#ArtsPH - Learn how to paint Chinese-style at Araneta City’s Gateway Gallery

For four sessions, Prof. Arnulfo "Arnold" Esguerra will be teaching Dynamics of Brush and Color, a class in Chinese watercolor painting, at Gateway Gallery for students who are enthusiastic about Asian art, particularly Chinese painting.

Esguerra will instruct his students in the Gong-bi style, also known as the Traditional Meticulous style or the Court style of painting, and the Xieyi, also known as the freehand or literati style, during this session. He has painted and displayed a variety of subjects in these two techniques, from the natural world to ordinary Filipino settings, while constantly practicing and instructing himself to improve.

The lessons are designed to teach the students the correct way to handle brushes (brush strokes), how to use Xuan paper and Chinese pigments, how to paint in the careful style of China, and how to color freely.

Esguerra is a skilled and prolific practitioner of Chinese painting who began drawing at the age of five and has been doing so since the 1980s. When he went to a lesson on Chinese painting in 1984 in Liberty Hall, Binondo, the hub of cultural pursuits in Manila's Chinatown, he fell in love with it. His areas of expertise include Philippine and Asian history, archaeology, and the history of medicine. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Philippines in Manila.

On February 25, March 4, 11, and 18, Dynamics of Brush and Color will be featured at the Gateway Gallery (located in Gateway Tower, Araneta City). Using a targeted and individualized mentoring approach, it promises to be a pleasant learning opportunity. Limited but free Xuan papers, which Esguerra obtained from Taiwan, will be made available.

Registration is P12,000 for all four sessions. Because there are only a limited number of spots, register early. To register and sign up, go to https://forms.gle/2eQhqVsNZ5NenV8e6.

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