The power of art, a quote attributed to Albert Einstein neatly summed up our most important challenge. We believe that an art appreciation association is not meant to impress scholars with the erudition of its authors, but to inspire in its learners a lifelong love of art. It has been our goal to share traditional Chinese painting, as well as calligraphy, yet enjoyable experience that educates by pleasure.
A second challenge we faced was to select, from the astonishing treasures of visual art produced over the centuries, several hundred images that could represent the sweep of our Eastern art heritage in a global context. It was a painful process.
In traditional Chinese painting circles Jack is a master of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, especially the Peony, which represents Beauty, Elegance and National Fragrance. He has a fresh approach to Chinese painting which is beautiful, pure and lively. His simple and natural tones combine the traditional Chinese painting spirit with the soul of modern times to form a unique freehand style of Chinese painting that is appreciated and valued by his fellow artists, students and society.
Jack has been awarded several top art awards including a National Golden Prize for Chinese Painting in 2012.
Our Red Peony Academy is located in the library of Ningbo University Zone(Yinzhou Library) which has a pleasant ambience and rich and precious Chinese painting and calligraphy art literature resources. Jack can make the fullest use of these to guide you.
Every international student can start from learning how to paint the beautiful Peony, the Chinese National flower, which has been painted by traditional Chinese artists for centuries. The Peony is a symbol for the Chinese people that brings peace, happiness and best wishes to the whole world with Her National Beauty and Heavenly Fragrance. This colourful glorious flower symbolizes everything that is auspicious, propitious, flourishing，happy, wealthy and elegant.
Our Red Peony Academy offers free courses on the Chinese painting and calligraphy all the week. Over 6600 foreigners from more than 160 countries have come to experience and share the art, including university students, foreign families, foreign teachers, international entrepreneurs, overseas media reporters, as well as some of the ambassadors.
Jack will teach you how to paint the peony within two hours if you are a newcomer. You will find it an amazing experience since some can do a brilliant peony painting in a very short time, also you can learn how to paint the Four Symbolic “Gentlemen” of Chinese Traditional Painting: Plum Blossom, Orchid, Bamboo and Chrysanthemum, and of course, the calligraphy.
The first painting class on April 9, 2012
Painting classes for foreign citizens of Chinese or
Workshop of art at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, the UK
Two hours’ painting experience in Ningbo, China
Peony painting classes
Plum blossom painting classes
Orchid painting classes
Bamboo painting classes
Chrysanthemum painting classes
Landscape painting classes
Detail painting classes
2015 is the year of the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. It is a cultural and artistic feast, unforgettable historic moment for all the participants who attended this event since 66 foreign friends from just 66 countries got together at the Red Peony Academy on May 30, 2015, painting 66 lovely peonies in the 9.9-meter-long scroll of Xuan paper.