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Oct 17 2022 - Nov 03 2022


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



1017DW-CBP: Brush Painting (Oct.24,27,31 & Nov 3, 1-4pm)


Workshop Dates/Time: October 17, 20, 24,27 31 and November 3 (1:00pm-4:00pm)

Level: All
Materials Fee: See the supply list for the amount and explanation of materials fees

Download Supply List here


This ancient art form has been taught the same way for centuries using brush stokes for “The Four Gentlemen”: Bamboo, Grass Orchid, Plum Blossom, and Chrysanthemum. “The Four Treasures”, which are the ancient materials essential for painting which have also remained the same for centuries: ink stone, ink stick, rice paper, and Chinese brushes.

This workshop is perfect for anyone who has never painted before, as well as those who have experience in other mediums who are curious about this ancient art form. In this 3 week class (3 hours each session, 2 sessions per week) participants will learn basic differences between Eastern and Western approaches to art, how to use “The Four Treasures”, which are the ancient materials essential for painting which have remained the same for centuries: ink stone, ink stick, rice paper, and Chinese brushes.  Basic age-old brush strokes the Chinese Masters used will be taught through “The Four Gentlemen”: Bamboo, Grass Orchid, Plum Blossom, and Chrysanthemum. Mounting techniques for cards and completed paintings will complete the workshop.

As the technique is learned, the artist’s own feelings about a subject will flow onto the paper, giving the painting a life of its own. Use of excellent quality materials included in the supplies fee are: Chinese “Happy Dot” & “Best Combination” brushes; ink stone; ink stick; various kinds of rice paper; two cards/envelopes; mounting paste; and felt.

The following are common household supplies each participant is asked to bring:

Two small plastic, white or clear, water containers
Paper weights: 4 small rocks or paper weights to hold down sides of the rice paper while painting
Brush rest: something as simple as an empty toilet paper roll, or low smooth stone, which you can rest your wet brushes on
Palette…Not needed until the 3rd class, and a simple white saucer will do just fine if you don’t have a palette                                                                                
Ivory soap bar (solid, not liquid)

Please come dressed in something you don’t mind getting ink on.





Workshop Teacher

  • Dawn Wicklow

    Dawn Wicklow believes that creating art can bring more focus to what is beautiful in the world, and in so doing, help make it a more loving and peaceful place. For nearly 30 years her avenue for artistic expression was as an actor/singer performing everything from Shakespeare to Opera. Then, in April of 2012, she took a Chinese Brush Painting class, and visual art, her true calling, made itself known to her. In April of 2013 she quit her day job, and moved to her cabin in North Fork, North Carolina, to be alone for a year to paint 8-16 hours a day to learn her craft and begin her art business. Her first sales came from selling hand painted cards at a Mountain City flea market, five years later she had a solo exhibit at the Jones House in Boone. For five years she split her time between Florida and North Carolina, continuing to take classes, doing festivals, and teaching workshops. As of April, 2018, she lives full time in her beloved North Carolina mountains.

    She was drawn to the elegant brush strokes and spiritual nature of East Asian Brush Painting and studied with Sharon Bennett, who became her mentor, then took additional workshops with Yuming Zhu, Teri Chin, Freda McCain, and Lian Quan Zhen. Cathy Taylor and June Rollins introduced her to alcohol inks on Yupo (a non-porous plastic paper), and she has developed techniques to incorporate Asian brush strokes and a meditative approach to those vivid colors and fluid nature. She says, “… alcohol-based inks seem to have a mind of their own, flowing and mixing in often unexpected ways…paying attention to what the inks reveal often yields the most interesting paintings.” She works with other mediums as well, including watercolors, oils, encaustic wax, and collage.

    Sharing her joy of painting is important to her so she teaches various workshops including Introduction to Alcohol Ink and Introduction to East Asian Brush Painting. She especially loves working with people who have never painted before, or who at some point in their lives were told they had no talent for art. It is her belief that we are all born with talent and creativity, and she loves seeing that spark come alive in people who are willing to push through their fear and open up to the possibilities they have inside.

    Her art has been accepted in juried art shows and exhibits, highlights include: 2017- Jones House, Boone, NC, (solo exhibit “From the Street to Jones House”), and Okeechobee (Judge’s Choice Award); 2016- “It All Started At Leu Gardens”, a solo exhibit for the City of Orlando, the Blowing Rock Historical Society’s Artist in Residence program at Edgewood Cottage, and  The Ashe County Studio Arts Tour; 2015-The Virginia Highlands Juried Fine Arts Festival Exhibit (Best in Show, People’s Choice Award), Blowing Rock “Art in the Park” (Honorable Mention), Arts league of Orange County exhibits (Charles Turzak & 2nd Place Awards); Orlando Museum of Art’s “First Thursday” exhibits (People’s Choice Award); & 2014- “The Best of the Blue Ridge”, Ashe County Arts Council, West Jefferson, NC