Creative Catalyst Productions - Chinese Brush Painting with Kwan Jung

Chinese Brush Painting with Kwan Jung


Artist: Kwan Jung
Producer: Creative Catalyst Productions
Runtime: 70 min
This is a DVD


Kwan Jung, NA, explains materials, shows how to hold the brush, and demonstrates six traditional Chinese subjects: prawn (and the 10 basic brush strokes), swallow birds, bamboo in calm weather, bamboo in wind, hibiscus, horses and cowboy, viewed at multiple camera angles for clear instruction, making it all look easy.

The serenity of his personality is reflected in his work. Kwan Jung uses the following materials in this workshop: Two ply Xian paper, black ink (ink stick or liquid ink). Watercolor: blue, orange, yellow and red. Brushes: Mid-size sheep hair brush, bamboo brush of fox hair. Kwan recommends practicing with one brush until comfortable then adding one brush at a time. Chop of soap stone for seal, red seal ink. More



Excellent – The artist workshop and the company who filmed it. I bought this video to learn more and improve my own skills. Your video delighted me as much as the history, technique and materials to use. Please note: The opening cliché (‘What goes around comes around') after the Feds note threat – so delighted me I was prepared to enjoy. – Sandra Seely, Dover, DE


I liked it a lot. I had read and tried Chinese Brush painting before, but had never seen the brush strokes made. To learn Chinese Brush Painting, you have to see it done. You can't learn from a book, unless you have seen a demonstration first. – anon


It really helps to watch someone demonstrate this lovely form of art. Thanks! – Christine Olson, Friendsville, PA

BONUS CLIP: Holding the Brush

In this clip from his DVD workshop, Chinese Brush Painting, master painter Kwan Jung demonstrates the proper technique for holding a brush. You learn to steady your hand for painting details with the lock-in hold and to paint large shapes using the three-finger hold.


BONUS CLIP 2: Painting a Bird with the Chinese Brush Technique

In this clip from his DVD workshop, Chinese Brush Painting, Kwan Jung demonstrates a traditional method for painting beautiful, classic subjects with an amazing economy of brush strokes. He paints a swallow with only 10 strokes using black ink and a single color. Like all the demonstrations on Kwan's DVD, this clip shows the most difficult stroke from multiple angles so you can master it at home.



Capture the essence of complex subjects in just a few strokes with Chinese brush painting. This traditional method requires patience and practice, but you'll get a huge head start in master painter Kwan Jung's DVD workshop. You'll build discipline and design skills as you render six classic subjects in ink and paint. Kwan covers the essential skills, from grinding ink to gripping the brush. First you'll learn the 10 basic strokes as you paint a prawn. Then you'll add movement and gesture to your repertoire as Kwan demonstrates bamboo and bird forms. He varies brush width within each stroke, allowing him to paint quickly and judiciously. Kwan adds colorful accents with acrylics and watercolors. You'll mix these media with ink to subtly shift hues as you paint hibiscus, horses, and a cowboy. The video repeats critical strokes so you can watch Kwan's brushwork from multiple angles. Learn classical techniques to enhance your current art in Chinese Brush Painting with Kwan Jung.


From Who's Who:

First Name:  Kwan Yee

Last Name:  Jung

Occupation: artist

Born: Toisun, Guang Dong, China, November 25, 1932

Education: BA, New Asia College, Hong Kong, 1961

Career: Commercial artist advertising department Hong Kong Soy Bean Products Co., 1961-63; owner Jung's Gallery, La Jolla, California, 1976-78; freelance artist, instructor, demonstrator San Diego, 1978—

Creative Works:  Exhibited in group shows including National Academy of Design annuals, 1999, AWS, NWS; one-man shows at Kim Art Gallery, Rowland Heights, California, 1981, Co-art International Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Can., 1996, Kruglak Gallery, Mira Costa College, Oceanside, California, 1997, San Diego Chinese Hist. Museum, 1997, The Earl and Birdie Taylor Libr., San Diego, 1998; author, Chinese Brush Painting Step By Step, 2003.


Recipient First Place award San Diego Watercolor Society, 1973, Best of Show award Sumi-E Society Am., 1974, Purchase award Springville Museum Art, 1974, Margery Soroka Memorial award AWS, 1999.


Member National Academy Design (Merit award 1992, national academician), Am. Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society


came to U.S., 1963


Son of Fred Hing and Shun Tong (Lee) J.; Married Yee Wah Yip, September 10, 1962; children: Jeanne, Kathy, Laura.