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It sounds complicated, yet for many Chinese, painting can be considered a form of meditation or a relaxing hobby. For others, it's a means to learn about Chinese arts and culture.
There are numerous schools offering art classes in Taipei and understandably most are in Chinese. Brush artist and instructor Lin Hong-jia (
Lin's daughter Jessica Lin (
Clearly, understanding Chinese is not a prerequisite for taking an art class.
"Because so much of the class is visual, a lot can be learned by just following along. As you study the technique, you can also study the
language," the elder Lin said. In addition to his Tianmu location, he has been offering Chinese and Western oil painting classes for more than 30 years at his gallery in Zhongxiao East Road area.
Lin said that many of the students have little, if any, background in painting. "We teach people of all ages, mothers, their children, even businessmen. It doesn't matter how old someone is when they start."
"Some of best students are those with no previous training. The most important thing is to relax and enjoy the class," he said.
Those too shy to partake in group classes can arrange for private lessons through various art schools or with instructor and graduate students in university departments.
An average class-size is between two to 10 students and is priced at NT$5,800 for 24 hours (12 two-hour classes).
Lin's prices are comparable to others around town. Classes are ongoing and those interested can either call to register or stop by the gallery. Many studios offer instruction in Chinese only.
Classes in English and Chinese
Tianmu: Yi-Jhan Gallery
Community Services Center :
25, Ln 29, Zhongshan N Rd, Sec 6, Taipei
Classes in Chinese only
Zhongxiao: Yi-Jhan Gallery Fl 2, 7 Zhongxiao E Rd, Sec 6, Taipei
Tel: (02) 2786 5858.
Yonghe: Hippopotamus Art Studio (next to Fuhsing Mei Gung Art College) 191, Xiangliang Rd, Sec.1, Yonghe
Tel: (02) 2233 1718.
Private or small group classes with Chinese brush artist
Tel: (0911) 831 212.