China Painting: a contemporary approach – C0204-18

Date: Jun 11 - 15, 2018

Skill Level(s): I to II i

Instructor(s): Kurt Weiser & Paul Lewing

Tuition: $1,175
Studio Fee: $95
Registration Fee: $45


Master the ancient and almost-forgotten art of china painting from two contemporary masters with very different styles. This distinct practice is a notable and beautiful addition to any ceramic toolbox. China paint is the most painterly of all ceramic materials and can be made to achieve any effect possible with paint or ink. Explore a variety of techniques and perspectives in this eclectic, encompassing workshop about a truly unique artform.

Media & Techniques:

The instructors demonstrate their use of oil-based china paints to depict surreal imagery on porcelain. We explore the instructor’s more eclectic approach to imagery and application, using only water-based mediums. Students paint on their own glazed and fired work and/or on commercial china or tiles. We fire work daily and students leave with finished pieces.


We explore the techniques of china painting, including mixing and mediums, application and firing. We cover brushes, pens, screens, sprayers and more.


Kurt Weiser studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Michigan. He was the Director of the Archie Bray Foundation and is a regents professor at Arizona State University.

Paul Lewing, a tile muralist from the Seattle area, holds an M.F.A. from the University of Montana. He is the author of China Paint & Overglaze and has taught workshops in all 50 states.

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