An ink wash painting workshop hosted by the Graduate School was held on Tuesday, December 10th, for the purpose of spreading Chinese culture. The workshop was led by Mao Jie, 1st-year master’s student and ink wash painting artist. She taught how to paint bamboo trees and panda bears to over 20 participants including graduate students, undergraduate students, and local residents.
Ink wash painting emerged in ancient China during the Tang dynasty, and refers to paintings that uses water to control the lightness or darkness of sumi ink and utilizes visual techniques such as gradation. Mao began painting at six-years-old, and started the workshop by showing footages of her own works. She then taught painting techniques by using flat and round brushes.
One participant commented with satisfaction, “It was difficult to utilize the different shades of gray and blurriness of sumi ink to make the painting look three-dimensional. But I think I did alright for the first time, and it was a good experience.”