August 15, 2016, it was a special day for Goornong Primary School students as they experienced a special Chinese culture – ink blowing painting.
Ink blowing painting is a modern creation technique in traditional Chinese ink painting. There is no need for a brush, but to drip ink on paper and use mouth or straw to blow it into shape, fingers or cotton buds are then used to add colours to complete the painting. The plum blossom Goornong Primary School students are going to paint is one of the most typical plants -- plum blossoms in Chinese painting.
After Ms Hu, from Bendigo Senior Secondary College Confucius Classroom, introduced the symbolism of Chinese ink painting and plum blossom in Chinese culture, she explained the techniques and tools needed for this task and demonstrated the steps in the creation process.
Students were very keen when it was their turn to start painting. Each student was given a piece of paper, a straw and a cotton bud, along with some red and yellow paint. As soon as Ms Hu dripped ink onto their paper, students started to blow the plum branches. While painting the plum blossoms, students were immersed in classic Chinese music ‘Three Stanzas of Plum Blossoms’.
After students blew the branches, they used cotton buds to dot red petals, some also used yellow paint to dot the stamen.
Now the plum blossoms are completed, but the painting is not completed. A complete Chinese painting is a combination of painting, calligraphy and seal. Therefore, students need to name the painting and leave the date with their names. As students have no seal, they left their finger prints on the painting.
Looking at their own work, students were fulfilled with a sense of accomplishment. Look at their beautiful smiles!