Students practice their brush strokes during a Chinese brush painting class at the Mid-Continent Public Library’s North Independence Branch for a class on the subject. The hands-on workshop taught by Valda Hsu offered painting techniques as well as an understanding of the Chinese artist’s perception of nature

 Chinese brush painting dates back more than  4,000 years.

The art form includes both landscapes and flower/bird paintings as well as calligraphy.

The brush while similar to a western watercolor brush, has a finer tip and is made from bamboo with camel hair or even cashier bristles. 

Chinese brush paintings use inscriptions of calligraphy and special seals as part of the painting itself to express the theme and conception of the painting.