Chrysanthemum Painting for Beginners WEA Sydney

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In classical Chrysanthemum painting, we do not merely copy the physical outlook of the plant from nature. We regard it as a gentleman who embodies the highest moral quality of Junzi (literati, educated scholar). Therefore it becomes a combination of our personal temperament and the symbolic quality of chrysanthemum into a perfect harmony: a metaphor of men and heaven/nature are ONE. Through this course, we shall learn all basic skills in water ink painting in an expressive way. It is also a visual path as a self-cultivated journey. A course kit consisting of Chinese Xuan paper, brushes and bottle ink costing $30 will be available to be purchased from the tutor. Please note that this is not included in course fees nor is the purchase of this kit compulsory.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Introduction and brush control using calligraphy skills
  • Ink and water control
  • Basic strokes of chrysanthemum, and leaves
  • Chrysanthemum stems and branches
  • Leaves and combination
  • Copying a small bunch of chrysanthemum
  • Inscription and seal application to finish entire painting


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Learn principal aesthetic theory of Chinese painting and 4 major categories
  2. Develop basic skills of water ink painting and pigment usage
  3. Understand the symbolic meaning in Chinese plant painting
  4. Know the usage of 4 treasures (instrument) in Chinese studio


  • Chinese Xuan paper, Chinese brush and Chinese bottle ink.
  • Water and ink containers, palette and paper towels.

IMPORTANT: Please arrive to the first class with all the relevant materials. A lack of materials is not just a handicap to you but to the ability to teach. Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.


The following stockists below are examples of places you can buy art materials from:

  • Art on King: 199-201 King Street, Newtown. Ph: 9516 2342
  • Eckersley's Art and Craft Store: 93 York Street, Sydney. Ph: 9299 4151. Also located in various locations throughout Greater Sydney.
  • Parkers Art Supplies: 3 Cambridge Street, The Rocks. Ph: 9247 9979
  • The Art Scene: 914 Victoria Road, West Ryde. Ph: 9807 6900
  • The Sydney Art Store: 11 Salisbury Street, Botany. Ph: 9699 2162

You can also purchase materials from places such as Dymocks, Officeworks, Spotlight, Lincraft or online art suppliers such as Art Shed Online.