ISF Primary Students Try Ink Wash Painting
Just before the holiday break ISF primary students were introduced to a new painting technique called ink wash painting. This is a type of brush painting of Chinese origin using black ink. The essential idea is to capture the spirit of the subject in the paintings.
Dr. Domench decided to try this out with the students as he wanted to increase their confidence. They do not do an outline sketch on paper in advance but paint directly onto the paper. It is not possible to erase a mistake – they have to be incorporated into the painting. This technique is very challenging as the ink quickly runs over the paper. Improvisation is also an important component with the lack of control enhancing creativity. Students really enjoyed working with the black ink, especially when it ran over the paper and they could try blowing it, and improvising when they had to turn a mistake into a different feature in their paintings.
We would like to congratulate Dr. Domench and our primary students in managing to produce such wonderful pictures using this challenging technique.