Join Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for a range of exciting classes and courses. See below for what’s on this month or the side panel for all other upcoming programs.

7 Week course
Tuesdays 13 February – 27 March, 1:30pm – 3:00pm 

The ancient art of Chinese calligraphy is traditionally said to be like meditation; quieting the heart and calming the mind by moving its qi or energy in rhythm with the movement of the brush. Learn to control a soft brush on rice paper, and use it to form bold yet delicate strokes that create harmonious and elegant Chinese characters. At the end of the course, you will have meaningful works of your own to take home and the technique and appreciation to make calligraphy an everyday skill that is a pleasure to perform and a delight to view.

This course is suitable for students of all levels. Beginners will start with the basic movements of dots and strokes on rice paper. More advanced learners will be guided to develop confidence with the changing of strokes and their cooperation within characters, and will further understand how the heaviness and speed of the brush, as well as the space between characters affect the balance of whole works.

$175 / $150 InSight Members, Materials are included. Please bring an apron and closed in shoes. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410

Artist Biography: Xueyi Bai worked in the Shanghai Children’s Palace for twelve years as a Chinese calligraphy teacher. She is a member of the Chinese Calligraphy Association and a member of the Shanghai Chinese Calligraphy Association, one of few in Australia. Now, Xueyi is a Chinese calligraphy workshop presenter at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Saturday 31 March 2018 | 10:30am – 1:30pm

In this workshop you will be introduced to the main principles of ink painting and will learn the central role of water to compose a balanced artwork. You will learn ‘wet on wet’ and ‘wet on dry’ techniques, and will experiment through layering effects to create light and darkness. You will also discover various reserve techniques to create depth and texture. This workshop also includes tips for ink management, brush and paper qualities, how to use negative and positive space efficiently.

By the end of the 3 hour workshop you will have produced one A4 and one A3 paintings which explore a variety of textures and details.

$ 110 / $100 (Insight Members) Bookings essential at reception or by calling 4780 5410.
All materials included. Bring your own apron, notebook and pen.
Cancellation policy applies.

Wednesdays, 2 May – 27 June, 10:30am – 1pm

This exciting workshop will cover the many varied creative and technical approaches to the landscape painting tradition. Students will be able to work plein air (taking in the spectacular views from the Cultural Centre) as well as from sketches, photos, memory and imagination. They will explore colour, mark making and composition. Tim will demonstrate many techniques and approaches to the genre; he will introduce and analyse historical and contemporary landscape artists as well as discussing his own work. There will also be plenty of individual feedback as students develop their own unique approaches and styles. Suitable for all students with some previous painting or drawing experience (equivalent to a one term art class or more).

$350 / $325 InSight Members
Includes all materials. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.