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James Tan

The youthful, innovative spirit of the founders of the Lingnan School has inspired James Tan to extend his own work well beyond tradition. He blends mastery of Chinese brush painting with an ability to capture the essence of Western culture, thereby creating a style of Chinese brush painting which is distinctly his own.

 

James Tan graduated from the Singapore Academy of Art in 1972 and continued his studies with Chinese brush painting masters in Singapore, Taiwan and San Francisco until 1980 establishing himself as a master of the traditional and Lingnan schools of Chinese brush painting with his own distinctive style. He has taught and lectured extensively world-wide, including The National Museum Art Gallery (Singapore), The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. and annual lecture & demonstration at the arts in Action? festival in London, U.K. Mr. Tan has won an extensive list of awards and honors and has exhibited extensively. 38 one-man shows in Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Dubai, Bahrain, Australia, England, Germany, the U.S.A., and Canada.

 

James' recent works retain the same exquisite quality that has made his name synonymous with creativity and true excellence around the world. His works are represented in international private and corporate collections world-wide. Several books have been published featuring his and his students works.

 

He is the President of the Chinese Canadian Artists Federation in Vancouver (2007-2009) and (2009-2011). Secretary of Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, 2009 he have been nominate and Selected in the Finalists of 2009 AsiaNetwork Asian of the Year Awards.

 


Lectures and Demonstrations


James gives lectures and demonstrations on the history and art of Chinese brush painting to small and large groups in such settings as the National Museum Art Gallery (Singapore), and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  He also gives demonstrations annually at the "Art in Action" festival organized by the Art Department of The School of Economic Science, London.

 

All Lectures and Demonstrations can be arranged,  please contact James for more information and availability.  

Contact : jamestan168@gmail.com 


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Chinese Brush Painting Classes in Vancouver  BC. Canada

Weekday or Weekend

 


Master Class 1*     "Contemporary Chinese Landscape Painting" with Mixed Media

 

This 8-session intensive course with Chinese brush painting Master James Tan will introduce students to the techniques required to achieve the mystical beauty, majesty and serenity of the contemporary Chinese landscape. You will learn to render mist-laden mountains, eloquent trees, shimmering waterfalls and other elements that enhance the mood and atmosphere of your piece while being mindful of dynamic composition, texture, colour and value to create poetic and powerful paintings.

 

And you will be instructed the Oriental approach to contemporary mixed media works with dynamic energy or ch'i ". "ch'i" may be described as a breath of heaven, spirit, vital force and the vivifying principle. Different techniques will be explored using Chinese paints, watercolour, acrylics, inks and collage and a variety of beautiful oriental papers to produce exciting textures and colour. Students may compose works with abstract themes from the imagination or explore subject matter of personal interest while focusing on powerful composition, colour, and design to create meaningful paintings that radiate emotion and feeling. You will be guided through the process with in-depth demonstrations and individual attention.

 


 

Master Class 2*    "Contemporary Chinese Brush Painting" with Mixed Media

 

This 2-day intensive workshop with Chinese brush painting Master James Tan will introduce students to the techniques required to achieve the mystical beauty, majesty and serenity of the contemporary Chinese painting.  You will learn to render mist-laden mountains, eloquent trees, shimmering waterfalls and other elements that enhance the mood and atmosphere of your piece while being mindful of dynamic composition, texture, color and value to create poetic and powerful paintings.  You will be guided through the process with in-depth demonstrations and individual attention.

 

 


 

 Class 3*  Basics Chinese Brush Painting 

 

 This 8-session intensive course with Chinese brush painting Master James Tan will introduce and demonstrate the basics of Chinese brush painting, including painting techniques and the proper use of equipment and materials (brushes, ink, colour, paper and Chinese stamps).  Subjects to be taught will include flowers, small and large birds, and basic landscapes.   Participants will be instructed on how to hold the brush properly and the use of various brush strokes; on how to create backgrounds and on proper wash techniques.  In addition to instruction and demonstrations, participants will have the opportunity to create their own work and to receive personalized instruction. 

 


 

Master Class 4* Flower & Birds   

Lotus, Peony, Iris, Orchid, Rose, Sunflower and more.......

 

This 8-session intensive course with Chinese brush painting Master James Tan will introduce and demonstrate the basics of the Lingnan school of Chinese brush painting is acclaimed world-wide for its freshness and vibrancy of color and spirit, bringing a new richness, depth and creative energy to the traditional styles of Chinese brush painting. This exciting course will cover the techniques for painting the exquisite Lotus, as well as Peonies, Wisteria, Iris, Chrysanthemum and the sublime Orchid. You will learn to paint a variety of delightful small birds, which breathe life and character into your study of nature, and you will start to develop the significant skill required to achieve the brilliant flashes of goldfish in water. Each step will be thoroughly explained and demonstrated by master artist and teacher James Tan, and will include discussion and practice in composition, brush handling, color, imitating and copying life, and acquiring a foundation in correct technique.       

    


 

Master Class 8*  Create your own Painting       Mixed Media

 

This 8-session intensive course with Chinese brush painting Master James Tan will introduce students how to the used the brush painting techniques and other elements that enhance the mood and atmosphere of your piece while being mindful of dynamic composition, texture, color and value to create poetic and powerful paintings.  You will be guided through the process with in-depth demonstrations and individual attention. to do and to create your own work  

 

 


 

Master Class 9*  Lotus World 

 

This 8-session intensive course with Chinese brush painting Master James Tan introduce the lotus flowers and birds to students, and how to the used the brush painting techniques and other elements that enhance the mood and atmosphere of your piece while being mindful of dynamic composition, texture, colour and value to create poetic and powerful paintings.  You will be guided through step by step to process with in-depth demonstrations and individual attention. to do and to create your own work.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

               

 

 
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