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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Gongshi (Scholar's Rocks)


  • Pao Arts Center 99 Albany Street Boston, MA, 02111 United States (map)

Gongshi, known as Scholar's rocks in English, are naturally occurring or shaped rocks that are historically favored by Chinese Literati. These fantastically-shaped stones, often placed in traditional Chinese gardens, can be any color, shape and size, and have inspired poets, painters and writers.

Come and try your hand at painting these erratics in Chinese watercolor as they are accompanied by the Four Gentleman flowers: the plum blossom, the orchid, the bamboo and the chrysanthemum.

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Class will be held on Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Register for the series by Saturday, September 28.

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About the Artist: Xiaoyong Liu emigrated to the United States in 2008. In 2009, he started teaching children and adults Chinese painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds. In recent years, his students have exhibited their art and participated and won awards in the National Teenagers Calligraphy Contests. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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