Chinese Painting in a Day – a great form of relaxation

Today I did a Chinese painting class at the CAE – a beautiful way to spend a Sunday. Teacher Thanh Duong took us through the techniques of Lingnan Chinese painting, which uses brushes of animal hairs to combine ink and paints on rice paper using a freehand style to produce an expression of the artist’s life energy.

We learned techniques of working with water, ink and colour-mixing as well as several ways to hold the brush and do the stroke work. I was inspired by the results of all of our small class (only three of us), in such a short time.

I’d like to do some more sometime soon.

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What do John Travolta and Longreach have in common?

They both have old Qantas 707 planes. Longreach’s 707 is at the Qantas Founders Museum. John Tavolta is a flight enthusiast and Qantas ambassador. We learnt this piece of trivia when we spent most of today at the Museum. They had a much larger 747 that we were shown in detail.

Before going to the Museum, we visited the Longreach School of Distance Education, where we saw a class in action. The school has 147 students scattered over a classroom that is larger than the state of Victoria.

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