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Baltic Shop Creates | Oriental Botanical Painting

Saturday 26 October | 1pm-4pm | Book now
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Join us for a botanical painting workshop with artist Qi Fang Colbert.

Saturday 26 October | 1pm-4pm
£40 per person

In this relaxing painting workshop, you will discover the possibilities of botanic painting using Chinese water-and-ink painting techniques. 

The workshop will include:

  • a demonstration on how to create botanic subjects such as irises, wisteria, cherry blossom, bamboo etc.
  • You will learn different brush techniques to make various expressive strokes, marks, shapes and forms to create botanic compositions using ink and water.

Rather than copying the realistic outlines of what you see, the brush can capture the expressive essence with free-flowing brush strokes. Unlike western painting which has an emphasis on shades, volume and botanic precision, the expressive Chinese paintings seek to capture the essence of the plant, illuminated by the contrasting dryness and wetness of the brush strokes, fluency of the flowing brush strokes, and the free-spreading compositions. 

This workshop is perfect for absolute beginners and those new to ink painting. No art skills are required to enjoy this spiritual and expressive art form.

About Qi Fang Colbert

Qi Fang Colbert is an artist, ceramist, illustrator, art tutor and independent researcher working between art practice and academic research. Qi studied a practice-led PhD in Fine Art at Newcastle University, UK and a MA and BA of Visual Design at Jiangnan University, China. 

Qi’s contemporary practice encompasses various mediums including watercolour, Chinese ink painting, drawing, illustration, ceramics and video installations. Her work focuses on exploring the development and transforming identities of misplaced individuals through dramatic social changes and cultural dislocations globally and locally.


Refreshments provided.

Please advise us of any dietary requirements or allergies.

Suitable for ages 12+

Please note we cannot offer refunds on this event.


We want our events to be inclusive and accessible. If you have any accessibility requests or questions, please email [javascript protected email address]. Ahead of your visit, you can find out about Baltic's facilities and accessibility here.


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