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Painting in China

May 26 - June 24, 2015 *dates may vary slightly

The School of Art and Design at West Virginia University is proud to announce its

international painting study in China. This program will provide an opportunity for

students to study landscape painting in Chinese ink style in Nanjing and Tangka (scroll

painting in Tibetan) in Tongren, Qinghai Province with extensive traveling to major

historical and cultural sites throughout China.

A short stay in Shanghai will enable you to experience one of China’s most important

collections housed in her fabulous new museum. This magnificent collection of painting,

calligraphy, ceramics, bronze, jade, furniture and much more will be a breathtaking

introduction to this unique cultural experience. Trips to the famed European section, “the

Bund” and Yu Yuan Garden will also highlight our stay. Next we will travel to Nanjing,

China’s ancient southern capital and famous for its exquisite silk production. Nanjing

Arts Institute is one of the oldest art schools in China. With modern studios and facilities,

and western style dormitories, it is the perfect host site for an intensive workshop studio


The city of Nanjing is a vibrant, dynamic, modern city with ancient roots, sure to

stimulate your eyes, mind and heart to create new possibilities of art making. Extensive

studio time will be dedicated to developing technical skills and artistic vision.

Participants in the program will be directed in discovering personal connections with the

rich artistic, cultural, scientific and architectural traditions of China and establishing

relationships to their own contemporary art making practices.

Members of the Nanjing Art College faculty will lecture and demonstrate their skills and

ideas, introducing students to traditional Chinese painting. Studio time is designed to

allow students the opportunity to incorporate these Chinese techniques, materials and

concepts into your own artistic expressions and intellectual concepts. While in Nanjing

we will take an excursion to Yellow Mountain (Huangshan). As the most revered

mountains in China, artists, poets and musicians have immortalized them for centuries. In

addition, we will travel to Xidi, Hongchun, Suzhou, the “eastern Venice”, and Yangzhou

renown for their picturesque beauty and excellent cuisine.

Many activities and special field trips are scheduled including Ming Tombs, regional

museums, local antique and food markets. Next we will travel to Xian, China’s ancient

capital, once served as the powerful center of the Tang dynasty silk trade. Rich in culture

and art history, this area is a pivotal site connected to the origins of Chinese civilization.

Xian is home to Emperor Qin’s terra-cotta Army, one of the major wonders of the world,

Forest of Steles, Shanxi Museum, and much more.

We will leave Xian for Xining to visit Wu Tun village of Tong Ren (Re Gong in

Tibetan), Huangnan Zang Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. It is famed as the

hometown of Zang nationality painters. In the early 15th century, the Re Gong Art began

to flourish, Tangka painting artists were increasing, who mainly centralized in Wu Tun.

We will visit artist’s studio and the Tangka painting masters will demonstrate their

painting techniques and materials. Qinghai is a remote area in western China famous for

Qinghai Lake, Taer Lamasery and the Zang nationality people. From Xining we will

travel to Beijing for the final three day segment of the trip. Once there, we will stay at the

Central Academy of Fine Arts and visit the Great Wall, Tainanmen Square, Forbidden

City, 798 Art District, and more.