Saturday 4-5pm $80 per month or $20 per class supplies not included You can join any month of the year.
Chinese Art I (ages 5-9): Drawings and simple Chinese brush painting Chinese Art II (ages 9+): Sketch and Chinese brush painting
Instructor: Hong Sheng Zhao Hong Sheng Zhao was born the youngest of eight children in Tiajin, China. He learned landscape style from his father Songtao Zhao, an internationally known Chinese landscape artist. Later on he went to the Arts and Crafts Institute in Beijing, China. Many of his siblings are also well known artists.
He first gained fame as a fabric designer. Zhao’s current paintings are gouache on bamboo paper with a textured surface created by physically squeezing the canvas. Gouache is an opaque watercolor made from natural pigments and set in an emulsion of tree sap. It is a material of the utmost permanence with a long history of use in Western art; gouache paintings from the first Egyptian 5000 years ago, have been found completely intact. The back of his paintings are painted a contrasting color which bleeds through the squeeze marks on the front of the canvas. The resulting finish exhibits a faint and deceptively uniform pattern reminiscent of fabric designs.
His first career as a fabric designer took a new direction as he produced everything from corporate paintings to costume and stage designs. His love of the Western masterworks led him to the International Folk School in Denmark in 1991. He has been teaching adults and children in Huntsville for many years.