Chinese Calligraphy and Painting for Beginners

Course Overview

Begin a journey into the ancient art of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting!

Learn the symbiotic relationship between painting and calligraphy, both sharing common materials and techniques. In China, these twin arts have been regarded as a unity for over a thousand years, adding depth and cultural significance to your artistic exploration.

As you step into the realm of Chinese art, this beginner’s course will provide you with a flexible and inclusive learning environment. Discover the fundamental skills of brush and ink control, laying the foundation for basic calligraphy strokes. These skills will then be applied to the creation of stunning landscape and animal paintings.

Whether you are a complete novice or have some experience in painting, this course invites you to unlock the rich heritage of Chinese artistry and express your creativity through the elegant strokes of calligraphy and the vibrant canvas of painting.

Join us and let the beauty of Chinese art inspire your artistic endeavors!

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

In this course, you will learn:

  • 4 treasures of instrument in studio
  • Calligraphy skill is identical to painting skill
  • Brush and ink control
  • 8 Basic strokes in current regular script
  • Cosmology is identical to aesthetic
  • Yin yang contrast table
  • 6 canons of Chinese painting
  • Chinese san sui perspective
  • 3 prototype trees in landscape
  • Animal painting using calligraphy skill
  • Inscription and seal usage
  • Pigment and colour usage

Course outcome

By the end of the course you will:

  • Basic skill in both calligraphy and painting
  • Deeper understanding of Chinese aesthetic
  • Painting is identical to drawing in Chinese brush art
  • Usage of Chinese xuan paper, ink, and different pigments
  • Ying Yang theory in Chinese art
  • To know where to buy relevant material and get useful resources

What you need to know

Entry requirements

This course assumes no prior knowledge of painting but is also suitable for those with some painting experience. The course is flexible so that it can cater for any level of experience.

What you need to provide

  • Chinese xuan paper
  • Chinese bottle ink
  • Chinese brush( preferably small size white cloud or orchid bamboo)
  • Ink and water container
  • Plastic or pottery palette

Other information

  • Tea and coffee supplied.

Coming soon

There are currently no classes scheduled for this course.

Please check back later as classes are added regularly or get in touch for more information.

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Enrol

Step 1 - Choose Your Course

  • Select the non-accredited short course you are interested in.
  • Find a day and time that suits your schedule.

Note: Enrolment is open to anyone 18 years or older.

Step 2 - Enrol and Verify

  • Click ‘Enrol Now’ after selecting your course and schedule.
  • Enter your details on the enrolment page.
  • Verify your email through a secure link sent to your email address.
  • Complete the secure checkout and payment process.

Ensure you read the Terms and Conditions available at: Macquarie Community College Terms and Conditions. For assistance, call customer service at 1300 845 888.

Step 3 - Receive Your Enrolment Details

  • You will receive an immediate enrolment confirmation email upon successful enrolment. Check and read the attached Terms and Conditions.
  • The payer of the enrolment will receive a tax invoice immediately after processing.
  • You will receive a course reminder email a day before your class begins.
  • For Online Zoom classes, a Zoom link and password will be emailed the day before class. Use the same link and password for subsequent sessions if applicable.