NWS Board Report From China
We did not plan to stay longer than 10 days, but everything changed when the president of FEDERATED WATERCOLOR SOCIETIES OF CHINA published an interview with Ken throughout China, showing images from his earlier Chinese Brush Painting period (1980 - 1983 - blog post), plus several images of his current work in a Chinese Watercolor Magazine.
Because of this publicity, six Universities invited Ken to lecture, demonstrate and dialogue with all expensed covered for both of us.
So, on December 3, we flew into Shenzhen and on December 5 attended the opening Ceremony of our NWS International China/American Small Image Exchange and the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial.
DECEMBER 3, 2015 - JANUARY 5, 2016
December 3 - 8
Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial
NWS Small Image Exchange Exhibition:
NWS Small Image Exchange Exhibition:
Ken Gave two opening speeches
December 8 - 11
Artists invited to sketch in Shantou City
and to all paint on a 30 meter scroll
Ken and Stephanie’s section of scroll
We met our new host from the Federated Watercolor Societies of China
and continued our journey to Fujian province to lecture in Xiamen City.
The Jimei University’s Art Department in
Xiamen is the entire high-rise on the left
We attended an art exhibition of University instructors (which included 40 of Ken’s watercolors) and met with leaders of Jimei University and the Fujian Art Society.
Always big Welcome Banners
Ken delivered one of two lectures he’d prepared entitled
MY 45 YEAR ARTISTIC JOURNEY
CONDENSED INTO 45 MINUTES.
We toured the Clouds Art High School
December 13 and 14
Then we traveled to nearby Quanzhou City where Ken gave his second
lecture on WATERCOLOR AND WATER-MEDIA: THEN AND NOW (the entire history of Watercolor) at the Guanzhou Normal University,
and was interviewed by a local television station.
Then it was on to Hubei province in Wuhan City
where Ken was asked to give both lectures at the Hubei Institute of Fine Art and we were invited to dialogue with artists of the Hubei Watercolour Institute.
Approximately 300 Students and instructors
Stephanie and I visited Tsingua University in Beijing where we dialogued with teachers and artists for two days. Here, Ken was included in his third exhibition with instructors.
A Professionally framed pop-up exhibition of Ken’s small works.
Then, at the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Ken delivered both lectures and gave a painting demonstration.
Always given really warm welcomes
Ken asked to demonstrate Chinese Brush Painting skills from 35 years ago in front of instructors!
A Special visit with
Master Guan Weixing
our NWS 2005 award winner
BEIJING - Beihai Park: Lovely Mandarin ducks
(prettier in lake than on the lunch table)
The home of Mandarin ducks
with a beautiful smoggy sunset
December 23 - 26
On to Qingdao:
The University’s setting and
architecture is very beautiful
At 3 pm after meeting other art instructors and
having lunch, Ken delivered both lectures at the
Qingdao University Library Report Hall.
Xi’an December 26-29
We traveled to Xian to see the incredible sights, sounds and eats of the Silk Road.
Seeing the Terra-cotta Warriors
A beautiful, intense hike up famous Hua Mountain (way above the smog)
We flew to Dunhuang sand dunes to see the Crescent Oasis Buddhist Temple.
Crescent Spring Buddhist Temple nestled
in Sand Dunes along the Silk Road
Yardang National Geo-park
Unique rock formations developing over a period of 700,000 years.
Then on the 31st drove to the Mokao
Grottos where we saw the amazing Buddha caves.
We flew into Shanghai.
Shanghai Historical Museum and walked along the riverfront.
We explored the historical markets of Shanghai and had exotic tea.
We visited Faculty and Directors at Shanghai Normal University
Ken gave his last lecture at Shanghai Normal University.
Home sweet Home to America xxoxox!!!!!!!
Wonderful new friends!!!!!!
We would like to thank all of those involved in making this an adventure of a life time. We look forward to seeing our new friends here in America and again in China. ken&steph