Presentation of Brush Techniques for Chinese Calligraphy & Painting

for Association of Oriental Arts (aka Tao Arts)

@ Jaycee Center, Irving, Texas

April 10, 2010, Saturday 


Joshua Hough will be giving a presentation about brush techniques of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese brush painting on April 10, 2010 at Jaycee Park Center. The monthly meeting and reporting of Tao Arts will start from 10 to 11 AM followed by Joshua's presentation of Chinese brush techniques starting at around 11 AM for one hour or so. Tao Arts welcomes anyone attending and sharing this coming event. It's not required to bring your ink, brush, and paper. Tao Arts has 30 - 50 active members, mostly Americans who enjoy practicing Chinese brush painting in north Texas.

Jaycee Park Center

2000 West Airport Freeway, Irving, Texas, 75062
Tel: 972 721 2488


Many thanks to Todd for assistance                                            Introducing Master painter Pu Hsin-Yu


Due to time limitation, I have not explained many aspects of brush techniques and principles related to Chinese painting and Chinese calligraphy at and This is also because there are so many aspects and levels of knowledge and skills involved with the mastery of Chinese brushes. I believe by scientifically and systematically exploring the possibilities of brushes, a beginner as well as a practitioner of several years will understand the functions of different brushes and benefit from this lecture by saving their practice time and avoiding misunderstandings.

The topics will include the following explanations and techniques:

  • Angles, directions, and pressures of the brush

  • Timing and water factors

  • Paper selections

  • Sitting postures and ergonomics; Trigonometry

  • Comparing methods of holding calligraphy and painting brushes

  • Round stroke, upright stroke, and reverse stroke

  • Basic Chinese calligraphy strokes (not including Mandarin Chinese lessons)

  • Texture Methods in Chinese brush painting (CBP): How they are derived and applied from calligraphy strokes (Texture Methods 皴法 (Pinyin: cun fa) are the methods of showing the shades and textures of rocks and mountains by different kinds of brushstrokes in Chinese landscape painting.)

  • The benefits of practicing and applying Chinese calligraphy to CBP such as painting bamboos, pinetrees, mountains, rocks, and etc.

  • Different brush techniques of CBP: side cutting, dragging, pause, dotting, circles, curves, turning, rotating, shivering, tapping, wash, round stroke, side stroke, reverse strokes, and combinations


If you are interested in joining us, please feel free to contact Ms. Brandy Thomas at

The Association of Oriental Arts was founded by Ms. Iweeta McIntosh about 30 years ago in Irving, Texas. The Association has periodic exhibitions and seminars to preserve the traditional Chinese brush painting and to study the underlying principle of Oriental Brush Painting - the philosophy of TAO.

Every year the Association has exhibitions and seminars at Jaycee Park Center for the Arts and Irving Arts Center.

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