The legend of the blue willow
The children are going to create a landscape inspired by the blue willow pattern drawing an orange tree, a tea house, a fence, a willow tree, a bridge with three persons crossing it, a boat, and two birds. In parallel, they are going to learn and practice the art of Chinese brush painting inspired by Chinese artist Qi BaiShi.
A2 Paper. Watercolour pencils.
What are we going to look at:
Qi Baishi was an influential Chinese painter who is credited for modernizing the gongbi style of classical Chinese painting. Qi was born on January 1, 1864 in Xiangtan, China to a peasant family. Initially trained as carpenter, he taught himself to paint using the Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden, a painting guidebook from the Qing dynasty era. His earliest works included performers, everyday people, and animals, and he soon developed a reputation for his wide variety of subjects. He died in Beijing, China on September 19, 1957. In 2017, Qi’s Twelve Landscape Screens (1925), set a new record for the highest-selling Chinese painting ever.