prevent Bamboo Paper or Shuan Paper from being folded or messed up. 

$2 from Hobby Lobby

Expandable Paint Brush Case: adjustable length from 9" to 15"

or

This traveling container with adjustable lengths is currently the most ideal tube for storing different sizes of paper, your artwork, or a mounted scroll. $10 from Hobby Lobby.

or

You may also choose to buy a mailing tube from Staples for $5, or a cheaper one from the post office.

 

 

 

#CBPtools

  Please pay attention to "or" and "and/or" between similar items in the left column.  

先買列在上面的最好用最划算

  Those listed first or on top are preferred to those listed later or at bottom, 

  in consideration of the item's functions, your investment, and your shopping convenience.   

 


Minimum Requirements for Chinese Brush Painting  國畫班每人必備用具

CBP is a very procedural art. It requires the right tools and right procedures, and, of course, patience, time, and money. Everything listed in this chart is minimum requirements. You need to buy all of them before the second class. Items listed first are top priorities. I won't list unnecessary items here to burden you since everything in this chart has special functions and purposes. Your cooperation will benefit your and other classmates progress. Since I am teaching the universal painting methods as used to paint Chinese figures, landscapes, and flowers and birds in different styles, your lack of a certain tool will slow down your learning progress and make you unable to create many effects from painting methods. After you have learned most of the univeral and basic Chinese painting methods, you will be able to paint most of the subjects and styles in Chinese figures, landscapes, and flowers on your own. Your lack of cooperation will only slow down your and other classmates' learning progress. So please don't doubt whether you can skip any one of those minimum requirements of basic tools.

Before your second class, you must own the most basic tools: paperweight and/or brush holder; napkin; water bowl; felt; pencils; two brushes; paper; ink stick; inkstone.  The following a Chinese painting kit recently availabe in China which contains most (but not all; no watercolor, no charcoal, no specialty brushes...) of the necessary tools required for a beginner of CBP. This box "Dragon Painting Treasures" contains the very minimum tools for a beginner. So if you come to class with less than those tools, you will definitely fall behind the overall progress of other classmates and this is not a wise decision to save little money but to waste more of your money and time. If you make enough progress in my class after two months, the tools in "Dragon Painting Treasures" are definitely not enough for you to try more technqiues. "Dragon Painting Treasures" are not sold in our classes. For your convenience or investment, you may buy a kit of "Dragon Painting Treasures" from online or China and use in our classes.

 

Dragon Painting Treasures 龙绘宝 (龍繪寶) http://www.66a9.com.cn/ 

 

 

龍繪寶所列乃最低限度的國畫用具。少於這些最低限度的國畫用具,

不只將大大不利於您的學習進度與成效,也會磨滅您的興趣與天賦。

國畫畫法通常都講求程序,用具與材料皆影響作畫過程,請用心過目。為講求效率,課堂上僅量不再重複這些基本概念。 您的儘早配合就是造福其他同學與您的學習進度. 請勿托延!

基本上,國畫用具與書法文房四寶各有異同。本國畫班不專一學習人物、山水、花鳥,而講求基本的畫法、畫論、與畫理。也就是說,了解基本又全面的畫理之後,不論同學想畫各式人物、山水、花鳥及各種畫派,工筆或寫意畫,皆可上手。而這些皴、擦、點、染、勾勒、白描、賦色、潑墨等等國畫技巧,需要齊全的畫具,缺一不可。請同學考慮到自己與其他同學的學習進度,盡早配合購買齊全,不要拖延。為了省小錢、方便,將會造成對自己與其他人的不便,拖慢學習進度,影響學習氣氛與興趣。

 

Items & Required Quantities are listed in the order of importance and functions and your shopping convenience.

先買列在上面的最好用最划算

Stores & Approximate Costs are listed in the order of quality and price comparisons. If there is a "?", it means I am not sure whether that store still has that particular item.

 

Pictures & Purposes

 

毛毯

Wool Felt (1)

Bill Lu

 

$6 from OAS

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/606/8 

Felt: Student Wool 24" x 36"

 

 

Sold from Bookstore or Robert. Thick wool felt is preferred for painting. The other side without printed grids is used for painting.

 

Keep your paper and desk clean. Choose a size that covers your painting paper. Either black or white. (Sold from Joshua for $5 while supply lasts.) 

Mandatory Policy: Must have a wool felt to start a class! No exceptions.

 

筆洗盤 + 調色盤

3-in-1 Water Bowl with Palletes (1)

$11 + Shipping

As this moment, I do not know any Dallas local stores for this item.

 

 

 

This Chinese painter explains why sectioned water bowl is necessary. The reason is simple common sense: when we look for cleaner water to dilute ink on a brush... and for various technical reasons, the ink and/or color(s) on paper are already fixed (or dried) at that critical point of time if we go to a faucet and come back.

To help control qualities of ink tones and watercolor. If you have this item, you don't need another pallette in the short term. Larger pallette(s) may be required in the future per the student's progress.

Compact, space saving, lightweight, ideal for travel, made of solid plastic, multi-functional, two scoops for brush rest, easy to clean, three sections of water bowl for clean colors, and ideal  to develop your techniques of coloring, washing, mounting, and other purposes in the future.

www.fineartstore.com/p-4251-3-in-1-plastic-water-well-and-palette.aspx 

www.q1.com.tw/product.aspx?ProductID=422001&CategoryID=7784&BrandID=&b=Category&p=

 

 

or

 

三池洗筆盅 ( 三合一筆洗, 筆洗 )

Three-Sectioned Water Bowl (1)

$10

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/1839/8 

To assist you to choose needed tools and supplies and to save shipping cost, please discuss with me. If you order on Monday, you may receive your order by Friday. OAS is currently one of the most comprehensive stores of CBP supplies in the U.S.

 

Vendors from Taiwan:

www.hctmall.com.tw/product.php?pid_for_show=10567

www.weiip.com.tw/products/pro_29_1.htm

 

 

A great product for beginners and professionals. After painting for a while, many people do realize they need a larger container. When washing out light colors or dark colors, you can keep the water separated in different sections. Plastic preferred. Very convenient to save space and to develop your techniques of coloring, washing, mounting, and other purposes in the future.

 

or

 

Water Bowls (1 set)

$3 

This is a "lunch box set" of 3 pieces sold from 99 Ranch Supermarket in the kitchen utilities section. Available in various colors. Can be stacked into one.

131 W Spring Creek Pkwy Plano, Texas 75023
(972) 943-8999

 

 

To help control qualities of ink tones and watercolor.

 

or

 

 

洗筆盅 (筆洗)

Water Bowl 

Depending on your progress:

(1 for Sumi-e or black ink painting only)

or 

(2 for watercolor painting)

 

$10 + from Bookstore

 

$8 + from Robert 

http://stores.ebay.com/

 

$5 + from ceramics stores by Asia World Market (Jusgo)

240 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75023

To help control qualities of ink tones and watercolors. Regardless what types of water bowls, you need at least two water bowls for watercolor painting.

When doing Chinese watercolor painting, we need to keep unwanted colors from mixing with each other. Minimum requirement is that you have at least two water bowls or one three-sectioned water bowl. With only one water bowl, I just share levels of knowledge and instructions based on one water bowl instead of two water bowls.

I repeatedly mention in class"in CBP, water is like an angel or a devil. It can elevate your painting or simply destroy it." Napkins, a three-sectioned water bowl, well organized brushes on brush rests are the most critical helpers to prevent water turning into a devil from an angel, and "at certain critical times, water may not allow you to respond or repent in more than 3 seconds."

 

   

鉛筆 & 碳筆

Pencils (black, green, red) / Charcoal (1 each)

 

For drafts, correction, improvements, and visualization.


   

衛生紙

Napkin

 

To wipe off extra water and/or ink from brush tips. For cleaning. Pure white napkins are preferred to monitor ink tones and colors. Napkins are important in applying better ink and colors and cannot be forgotten or neglected. 

I repeatedly mention in class"in CBP, water is like an angel or a devil. It can elevate your painting or simply destroy it." Napkins, a three-sectioned water bowl, well organized brushes on brush rests are the most critical helpers to prevent water turning into a devil from an angel, and "at certain critical times, water may not allow you to respond or repent in more than 3 seconds."

 

   

紙鎮 (鎮紙, 文鎮)

Paperweight (1 or 2)

 

Amazon, e-Bay,

http://manluenchoon.weebly.com/brush-rest--holder.html

Bookstore (?)

OAS 

Robert 

 

 

 

Required for keeping rolled paper from curling back up or paper shifting on top of your felt.

It's mandatory that you have at least one paperweight and at least one brush rest. Without a paperweight, I cannot share many levels of hand movements and my unique methods when operating a brush.


Paperweights are as important as good brushes but are the most frequently neglected items. However, they are extremely popular and emphasized in Asian countries. Most bookstores in the U.S. don't carry paperweights since people usually neglect the functions of paperweights. Currently as of 05/27/2015 , almost all paperweights are sold out in Chinese bookstores in Dallas. Please don't use your cell phones as substitutes for paperweights because the ink will most likely stain your cell phones. If you bring a "qualified" rectangular ( not round, not stones, not toys, not ink stick...) paperweight as shown or listed here in your first class and mention this promotion, I will give you a free brush. 

 

and/or

or choose from the following selections / combinations:

紙鎮兼筆擱

Brush Rest + Paperweight (1)

http://manluenchoon.weebly.com/brush-rest--holder.html

http://goodcharacters.com/art/p.php?c=Accessories

 

 

This thin metal brush rest is very popular in Asia but not easy to find in America. 

Work with nine brushes loaded with ink and watercolors. A second paperweight is strongly recommended even if you have this one. Personally I use three paperweights and/or brush rests together.

 

or 

 
   筆擱

   Brush Rest (1) as Paperweight

  Sold in class for $7.

  Market price is about $7.50 each + shipping.

  

  

Hand-glazed porcelain brush holder from Jack Richeson or e-Bay.

This brush rest works with six brushes loaded with ink and watercolors. Unlike Western watercolor paintings, Chinese brushes loaded with ink, water, and colors should lay flat rather than vertically. 

 

or

 

紙鎮兼筆擱

Mini Paperweight + Brush Rest (1)

Sold in class for $3.

 

This mini paperweight is also a brush rest.

 

or

 

Brush Rest (1)

$12 from OAS

 

 

                          or

 

 

Chopstick Holder (3) as brush rests

 

$0.50 each from a ceramics store by Asia World Market (Jusgo)

 

A paperweight is still required if you have these chopstick holders as brush rests.

 

 

   

 

山水用毛筆 - 紫圭

Landscape Brushes (small, 1) (2 is better for dark and light sketching and/or coloring)

Sold in class for $5 each.

 

 

 

 

This is my favorite multi-purpose brush I recommend for trees, rocks, and mountains. Great for both beginners and professionals for sketching trees, rocks, and mountains. Manufactured by Shanghai Crafts and Arts Company.

 

 

多用途兼毫毛筆

( 李剛 多用途 ) 白雲 

蘭竹筆:

Brushes (Combination of Goat and Weasel Hair) (Any 2 of any sizes)

About $3 each, or ask Robert for the unit price.

If you have these brushes, you don't have to buy the so-called "Orchid Bamboo Brushes" elsewhere.

Large and medium sizes of Li Gang's brushes are very similar. Their differences don't matter so much to most beginners. So please don't give Robert hard time. There are no exact definitions of large, medium, and small brushes by calligraphers or Chinese government. One manufacture's large brush can be another manufacture's medium brush; one large kind can be a small kind by different animal hairs. The name tags of brushes, such as Orchid Bamboo Brushes, are for references instead of for exclusive uses to paint orchids and bamboos. So pay attention to brush principles and techniques rather than sizes and name tags.

 

 

 

This is the same multi-purpose brush I use to do calligraphy for online sales, public events, personal practice, teaching, and painting bamboos.

This inexpensive brand made by Mr. Li Gang ( 李剛 ) with his photos on the brush handle is great for painting bamboos, orchids, lotus stems, and many other subjects for both beginners and professionals. Also great for various styles of calligraphy such as Kaishu styles of the Tang Dynasty. 

Personally I thank Li Gang for his sincerity and endeavor and Robert's acceptance of my advice to import large numbers of Li Gang's brushes to the U.S.

 

www.ebay.com/itm/10-CHINESE-CALLIGRAPHY-WATER-COLOR-BRUSH

 

   


書畫毛筆

Brushes - Various Types

(Any 1 from each pocket for various purposes)  

 

So, for most beginners during first two months, at least 5 brushes are needed.

I will bring various brushes for sale during class. (Prices are lower than the Bookstore.)

$5 + from Bookstore (We go there and I will choose for you.)

Robert

OAS (A little bit pricy but more reliable than most vendors. Please ask me in email for links.)

 

or 

Assorted Sizes - Set of 6 Brushes

These brushes are very inexpensive but may be used for coloring, washing, and blending colors except for sketching. If you decide to order these and find out later the hairs are falling off, I will share how to use glue to fix that problem. 

 

 

 

 

 

最薄最便宜的無格毛邊紙

Bamboo Paper

Bookstore

100 sheets per pack

This item is currently optional (not required) since there might be a shortage. But to practice interchangeably on this Bamboo Paper, sized Xuan paper, and various paper may help our classmates gain more control of using water, colors, and brushes on various kinds of paper.

 


Beginners may choose to practice on plain bamboo paper without grids. Though this is the lowest-priced paper, it's actually one of my favorite paper that I have been using since 1988. This paper is very thin (not good for coloring) and not very absorbent of ink and water, so it's good for you to judge the right amount of water and ink to be used. 

An inexpensive choice to practice bamboos and orchids. Great for sketching or drafting.

 

I use this paper for warm up exercises, casual practice, painting some teaching samples, drafts for final work, and etc. Once you become comfortable with this paper, painting on Shuan Paper will become relatively easy. 

Some of my teaching samples on this inexpensive bamoo paper:

 

 

矾宣 ( 熟宣 )

Sized Shuan Paper

13 x 52 inches, 14 sheets, sold in class for $5 (High quality, rolled, not folded)

 

 

  

  

Advice: Since Xuan paper is very fragile, it's better to roll the paper than to fold it. 


Please spend $2 to buy a tube (Expandable Paint Brush Case: adjustable length from 9" to 15") from Hobby Lobby and keep your paper from being wrinkled and accidently folded. You will feel the difference in painting and convenience in handling paper.

 

or

 


矾宣
( 熟宣 )

Sized Shuan Paper (Xuan Paper)

For 26" x 52" standard size, the average price for good quality Sized Shuan Paper is nearly $2 per sheet in the U.S. market. So a pack of 100 sheets is usually sold between $170 to $200.

Robert: all sized Xuan paper already sold out because of lower prices than other vendors.

Bookstore: I have negotiated the price to be $1.30 per sheet if you buy at least 10 sheets. I have marked the pack with "Sized Paper" and "矾宣" since it's not easy to tell sized paper from unsized if there is no label.

or

Semi-Sized Xuan Paper from Amazon

 


Chinese paintings are done on Sized Shuan Paper ( 矾宣 or 熟宣 ) as well as on Unsized Shuan Paper ( 生宣 or Raw Paper ). "Sized" means to coat the paper with alum. Do not confuse "sized" with "cutting the paper into different sizes." Sized paper is less absorbent and more expensive than unsized paper. Though it's easier to control ink, water, and colors on sized paper, one should not completely rely on it to develop painting skills. You may also choose Semi-sized Shuan Paper.

The label "矾宣" is often stamped on the side of 100 sheets of paper. Sometimes 矾宣 does not appear on the bag labels.

 


Do not buy so-called Rice Paper. Rice paper is a misnomer. Paper sold in non-Chinese stores labled with "Oriental Rice Paper" is usually an inferior grade and unauthentic kind of paper for Chinese painting. That is neither Shuan Paper nor Bamboo Paper, but is usually a machine made "Cotton Paper" exported to those countries that still call Chinese calligraphy and painting paper "'Rice Paper." A double whammy misnomer!!  (Cotton Paper and the following product may be used to practice Xieyi painting, but not for Gongbi painting.)

Likewise, most 書道半紙 or 半紙 sold outside Asia are not used to do traditional Chinese painting in Gongbi style.

 

   

 

硯臺 ( 硯台 )

Inkstone 

Sold in class for $10 (square with a lid) or $10 (wood box.)

 

 

This is exactly the same inkstone I was using for over 10 years in Taiwan. A preferred choice by many CBP students and teachers.


 

 

墨條 - 胡開文墨

Ink Stick (1)

This "beginner's quality" ink stick is sold in class for $5 each. 

 

 

Manufactured by Hu Kaiwen Company.

Comes with a paper box. Economic choice for beginners.

 

or

 

墨條 

Ink Stick (1)

$15 + from Robert ( 高檔國畫油煙墨 )

$5 + from Bookstore

or 

Shopping from Amazon 

 

 

 

Generally, choose Pine Soot ink sticks 松煙墨 for calligraphy and Oil Soot ink sticks 油煙墨 for painting.

These are professional grade ink sticks. Generally, ink sticks with wood boxes have higher qualities and are more expensive.

http://stores.ebay.com/Big-Teapot-Brush-Jade-Dress-eStore/4-Trs-Ink-Stick-/  

 

and/or

 

墨汁
Yi De Ge Bottled Ink (1)

Bookstore or Robert

 

 

or

 

墨汁
Bottled Ink (1)

 

$4 +

Robert

Bookstore

 

 

(If the painting is large) I recommend a combined approach of using both ground ink and bottled ink to save time and also preserve the qualities of ground ink.

Choose either brand or size:

 

and/or

 

方便墨

Convenience Ink Pack (Traveling Ink Box)

 

$2 from Robert (cracked ink cake is normal and does not affect quality)

 

 

 

Recommended for casual practice (if you practice frequently). Not intended for serious artwork. Great for travel and limited practice time.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHINESE-CALLIGRAPHY-INK-TRAVELING-INK-BOX-/

 

 

 

 

 

毛毯

Wool Felt (1)

 

$1 from Hobby Lobby

 

This brand cannot be folded and rolled.

 

After one month or per the student's progress, additional materials are required as follows:

 

毛毯

Wool Felt (1)

Bookstore

$6 from OAS

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/606/8 

Felt: Student Wool 24" x 36"

 

$20 + from Robert (Extra Large White Felt, at least one yard - large enough to be cut. Large enough for you to become an international painting master.)

 

 

Keep your paper and desk clean. Choose a size that covers your painting. Either black or white.

 

or

 

 

Wool Felt  

Joann 

Hobby Lobby

 

 

Choose and cut your wool fabric. 

 

 

   

中國畫水彩

Watercolor Set (1)

$7 from Hobby Lobby

 

 

A not so famous brand which is very stable and easy to use for beginners.

 

or

 

西洋水彩

Watercolor Set - 24 Colors (1)

$18 from Hobby Lobby

 

 

Very stable and easy to use for beginners.

 

or

 

中國畫水彩

Maries Chinese Watercolor (1)

$10 or more

Bookstore

Robert

 

 

The most famous brand of CBP watercolors. Select either 12, 18, or 24 colors.

 

   

調色盤

Palettes (Two Pieces to Be Fit Together) (1 set)

 

$5 from Bookstore

 

 

 

 

or

 

瓷調色盤

Palette - Porcelain Flower Plate (1)

 

OAS

 

 

 

Either size.

 

or

 

塑膠調色盤

Plastic Palette (1)

Hobby Lobby

 

 

 

Or any kind of your choice. Make sure the mixing area is large enough.

 

   

滴水

Water Dropper (1)

Hobby Lobby

 

 

 

To control the right amount of water for colors and washing. Any kind with or without markings.

 

and/or

 

 

噴霧瓶

Spray Bottle or Fine Mist Sprayer (1)

 

Hobby Lobby

OAS

 

 

 

 

To control the right amount of water for colors and washing. Choose one that can spray fine mist.

 

   

 

排筆

Hake Brush or Wash Brush or Wide Brush (1 or 2)

 

Hobby Lobby

 

 

 

 

 

For washing techniques and background coloring, especially for Ling Nan style of Chinese painting. Choose either one or both.

 

   

複寫紙

Graphite Paper (1)

 

Hobby Lobby

 

 

 

 

 

For improvements in Gongbi paintings of Flowers & Birds, Figures, and Landscapes. Choose either one.

 

   

毛筆盒

Brush Storage Box 

$8 from Hobby Lobby

 

 

Great for storing brushes for travelling.

 

or

 

毛筆竹捲

Brush Roll 

 

 

 

 

 

Great for storing brushes for travelling. $3 from Hobby Lobby


 

   

各式國畫毛筆

Brushes - Various types to be discussed in class or email

(Any 2 brushes from each pocket for various purposes)  

 

$3 + 

Bookstore (I will choose the right ones for you.)

OAS (A little bit pricy but more reliable than most vendors. Please ask me in email for links.)

Robert ?

 

 

 

Or

 

各式國畫專用毛筆

Brushes (OAS Specialty) - 

(About 12 - with those brushes, you can do most types of painting of regular sizes, both ink and watercolors.)

If you already have similar brushes, it's not necessary to buy similar ones.

 

(This is just a sample picture of my specialty brushes ordered from OAS.)

Rely on your own skill levels and techniques instead of merely reading brush names and prices. It's not necessary to buy all kinds of brushes if you do all types of CBP. The names and types of brushes are for references but are not meant exclusively to be used for a specified kind of painting subject only. For example, an "Orchid Bamboo Brush" can be used for painting orchid, bamboo, and other appropriate subjects; a brush without a tag that says "orchid" or "bamboo" can also be used to paint orchid and bamboo.

Most of the brushes listed below are Li Fushou brand - it was once the number one brand in China. Professional qualities of specialty brushes (currently hard to find in Dallas) good for different subjects and purposes: 

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/601/brushes (Required quantity = 1) for small area of washing and coloring; clouds; mountain & rock textures; mixing watercolors

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/609/brushes (Any 2) sketching; small mountain & rock contours, textures; larger figures; stems, trunks, twigs; animal claws

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/610/brushes (Large & small) sketching; leaves, leaf veins; twigs; smaller figures; figure hairs; small areas in landscapes; animals; birds; flowers; animal claws

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/640/brushes (All 4) washing; watercolors; dilute with waters, ink and watercolors; clouds; mists; large rocks; mountains; smaller animals; trees

 

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/1476/brushes (1) figure hairs & beards; details in figure faces; eyes; furs of smaller animals; insects; any details of most paintings

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/1478/brushes (1) small bamboo leaves; small orchids; calligraphy inscriptions

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/1485/brushes (1)small bamboo leaves; calligraphy inscriptions

 

   

 

A student needs to own at least a book for copying exercise. Joshua does not give printouts since color printing is very expensive.

 

Amazon


This book is written in plain English and is more understanble than Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manual. Strongly recommended for most beginners. Less cost than most books. It covers a broad range of painting topics. Great for our class instructions and companions. 

One of our classmates actually bought this for $0.01 + $2.95 shipping from Amazon.

 

and/or

 

國畫範本

Chinese Brush Painting Books by Topics (Figures, Landscapes, Flower Birds)

Sold in class for $20 each.

Sold individually. Not sold in complete set.

150 pages per book.

Each book is good enough for one year of studying.

 

 

 

These books are compilations of works of famous painters (historical masters and modern painters) with basic instructions and notes. No English translation at all, but art is a universal language. The main focus of my teaching is sharing the procedures (sketching and  coloring) of painting. Most of these  books cover several styles (Gongbi, Xieyi, mixed...) for each topic such as bamboos, figures, flowers, landscapes, and etc. Each book is a great reference for our class and your practice at home.

There are about 15 books in this series which are excellent resources of various CBP subjects and styles. Currently, this set is one of the best choices in the market.

Click for larger pictures:

From left: Ancient Court Ladies / Traditional Figures // Landcape Manuals / Mountains, Rocks, Clouds, and Water // Peony Manuals / Plum Blossoms, Orchids, Bamboos, and Chrysanthemum / Orchid Manuals / Bamboo Manuals / Gongbi Painting Methods / Xieyi Painting Methods / Flowers, Birds, Fishes, and Insects / Birds & Animals // Lotus Manuals / Vegetables & Fruits Manuals / Twelve Zodiac Animals

 

 

and/or

 

Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manuals

"The Bible of Chinese Brush Painting"

 

$20 (used)

Amazon

E-Bay

 

 

Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manuals are the most famous and important CBP textbooks. Only one English translation was published, very incomplete compared with Chinese editions. (You may purchase Chinese versions listed below with or without owning the English version.) Good for study at home. It's not required to bring it to class every time. Only when you don't understand certain part, please bring it to class and I will explain and demonstrate.

 

and/or

 

芥子園畫譜

Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manuals (Chinese Editions)

 

Bookstore: Box set of 4 volumes, $40 or so

Good enough for lifetime study!

I have exactly the same version.

 

www.bookseed.com ( Search 芥子园画谱 ) There are many different editions, publishers, and painters publishing their books using the title 芥子园画谱. Don't buy the wrong kind. Please discuss with me. 

 

 


 

   

書架

Book Stand (1)

 

Staples

Hobby Lobby

 

 

To hold the painting book for better viewing angles and perspectives.

 

夾子

Clips (2 Count)

Walmart, Staples...

 

 

Choose the types of clips that fit better with your painting manuals or models. Very, very important for better viewing angles and perspectives.

 

 

書畫紙圓筒

Art Portfolio or Storage Tube or Mailing Tube (1)


 

To prevent paper from being folded or messed up. 

$2 from Hobby Lobby

Expandable Paint Brush Case: adjustable length from 9" to 15"

or


This traveling container with adjustable lengths is currently the most ideal tube for storing different sizes of paper, your artwork, or a mounted scroll. $10 from Hobby Lobby. Most ideal for one-time lifetime investment that will fit all of your Xuan paper widths and lengths into one tube.

or

You may also choose to buy a mailing tube from Staples for $5, or a cheaper one from the post office.

 

 

 

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4. Newsletters about Chinese Calligraphy & Painting in the DFW Chinese Community 

 

Date

Activities

Contact

 

March 21, 2015

 

 

 

 
  

January 17, 2015

 

替學員示範基本 DIY 書畫裝裱
Basic DIY mounting demonstrations for students

(I demonstrate basic Chinese calligraphy and painting mounting steps once a year to students of my class. So they know how to mount their work on poster boards or mat at home. Both dry mounting and wet mounting are demonstrated today.)

 

 

達拉斯書法國畫班部份學員及藝友
提前吃年飯於第一燒臘
Some students and friends of our Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Class eating at First BBQ, Richardson

 

 

 

 

     
  

August 2, 2014

 

 

Some of our classmates enjoyed dinner together at Royal Sichuan to celebrate our joint exhibition last week.

 

 

 

  

July 19, 2014

 

EVENT: 書畫習作展 Exhibition of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting 

EXHIBITION TIME: Starting from July 19, Saturday, 10 AM for two weeks.

TIME to hang our work: July 18, Friday, 12 PM

PLACE: Dallas Chinese Community Center

ACTIVITIES: Sharing Chinese CalligraPainting works - no frames and mounting scrolls necessary, just share our practices. Please feel free to bring your work. 不用裝裱 每人限二幅作品 書畫作品分享 

Joshua will have a live calligraphy demonstration on July 19, Saturday, between 10 AM - 12 PM for the opening ceremony.

COST: Free

OPEN: Everyone is welcome.

 

 

Christina Cheng

214-298-1688

  

July 12, 2014

 

EVENT: Casual Meeting of Chinese Calligraphers and Painters in Dallas

TIME: July 12, Saturday, 10 AM - 12 PM

PLACE: Dallas Chinese Community Center, conference room

ACTIVITIES: Sharing Chinese calligraphy and painting ideas, works, and experiences. Please feel free to bring your work and enjoy our discussions. 心得交換 書畫作品分享 

COST: Free

OPEN: Everyone is welcome. The will be similar to the event listed below for 2005 1112 日.

 

 

Christina Cheng

214-298-1688

  

March 8, 2014

 

TAO Arts Beginnerís Workshop in Chinese Brush Painting

Saturday March 8, 2014 , 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Instructor: Brandy Thomas

Location: JayCee Center, 1975 Puritan Drive, Irving, Texas 75060

Cost for beginners includes all materials = $50

Reservations must be made in advance by March 1.

 

 

Sheila at 

smdurante@att.net

  2013 4 月 20

Dallas Chinese Community Center is hosting a Calligrapainting Exhibition of Informal Work on April 20, the same day they have their Annual Food Festival. Anyone can post their casual work of Chinese calligraphy and painting there. No membership or fee required.

達拉斯書法國畫習作聯展 Dallas Calligraphy & Painting Exhibition 2013.4.20

 

 

 www.dallasccc.org
  2013 1 月    Our classroom is moved from previous Art Center to Dallas Chinese Community Center  

2010 4 24

達拉斯 中華書畫聯誼會 2010 年 書法國畫展覽
DFW Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Association Joint Exhibition

www.dallasccc.org

2006 12 2

華人活動中心將於2006 12 2 日從下午2 點到4 , 舉辦書法問題討論會。
The Dallas Chinese Community Center will hold a discussion forum and demo about Chinese calligraphy at December, 2, 2006 from 2 to 4 PM.

972-480-0311

2006 9 30

達拉斯華人活動中心第四屆公開書法比賽 
Chinese Calligraphy Contest @ Dallas Chinese Community Center (http
://home.earthlink.net/~dcntx/dfwnews.htm#666)
比賽時間:2006 9 30 日週六 12:00pm-2:00pm

972-480-0311

2006 4 29

達拉斯 中華書畫聯誼會 2006 年 書法 國畫 講習研討及展覽
DFW Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Association - Joint Exhibition & Workshop
http://art-virtue.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=62

達拉斯
中華書畫聯誼會

 

There will not be a class on Jan. 29, 2006 (Chinese Lunar New Year.) There will be a public demo (http://www.art-virtue.com/demo/2006-CrowMuseum/index.htm) at downtown Dallas. Class will resume the following week.

 

2006 1 1

We will have a multi-cultural and arts festival at Elite on Jan. 1, 2006, 6:00PM. The party will have demos of calligraphy / painting, teapot & tea tasting, Chinese herbs, music talent show, and book exhibitions. Ticket for dinner buffet is $5 per person. Twenty sets of couplets written in different Chinese calligraphy will be given as new year gifts. The party highlights were at http://art-virtue.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=101#101. 

 

 

Beginning in November, 2005, our group class will be held at a new location at Elite Performing Arts Center. 

 

2005 1112

華人活動中心將於2005 1112 日從下午2 點到4 , 舉辦書法活動。為促進及推展達拉斯市中國書法學習風氣, 活動將包括當場揮毫及問題討論。活動多彩多姿, 歡迎大家踴躍參觀。感謝活動中心、參與人員、虞先生竭力贊助, 並邀本人在會中介紹"德藝書法網" 
達拉斯時報 Oct 27, 2005

The Dallas Chinese Community Center will hold a meeting about Chinese calligraphy promotion here in Dallas. The meeting will include demos and discussions. Joshua will be giving brief introduction about this website. Thanks for the sponsors, Mr. Yu, and all other Chinese calligraphers who endeavor to have this activity. The time is November 12, 2005 from 2 to 4 PM (Saturday). We hope this will greatly enhance the public awareness about Chinese calligraphy in Dallas.

 

2005 9 20

達拉斯華人活動中心第三屆公開書法比賽

比賽時間:二○○五年八月二十日週六 12:30pm-2:30pm

 

 
 
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6. Pictures 

More pictures are uploaed at https://www.facebook.com/chinese.calligraphy.3 "Calligrapainting Events 書畫活動" & "Students of Calligrapainting 書畫教學" Albums

 

Students' Calligraphy Practices

Students' Painting Practices

 

 

     

Calligraphy with Gold Pigment for Health & Qigong Seminar @ Dallas Chinese Community Center, Nov. 17, 2012

 

 

 

 

Maxim's Restaurant, Jan. 18, 2012

 

 

Students from Fort Worth learning to appreciate Chinese painting & calligraphy @ DCCC. Oct 22, 2010

 

 

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Multi-cultural and arts festival on Jan. 1, 2006

 

 

Classes @ Home School in 2005 - the Rock, Carrollton

 

 

Classes at Episcopal School of Dallas in 2005

 

 

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