Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting at USC Pacific Asia Museum

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Guang Zhang

When I first moved to Los Angeles, I was drawn to the USC Pacific Asia Museum by my good friend, the previous instructor of the Traditional Chinese Brush Painting class. Both the excellent collection as well as the emphasis on community education of Asian arts resonated with me. I was honored to take over instruction of the class more than 20 years ago and have been teaching here ever since. The Traditional Chinese Brush Painting class teaches a broad selection of Chinese art over the millennium, from landscapes to flora and fauna. I have always meant for it as a both in-depth instruction on the various brushwork techniques, and cultural immersion into the context in which the works were created and their implications for society. Starting with my demonstrating select, well-known paintings, followed by students practicing and one-on-one edits of their work, the goal is always to enable the students – whether beginners or experienced – to bring their framed works back to their friends and family to share.

I’m very excited last year to have started a new class on Chinese calligraphy due to popular demand. While an integral part of Chinese painting, it’s really an art in itself, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed going in-depth on the techniques and cultural context of popular Chinese characters and phrases with the students.

It’s been an absolute pleasure teaching these classes and getting to know the students, some of whom have been here even longer than I have. My favorite moments are always the one-on-one time with students on their own works, and I do hope to share more of those moments with more people. Please join us on Jan 10, 2015 as our new sessions begin.

–David

Guang Zhang (David) was educated at the Shanghai Art Academy and the Brera Academy in Milan, Italy. He is a Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Art Academy and began his career as an Editor at the Shanghai People’s Fine Arts Publishing House. His works have been published broadly in over 30 collections and exhibited in the US, China, Japan, Italy and Denmark, among others.

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